What a week! I can't tell you just how excited I am that it is officially the weekend. It has been one stressful week at my 9-5, so the 2 day break is definitely welcome. You know what else I'm excited about?
I'm excited that today is the day I am presenting you with recipe number two for this month's Ingredient of the Month: Samoas. If you don't remember, last week I announced that I would be coming up with one ingredient for each month to feature in a handful of recipes.
I kicked the project off with some delicious Samoa Cupcakes. I really was sad for those to be gone. They were pretty divine.
This week I offer to you another very yummy Samoa-featured treat. I'm also happy to say that these treats are much easier than the cupcakes, and only require a few ingredients.
You will need to pick up a box of Samoa cookies... but wait a second, you can't get your hand on a box right at this moment, you say? Well, I've got a secret for you. You know those Keebler Coconut Dreams down your grocery store cookie aisle?
Yes, those! Well, I'm happy to let you in on something grand... these taste exactly like Girl Scout's Samoas. Now, in telling you this, I'm not trying to take the biz away from those cute little uniformed girls.
I was a Girl Scout once, and I know how hard it is to sell each and every box. So, if you have access to a true.blue box of Samoas, by all means, go support America's Youth. If that's just not possible, take a quick trip down the cookie aisle.
I'm almost embarrassed to call this a recipe, because it is just so simple! I could see myself serving these up at baby showers, birthday parties, lunchbox desserts. Or you know, just sitting in front of the tv on a Friday night.... don't judge.
In my opinion, these are better than cake pops. You don't only get one flavor from the cake, but you get the flavors from caramel, coconut, and chocolate. And it has this crunch that you just don't get from a cake pop.
Oh my goodness, just talking about it makes me want to go bite into one right now. I think I'm just going to stop talking and present you with this little gem of Samoa wonderfulness.
Samoa Cookie Bites
- 1 box Girl Scout Samoas or Keebler Coconut Dreams.
- About 1/4 cup Vanilla buttercream or other Vanilla frosting.
- 1 package baking chocolate for dipping.
- 1/2 cup caramel, for garnish.
- 1/4 cup coconut, for garnish.
Either in a food processor or in a medium bowl with a fork, crunch up the cookies to small crumbs. Add the frosting and make sure it's all combined well.
On a baking sheet or tray, lined with parchment paper, begin forming bite-sized balls with the mixture. Squish these tightly in your hands so they are sure to stay together completely.
Once you have formed the bites with all of the mixture, place the tray in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. Once you're ready to dip the bites into chocolate, get a tall and narrow glass.
I learned a great tip for chocolate dipping that I just have to share. Place the tall glass into a saucepan of water, simmering on low to medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until completely melted. This is a great method if you are working in large batches.
This will keep the chocolate from cooling and becoming difficult to work with. If you run out of chocolate, just add more and it will continue melting. Just one thing to watch out for - do not let any water get into the chocolate. This will cause the chocolate to separate, and separating chocolate is just not what you're looking for here!
Anyway, while the chocolate is melting down, put your caramel squares in a microwavable bowl and microwave with a small amount of milk, stirring about every 20 seconds, until the caramel is smooth and "drizzle-able."
Here's the fun part! Grab a fork, carefully drop your cookie bite into the melted chocolate. Remove with a fork. The great thing about using a fork is that all the excess chocolate drips down in between the tines of the fork so you're not left with gobs and gobs of chocolate - well, you know, unless you're into that sort of thing.
I can see how that would be a possibility! Once the bite is covered in chocolate, drizzle with caramel and garnish with coconut before the chocolate sets. When they're all covered and garnished, just pop them back in the fridge for 15 minutes or so.
At that point, you are free to go at it! I'd like to tell you that they will last a week, but you know what.... when it comes down to it, there's no way these things will last that long in your house. They're just that good!