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Recipe: Copy Cat Girl Scout Samoa Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup of butter, softened
1/2 cup of sugar

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of milk (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the sugar and butter until the mixture is fluffy, then add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract. If the dough seems too dry, add the milk.

Roll the dough out to 1/4 of an inch thickness. Using a round cookie-cutter cut dough to form the cookies. Use a smaller circle cutter to cut out the center of the circle–just like the Girl Scouts’ version!

Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool thoroughly
Topping: The GOOD Stuff

3 cups of shredded coconut
12 oz. chewy caramels
1/4 tsp of kosher salt
3 tbsp of milk
8 oz. of semisweet chocolate

Set the oven at 300 degrees.

Spread the shredded coconut onto a baking sheet and place in the oven on the top rack until a golden brown. I turn the cookie sheet and use a spatula to move the coconut for a more even browning. Keep an eye on it, checking about every five minutes.

Once the coconut is golden, remove from oven and allow to cool.

In a medium saucepan melt the caramels with the milk and salt. Use a whisk to blend evenly.

Fold the toasted coconut into the caramel mixture.

Heap 2-3 teaspoons of the caramel coconut mixture on to each cookie and allow to cool.

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate.

Dip bottoms of cookies into chocolate and drizzle any remaining chocolate over the top of the cookies.

So close to the real thing you won’t have to buy ’em by the case again!
About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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