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Inside-out Samoas

I was once a girl scout, therefore my bastardization of the traditional Samoa cookie is justified.

Inside-out Samoas

Chocolate cookie base with caramel sauce and toasted coconut. Can be rolled or thumbprinted.


Inside-out Samoas

Inside-out Samoas

Caramel Sauce (adapted from WikiHow)

Note: I totally messed up this recipe when I made it, using a 2:1:1 ratio in SIZE instead of WEIGHT. This results in a sweet butter by-product, which is totally awesome on pancakes.

1/2 c sweetened condensed milk

1/4 c brown sugar

1/4 c butter

plus 1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream to desired consistency

  • In a small pan, melt sugar and butter together on low heat until smooth.
  • Add condensed milk and raise temperature very slowly until barely simmering.
  • Stir continuously until brown. (Approx. 20 minutes)
  • Drain off liquid butter and reserve.
  • For candies: Allow to cool on wax paper, cut & wrap.
  • For sauce: Slowly stir in heavy cream until smooth and desired consistency.
Caramel Sauce from sweetened condensed milk

Caramel Sauce from sweetened condensed milk

Toasted coconut

1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • Set oven to 350.
  • Sprinkle coconut on rimmed sheet and place in cold oven.
  • Check and stir occasionally until desired brown-ness. (Approx. the amount of time it takes to preheat.)


Chocolate cookie (adapted from the Buried Cherry Cookies recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • Oven should be preheated to 350 degrees from the toasted coconut.
  • Beat butter 30 seconds.
  • Mix in sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt ’til combined
  • Beat in egg and vanilla ’til combined.
  • Beat in cocoa powder and flour ’til combined.
  • Shape dough into balls and press your thumb into the center OR roll out to the desired shape.
  • Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are firm.
Thumbprint Samoa - I prefer it because of the concentration of caramel in the center.

Thumbprint Samoa – I prefer it because of the concentration of caramel in the center.


  • Once cookies are cool, apply caramel to the thumbprint or sandwich.
  • Sprinkled toasted coconut on top.
  • Refrigerate to firm.
  • Best fresh, but refrigerate if savoring longer.

4 comments on “Inside-out Samoas

  1. Debbie Spivey
    April 15, 2014

    I have one of those cookbooks too. These look great!

  2. KerryCan
    April 15, 2014

    Coconut, caramel, chocolate–you hit the trifecta! These look fabulous!

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