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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Caramel Delites Bars (Samoa taste-alikes)

Don't you just LOVE Girl Scout Cookies?????? We
do & so when I found this recipe on a number of blogs,
(I found this on lovetoeat weblog) I knew I had to try it
out....It does taste just like them, so if you like
shortbread, coconut & caramel, drizzled
with chocolate...your going to love these...

***Note...These taste alot like the Samoa cookies
but much easier (with less steps) to do.

They are a GREAT DESSERT!!!They do take a bit of
time though because you need to let them cool in between
each step, but everybody says it's worth it.


Recipe
Cookie base:
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter (softened)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt

First, make the crust. Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. In a
large bowl, cream together sugar & butter,
until fluffy. Beat in egg & vanilla extract.

Working at a low speed, gradually beat in the
flour & salt until mixture is crumbly....(Mine
was more like a dough but I don't think it makes
that big a difference....)Pour dough mixture into
prepared pan & press firmly to make a even
layer. Bake for 15-20 min checking to see when
the middle is set & edges are lightly brown. Cool
completely before topping...

TOPPING:
3 C. shredded coconut
1 pkg. 14oz. caramels (I used the Kraft brand)
1/4 salt
3 Tbsp. milk
1c. semisweet choc. chips (to drizzle on top)

Preheat oven to 300F. Spread coconut evenly
on a parchment-lined cookie sheet (I used a
Slipat liner) preferably a cookie sheet with sides.
Toast the coconut 15-20 min. stirring every 5 min,
until coconut is golden brown (mine only took
15 min....I have a hot oven....go by what your
oven does) Cool on cookie sheet. Set aside.

Unwrap the caramels & place in a lg. microwave-
safe bowl with the milk & salt. Cook on high
approx. 3-4 min (it took mine almost 3) stopping
to stir a few times to help caramel melt. When
smooth fold in coconut with spatula. Put dollops
of mixture all over shortbread base. DO THIS
QUICKLY BEFORE CARAMEL STARTS TO
COOL. Using a spatula spread topping to make an
even layer. Let topping set until cooled.

When cooled, cut bars (with sharp large knife) into
30 small bars or 15 larger bars. Once bars are cut,
melt chocolate into Sm. microwave-safe bowl. Heat
on high for about 30sec. intervals, stirring thoroughly
to prevent scorching. (SEE TIP) Drizzle the melted
chocolate on top of bars in diagonal lines.

TIP: Place a baggie in a cup & spoon melted
chocolate into baggie..
pick up baggie & snip a tiny
hole in the corner of the baggie. Drizzle a diagonal
design (on the cut bars).....Let chocolate completely
cool (even put them in the fridge if needed for a short
time) before storing in airtight container........Enjoy!!

20 comments:

  1. These look AMAZING! Can't wait to try these at the bridal shower!

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  2. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

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  3. looks yummy, even a year later! lol Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. O my gosh! Those look fabulous! I miss samoa cookies like crazy since being diagnosed with celiac disease a year ago...but, with your recipe, I think i can convert it to gluten free.
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    -amanda @ thepaisleycupcake.blogspot.com

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  5. oh man, those look DELICIOUS!

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  6. Yum! Love Somoas! Thanks for the treats on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

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  7. Yummo! You always have the tastiest looking deserts! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  8. Oh my gosh these look delicious! If I made and ate all your wonderful recipes I'd be twice the gal I am today. But I can make em and give em away for sure!

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  9. I just wanted to say how much I love your blog--it is pure delight and your baking looks scrumptious!!!
    I found it on Boardwalk Bragfest.
    I hope you'll come visit my new blog...
    It's Whimsical Musings.
    I just became a follower of yours!
    Hugs,
    Cindy Adkins

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  10. Uh....YUM!!! Can you send a box of those to me....please? =)

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided.
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/
    (Come on over - I'm hosting my first giveaway now!)

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  11. These looks amazing, and "yes" I love samoas. These will have to wait until after I've lost a little more weight. :(

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  12. yummmy they look soooo good!!

    xoxo
    bB

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  13. They do look like samoas, but deeper and thicker and much more to them than a cookie! Do you hear my stomach growling?

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  14. These look and sound amazing.

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  15. Can't wait to try these!! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  16. Looks SUPER yummy!! I love bar cookies..easy and tasty as can be :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  17. Hi! Just stopping by and following your blog from Tag- A -Long Tuesday.

    http://www.thewhitewhimsies.blogspot.com

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  18. Hello,
    I'm following you from Tag Along Tuesday, would love a follow back.
    Thanks
    Barbara

    http://couponscouponsandmorecoupons.blogspot.com/

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  19. These look delicious, YUM! I might have to try these!

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