Samoa Cupcakes

 

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

 

Hey friends!  Melanie here again from Garnish & Glaze to bring you another awesome cupcake recipe– Samoa Cupcakes.

 

Don’t you love March?! It’s the start of spring, spring break, St. Patrick’s day, Easter (well, this year at least), and girl scout cookie season! My three favorite girl scout cookies are Samoa (now called Caramel deLites), Thin Mints, and Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties). I’m not diggin the new names but I’ll take the cookies no matter what you wanna call them.  Similar to how Shakespeare put it– A cookie by any other name would taste as delicious.  Right?!

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

 

I love cupcakes and Samoa cookies so why not mash the two together?! Voila! It’s seriously a party in your mouth. I chose to use a yellow cake for the cupcake to mimic the shortbread in the cookie and then I dipped it in ganache similar to how the bottom of a Samoa is covered in chocolate.  I was going to top the cupcake with just a caramel/coconut mix but what kind of cupcake would that be without a buttery frosting?! The caramel buttercream is divine! I could eat it by the spoonful!

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

 

If you didn’t already know, toasted coconut is A-mazing!  All you do is spread your coconut on a baking sheet and bake it for 5-8 minutes on 350 degree F and you’ve created irresistible flakes of heaven. They give the cupcake so much flavor and a little crispy crunch. And if you know me, I’m all about texture.

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

 

Oh and for extra good measure I drizzled more caramel and ganache on top of the cupcakes creating a delicious mess.  These Samoa Cupcakes are going to blow your minds!  Enjoy!

 

Can Diabetics Drink Coconut Water?

It is believed that coconut water not only replenishes electrolytes but, coconut water also helps with blood sugar levels as well as hemoglobin A1c levels.

What is Ganache?

Ganache is a whipped filling, glaze, icing, or sauce, for pastries made from chocolate and cream.

 

Why Do Cupcakes Stick to the Paper Liners?

Spray the liners thoroughly with non stick cooking spray.

Sometimes the quality of the paper liners cause food to stick.

Buy good quality paper liners.

Slide a deep pan of water onto the lower rack of the oven, to add extra moisture and prevent sticking.

Let the Cupcakes cool completely before removing the paper liner.

 

 

Samoa Cupcakes

Samoa Cupcakes

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream

For the Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, boiling

For the Caramel Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the topping:

  • 12 Samoa Girl Scout Cookies, halved
  • 1 cup (2 1/2 ounces) sweetened coconut flakes, toasted and slightly crushed
  • Caramel sauce

Directions:

For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate each.
  5. Mix in the vanilla and sour cream.
  6. Mix in the flour until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  7. Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs or clean.

For the Ganache:

  1. Place chocolate in a bowl and pour the boiling hot whipping cream on top and then cover the bowl with a plate or plastic wrap and let sit for 2 minutes.
  2. Mix with a whisk until smooth and then let it cool for 10 minutes, stir occasionally.
  3. Dip the tops of cupcakes in the chocolate and then let the chocolate set for 10-15 minutes before piping on the frosting.
  4. Reserve what is left for drizzling on top.

For the Caramel Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until pale.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar and then the caramel sauce and vanilla.
  3. Beat until fluffy.
  4. Place frosting in a piping bag fitted with an open or closed star tip.
  5. Pipe onto chocolate covered cupcakes.

For assembling:

  1. Drizzle leftover ganache (if it has thickened, place it in a plastic bag to pipe it over the cupcakes) and caramel over the frosting.
  2. Stick half a cookie onto the top of each cupcake and then sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 475 Calories
  • Total Fat: 26.8g
  • Cholesterol: 83.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 57.9g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Sugar: 38.1g
  • Protein: 3.8g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

Girl scout cookie meets cupcake in these rich chocolaty, caramel, and toasted coconut Samoa Cupcakes!

 

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7 comments on “Samoa Cupcakes”

  1. Looks yummy. The cookie names didn’t change, your council switched bakers from Little Brownie Bakers to ABC Interbake. Both bakeries nake Girl Scout cookies and each council picks who they want to contract with. Both bakeries have web sites with lots of recipes involving Girl Scout cookies.

  2. Seriously genius!!

  3. How decadent! Samoas are my favorite!

  4. Cade and Carrian – this is the best Girl Scout inspired dessert I have seen this season! I’m so impressed and inspired with the photography. I can’t wait to try!

  5. These cupcakes are gorgeous, and they look oh, so tasty!

  6. YAYYY! I love samoas in any form and these cupcakes look DELISH