caramel delites (aka samoas)

January 17, 2013

total time: 3 hours     makes 30 cookies

ingredients for cookie
2 sticks (1 c) of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 c granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp kosher salt
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
dipping caramel (recipe follows)
1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
12 oz. chocolate chips

directions:

  1. in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. beat until light and fluffy. add in egg and beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl, if necessary. add in vanilla. beat until smooth. with mixer on low, add in salt and flour. mix until completely incorporated and dough is uniform. pull dough together and shape into a cylinder with a diameter of about 2.5 inches. wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 25 minutes.
  2. preheat oven to 350 degrees. slice dough into 1/8 inch disks and place on baking sheets, about an inch apart. once you have made the desired amount of cookies, wrap up the cookie dough, freeze, and save for another time. use a tiny circle shaped cookie cutter or a large round cake decorating tip to cut a hole in the center of each disk. refrigerate for an additional 10 minutes. bake for 8 minutes, or until crisp. let cool completely.
  3. add coconut into the caramel. warm the caramel in the microwave for about 10 seconds if necessary. take cooled cookies and gently dip them completely in the caramel. place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. freeze until set, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until fully melted. place the caramel coated cookies in the chocolate. use a fork to pull them out of the chocolate and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. use the chocolate still on the fork to drizzle stripes over the top of the cookies. refrigerate until set.

dipping caramel ingredients

1.5 c granulated sugar
4 T corn syrup (or honey)
6 T water
pinch of salt
6 T butter
6 T heavy cream (DO NOT use plain whipping cream)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

directions

  1. in a heavy bottomed saucepan with high sides, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. whisk until combined, and set over medium-low heat. swirl the pan every now and then to help distribute the heat. when the sugar dissolves completely, raise the heat to medium. when it comes to a boil, watch very carefully for the bubbles to become more viscous (this means that the water has evaporated and that it is ready to go through the candy stages). as it is bubbling away, you want it to turn a deep amber color. when it does, remove from heat and, working quickly, use a spoon to scoop up a small amount of the candy and drop it into a small glass of water. if the bob turns hard like a lollipop, then it is ready. if the blob is still soft, put the pan back on the heat. keep testing until the candy is hard. remove from heat.
  2. whisk in butter, heavy cream, and vanilla. if the caramel isn’t smooth right away, return the pant to low heat and whisk until smooth.

source

now i know why girl scout cookies are so expensive… this was a time-consuming recipe. if i ever made this recipe again, i think i would take a short cut and just buy caramels and melt them, instead of making the caramel from scratch.

i didn’t have any corn syrup, so i substituted that with honey. here’s a handy website if ever you need to substitute any ingredients. i ran out of butter, so i had to substitute that too.

after i put the finished cookies into the refrigerator, they were pretty sticky, but i found that after i let them sit out at room temperature, they hardened and were a lot less gooey. the finished product wasn’t as bad as i first thought. they were on the sweet side. i’d probably use less sugar next time. they didn’t taste exactly like samoas, but they were similar. i’d probably use milk chocolate next time instead of the semi-sweet chocolate i used. and the chocolate that i had wasn’t drizzling very well onto the coconut topping.

i was going to make tagalongs as well, but i ended up not having enough time to do those.

all this talk about girl scout cookies, i’m craving some thin mints now…

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2 Responses to “caramel delites (aka samoas)”

  1. When I first looked at the photo I thought that these were rings of pineapple dipped in caramel and spread with chocolate…drool! Clearly they aren’t actually but still look divine! I’ve gotten trapped in the “I’m going to make it all myself” conundrum before…it usually means a late night baking something that was supposed to take 30 minutes haha.

    • eatfeat said

      i think part of why this recipe took so long to make was that i took time to make more cookie dough for the tagalongs that i never made… and making the caramel from scratch took up a lot of time too. i don’t think i’ve ever been more exhausted after baking than i did after making these copy-cat samoas !

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