Samoa Bars

In my reader, I have amassed quite a collection of blog posts and recipes that I’m dying to try. Unfortunately, that collection grows by the day and I can’t quite keep up. Also, when a stroke of inspiration strikes, there’s no guarantee that an appropriate recipe is already sitting in my files so I go off hunting the internet and alas the list of recipes never gets shorter.

This week, however, I was determined.

After much hemming and hawing, I finally settled on this recipe. Browned butter, chocolate, coconut, and the namesake of the hands-down best Girl Scouts cookie out there. What could go wrong? Nothing, I tell you, nothing. These bars are an exercise in moderation they’re so delicious. They can single-handedly bring a diet crashing down with the first bite of wonderful. The only thing I would change would be to do some kind of caramel drizzle over them to really get the quintessential samoa experience.

I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Samoa Bars
adapted from honey & jam

Makes one 8×8″ pan.


  • 10 tbsp (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 c dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 1/4 c sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 c bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with aluminum foil.

Brown the butter in a pan over high heat. To do this, stand very close by and wait until it begins to change color and smell nutty. Take off the flame and allow the butter to cool for a few minutes until just warm. Combine with the brown and granulated sugars in a large bowl. Add in the egg, vanilla, and salt and stir with a wooden spoon. Slowly add in the flour, coconut, and chocolate chips until the flour just disappears. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top over. Bake 25-30 minutes. The center will still be soft but avoid overbaking. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Clearly I was too eager to wait for these babies to cool.

Have you taken childhood favorites and changed them up?


  1. briarrose Said:

    I adore those girl scout cookies. Wonderful recipe. There is no way I would have been able to wait for them to cool either. 😉

    I always change things up personally…it’s kind of an addiction.

  2. Shawn Said:

    OMG!!! I’m waiting 2 weeks before I make these…I’ll be in Birmingham and I want to share them with everyone except my hips!

  3. Mandy Said:

    looks yummy. 🙂

  4. Jessica Said:

    They look like perfection! Simply perfection! I love my samoas and no one better take them from me! LOL!

  5. Love Samoas. Those chocolate chips look gooey and great!

  6. Sues Said:

    Oooh these look so good! I made something kind of similar a couple years back and now I’m totally tempted to try again!

  7. Ohh yum! In bar form I definitely might have to give these a try. I prefer bars to cookies any way.


  8. Gorgeous bars!! Love the goey oozy melted choc!

  9. Joanne Said:

    I never realized just how much I love samoas until I bought a tub of Edy’s Slow Churned Samoas ice cream this week. And now it’s all I think about. Which means I’m destined to make these. Amazing!

    I know what you mean about that list never getting shorter. i have multiple lists and five thousand cookbooks. It’s such a problem.

  10. Daisy Said:

    definitely drooling! I love samoas, what a fun twist to the original!

  11. Mmm these look amazing! Especially when I could use a sugar/energy boost staying up late to study for orgo bleh.

  12. Velva Said:

    Good choice. You are right, you never quite know how the cooking mood is going to strike even when you have a zillion recipes that you have been saving and want to try.

    Have a great week.

  13. These look so yum!

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