Homemade Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Guys this is real life and I'm so happy about it.

My sister Rebe and I used to sell Girl Scout Cookies door to door. We’d take our red Radio Flyer Wagon out of the garage, stuff it with colorful boxes of cookies, and pull it up and down the street. I’m honestly surprised we didn’t eat cookies as we went; we were such cookie monsters.

My cookie of choice was a tie between Thin Mints and Samoas (also known as Caramel deLites). Some days I wanted that delicious chocolate crunch, while others I craved sweet coconut caramel.

Rebe and my mom, on the other hand, were Samoa girls through and through. Rebe would eat 8 in one sitting, if not more (I literally just texted her to confirm the amount and she goes “yeah prob.”). She was obsessed. I even remember one year we thought we were out of cookies, and then my mom found a hidden box of Samoa’s and we literally rejoiced. 

Homemade Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Guys this is real life and I'm so happy about it.

2017 marks the 100th Anniversary for Girl Scout Cookie sales, so in commemoration of the best boxed cookies around, I created this Samoa-inspired recipe with my friends at Challenge Dairy.

A cooperative of California family-owned dairies founded more than 100 years ago, Challenge is proud to sell its products nationally. To find retailers near you, visit www.challengedairy.com/where-to-buy.

I’ve now worked with Challenge for 6 months, and behind the scenes I’ve used their butter in every recipe since becoming an ambassador. From cakes to shortbreads, their butter makes fantastic baked goods.

Homemade Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Guys this is real life and I'm so happy about it.

These Samoas Ice Cream Sandwiches are time-consuming, but the result is SO worth it. A little patience goes a long way in this copycat recipe that- in my eyes- rivals the original.

Of course if you don’t want ice cream sandwiches, you can simply make the cookies on their own. I myself saved a few for snacking on throughout the week 🙂

Homemade Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Guys this is real life and I'm so happy about it.

Homemade Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. Guys this is real life and I'm so happy about it.

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Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x
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Ingredients

for the ice cream

  • 1 quart, softened

for the shortbread

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup Challenge unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

for the coconut caramel

for the chocolate

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips (DARK, guys. semisweet and bittersweet will be too sugary)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Instructions

freeze ice cream

  1. Line a 9″x13″ baking pan with plastic wrap so that the sides and bottoms are completely covered. Place softened ice cream into pan, then push into pan with the back of a flat-bottomed pot until the ice cream has fully molded to the pan. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

make cookies

  1. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the confectioner’s sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla extract until creamy, about two minutes. Mix in flour for 20 seconds, allowing the gluten to form.
  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface. Place dough on top of plastic wrap, then place another large piece of plastic wrap on top. Using a rolling pin, roll dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/8 of an inch thick.
  5. Use a 2.5 inch biscuit cutter to cut cookies and place them on prepared cookie sheets. Reform excess dough into a ball, then roll out again and cut more cookies. Should end up with 30 cookies. Use the open end of a large metal piping tip to cut out the middle of the cookies once on the sheet. They should look like donuts!
  6. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, then allow to cool completely on cookie sheet.

make coconut caramel

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar on low heat until completely melted, swirling the pan gently every 20 seconds or so. Immediately remove from heat and stir in butter. The mixture will violently bubble. You’re doing it right.
  2. Pour in the heavy cream. Stir until combined. Stir in coconut flakes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  3. Time to get out the plastic wrap again! Place a large piece of plastic wrap on work surface. Pour caramel on top of plastic wrap, then place another large piece of plastic wrap on top. Using a rolling pin, roll caramel between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/8 of an inch thick.
  4. Use biscuit cutter to cut out circles of caramel. Place on cooled shortbread, using a finger to push through the center.

melt the chocolate

  1. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil over a double boiler until melted. Dip the bottom of each cookie into melted chocolate, wiping excess chocolate on the side. Place cookies onto parchment paper. Once each cookie is dipped, drizzle with remaining melted chocolate. Allow chocolate to harden completely.
  2. Take ice cream out of freezer. Remove ice cream from baking pan, then use biscuit cutter to cut ice cream into circles. Sandwich between two cookies. Serve immediately, or freeze in a container for up to a month!

This post was sponsored by Challenge Dairy. All text and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help make Broma possible!

35 comments

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laurel bledsoe
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Morning-We never miss a post of yours. I am not a baker and have depended on friends for years to be my personal baker. Your posts and photos are inspiring! After 30+ years in our successful design firm we are new to blogging. Hoping you will check out our site, follow and perhaps pass along. Would love to do a interview with you about what a bakers kitchen needs.

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Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much Laurel! So appreciate your kind words.

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Isabela
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OMG!!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I KNOW RIGHT

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Sarah
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These look AMAZING! Literally drooling at my computer right now. IMO Girl Scout cookies are packaged in sleeves because that’s the real serving size (only sort of kidding).

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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But seriously, they’re amazing. And omg yes to serving size hahahaa

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Jennie @onesweetmess
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I can muster all the patience in the world if the result is a batch of epic ice cream sammies. These look amazing!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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And it will be. They’re EPIC.

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heather (delicious not gorgeous)
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ooooh, yes. and totally agree about using dark chocolate instead of anything else; all that caramel and ice cream is good, but the sweetness needs some tempering.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right?! The only way 🙂

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rebecca | DisplacedHousewife
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Holy smokes these look amazing.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you love!

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Sarah | Well and Full
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OHMIGOSH. Samoas (or caramel delites, as I knew them) were my FAVORITE girl scout cookie!! I need this ice cream sandwiches in my life!!! <3

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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GIRL THEY ARE SO GOOD

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Laura | Tutti Dolci
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Hello, heaven! These are absolute perfection!

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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
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Why aren’t these ice cream cookie sandwiches in my freezer right now?! Sometimes life is so not fair.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Haha!

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Anna
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Dying to make these for my bf for his birthday. Approximately how much total time would you say these babies take to make?

Thanks,
Anna

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Anna! These cookies take about 1.5 hours from start to finish, including baking and cooling time. They are SO ridiculously good. Hope you (and your bf) enjoy!

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Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
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Holy YUM these are freaking amazing.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jennifer!

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Matt
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These are simply amazing and would disappear in seconds here!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Same here. I can tell you that for a fact bc it happened. Heheh.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
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These seriously take samoas to the next level. Drooling.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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THANK YOUUUUU

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Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
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Totally swoon-worthy Sarah! Now I see why you do lots of yoga! I wouldn’t be able to stop at one!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahahahaha, yes you get me now! Thank you Mary Ann <3

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Tieghan
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These look awesome1 🙂 Love anything ice cream, chocolate, caramel and coconut. YUMMMM!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? Like, how can you go wrong.

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Aimee Mars
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Ummm, mic drop…!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, thank you Aimee!

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nabila
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“Just to say “thank you” We all enjoyed your delicious food and the evening was everything we hoped it would be. Thank you so much.“

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