Samoas® Brownie

Until today I had never made brownies from scratch; I always used the box mix and as a result, I always felt a twinge of guilt. Making homemade brownies has been on my kitchen to-do list for a long time and when I saw the Browniebabe event I had the perfect excuse to finally whip up a batch!

Samoas® Girl Scout cookies are a favorite in our house and I couldn’t remember ever seeing these cookies morphed into a brownie. I had my brownie idea! Since Samoas® are based on a shortbread cookie, I used a blondie as my base for this so-decadent-need-to-eat-with-a-fork-and-wash-down-with-milk brownie.

Caramel Blondies
(adapted from Kraft Foods)

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lb. caramels
1/4 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Lightly grease foil. Mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended (I mixed by hand with a wood spoon); set aside. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to brown sugar mixture; mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the batter for later use; spread remaining batter into prepared pan.

2. Baking 15 minutes or until firm. Microwave caramels and milk in microwaveable bowl 2-3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every minute. Pour over baked layer in pan; spread to within 1/2 inch of edges.

3. Spoon reserved 1 cup batter over caramel layer; with an icing spatula, spread batter together with caramel until a smooth layer appears. Bake an additional 18 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely.

Toasted Coconut Topping
(adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop)

2 (5-oz) cans evaporated milk
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3 cups shredded, sweet coconut

1. Spread the coconut onto a sheet pan. Toast in a 350 degree oven, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until the coconut is an even brown color, approximately 12 minutes.

2. Combine milk, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until thick, bubbly, and golden, about 15 minutes.

3. Add 2 cups of the coconut, reserving the remainder for assembly of the brownie; stir to combine. Cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache
(source: Cupcake Bakeshop)

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 cup (8 oz) heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Chop chocolate and transfer into a heat proof bowl.

2. Heat cream until bubbles form around the edge of the pan and then pour cream over the chocolate.

3. Let sit for 1 minute then stir until combined.

4. Add vanilla and stir until combined.

5. Let cool to room temperature.


1. Bake blondies and cool completely.

2. Prepare chocolate ganache and once cool, spread a thin layer over the cooled blondies. Put pan in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

3. Prepare toasted coconut topping and let cool to room temperature. Spread over hardened chocolate ganache layer and top with extra toasted coconut.

4. Drizzle with remaining chocolate ganache.

And I took the suggestion of my friend Amber and cut mine out in the shape of a real Samoas® cookie 🙂

**Store these in the refrigerator or they might get gooey on you!


As mentioned above, I will be submitting this recipe in the Browniebabe of the Month event hosted by Myriam at Once Upon a Tart.

Check the event link on August 19th for a round-up of all the entries!


14 Responses to “Samoas® Brownie”

  1. Kayte on August 14, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    these look seriously incredible michelle!


  2. laneyu on August 14, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    These look absolutely amazing!!!!!!


  3. MrsSisler on August 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    These look awesome! You’re pics are getting really good!


  4. Meg's Adventures in the Kitchen on August 14, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    omg Michelle… i *need* to make these and soon! WOWSA! 🙂 And I cant BELIEVE you have never made homemade brownies before!!! Boxed kinds are good (I like ghiradelli myself) but they are no sub… I have a bunch of amazing plain ol chocolate brownie recipes. You must try one! The level of chocolatey-ness is way higher than boxes 🙂


  5. Suzanne on August 14, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Wow!! I will be making these this weekend!!!


  6. Carrie on August 15, 2007 at 9:03 am

    I have never made homemade brownies either, but with this recipe I HAVE TOO!


  7. Amber on August 15, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Wow Chelle, these look absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! You hit the nail on the head with the look of these. And the cutting them out into circles turned out so good too. Good luck with the contest!!


  8. DeborahSW on August 15, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Please ship one to me ASAP… I think it’s cruel to post things like this without offering samples. :)~


  9. flymansWife on August 15, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    what a wonderful idea!! i’m hoping to submit my first entry to Browniebabe of the month this week too… if I have time to make them today or tomorrow!

    they look delicious!!


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  13. Rachel on October 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Made these yesterday – super labor intensive, but wonderful! The “brownie” batter was very thick and hard to deal with – might have been better as shortbread? Great idea, though!


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