Samoas Cupcakes*

I know many girls who were in Girl Scouts from kindergarten all the way till they turned 18. I however was never a “lifer”. I seemed to fall in and out of Girl Scouts. I kind of remember joining when I was really young…but mostly all I remember was the girl I sat next to couldn’t eat eggs…so I ended up getting to have her snack as well as mine (Score!). But then I stopped going, or my Mom got lazy and stopped taking me, or they stopped serving good snacks. I’m not sure which happened…but the third option is the most likely of the scenarios.

Then right before starting high school, one of my best friends, Jessica, asked me if I wanted to come to her Girl Scout troop. And I remember thinking…crap, I know I am going to say yes, but what a hell of a way to guarantee not being popular! However when I showed up to the meeting there was only one other girl. And you will never guess her name…Jessica. So we had Jessica W (me), Jessica P, and Jessica B. And our troop leader was Mrs. Tony (who was married to a man named Kelly, but that’s a story for another time). And while, we never talked about Girl Scouts at school, it was one of the funnest things to be involved in. So when the Girl Scouts started selling all their cookies this year, Jorge and I of course had to buy a couple boxes. We got the Trefoils and the Thin Mints, which are my usual favorites, but we also picked up a box of Samoas. And when the box ran out, I decided I had to make them into some kind of cupcake. So here we are, a delicious Chocolate and Coconut Cake, topped with my all time favorite Salted Caramel Buttercream and then drizzled with homemade Chocolate Sauce and sprinkled with coconut!




Samoas Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes


For the Chocolate & Coconut Cupcakes:
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoons coconut extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup boiling water

For the Salted Caramel Buttercream:

2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup caramel topping; plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon salt

For the Homemade Chocolate Syrup:

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cold water
a pinch of salt
a splash of vanilla extract


For the cupcakes:

Heat oven to 350°F.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and coconut extract; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Gently fold in shredded Coconut.

Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Fill cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes.

For the buttercream:

Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well.

Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more caramel syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.

For the chocolate syrup:

In a small saucepan, whisk together sugar and cocoa powder until most of the lumps are gone. Add water and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes, until thickened, continuing to stir frequently. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes, then add vanilla extract. Store in air tight container in the fridge.

Cupcake adapted from: Hersheys
Frosting adapted from: My Baking Addiction
Syrup adapted from: 52 Kitchen Adventures

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41 Responses to “Samoas Cupcakes”

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — March 11, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    I am absolutely crazy about cupcakes in any form – sweet and savoury. I love individual portions.
    :-) Mandy

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    Happy When Not Hungry — March 11, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    Wow my mouth is watering! I was never a Girl Scout, but love their cookies especially the Samoas. Definitely need to try these cupcakes!

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    Evan Thomas — March 11, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    These are such a great idea. I’m not a fan of cookies but cupcakes are always welcomed, and these flavors are perfect.

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    Julie Roberts — March 11, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    These look wonderful…i love anything with a touch of coconut!

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    Molly — March 11, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I think I might skip the cupcake and go straight to the salted caramel frosting. Totally drooling at my desk and work and can’t wait to get home so I can make these.

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    DeAnna — March 11, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I just licked my screen.

    When I sold girl scout cookies, I was quite young and didn’t understand the concept of money. Soooo, I traded my cookies for crayons, pencils, ribbons, etc. I believe I have blocked out my parents’ reactions.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 11, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    SO fun!! Love this twist on the cookies.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 11, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    Your cupcakes look gorgeous and perfect for Somoas lovers!

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    Leah (So, How's It Taste?) — March 11, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Wowza! You have outdone yourself with this one! Samoas and Thin Mints are my favorite. I’m seriously thinking about heading to the grocery store now so I can make these right this instant!

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    Joanne — March 11, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I was definitely a troop hopper when I was young. My mom kept getting irritated with the other moms and then she would make me switch. I’m not kidding.

    I didn’t love coconut back then as much as I do now, but these sound absolutely delicious to me! coconut chocolate is a pair not to be messed with.

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    Paula — March 11, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    You may be my new hero! Samoas are my FAVORITE. And I cannot imagine anything better than combining two of my loves – Samoas & cupcakes!

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    Lynne — March 11, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    oh! these sound wonderful!

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    Lindsey @ Our Share of the Harvest — March 11, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    YUM! What a cool reinvention of samoas flavors! Definitely bookmarking this one :)

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    mom — March 11, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Hey! I’m the lucky Mom that attended all of your camp outs and field trips! Lazy I think not!

    BTW, when are you going to come and bring Oscar his treats and me mine????
    Love and miss you so very much!

    • Jessica replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

      :-) I will be there in 3 days! And I am already planning what kind of treats I will be bringing! Love you Mama!

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 11, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    These looked great! Yay for girl scouts!

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    Paula — March 12, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    They look delicious and that photo with the dripping spoon is gorgeous!

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    ProChef360 — March 12, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the cupcake recipes. Nice photos too. The kids will definitely love this.

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    Laura — March 12, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    I love the idea of these cupcakes! Once my cookie boxes have all been plowed through, (it shouldn’t take much longer) I will be making these. They look fabulous!

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    Medifast Coupon Code 2011 — March 12, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    These are some great sounding cupcakes, going to be fun making these with the kids. Wonder how much sauce we will have licked out of the bowl before it is dribbled onto the cupcakes :)

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    The Poet Herself — March 13, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    I didn’t order any samoas this year–must make these! Thanks for sharing this great adaptation!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 13, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    These look SO GOOD. I adore Samoas, and I like salted caramel even more. Usually I give my baked goods away, but I think if I made these I’d be keeping them all for me!

    • Jessica replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

      … I kept these! LOL! I made a 1/4th of the batch, but I still kept all 6 cupcakes!

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    christina — March 13, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    what about a thin mint cupcake if you come up with one please let me know because i would be in heaven this cupcake to just made my day!

    • Jessica replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

      I have made chocolate mint cupcakes before…and they were delicious! But they were peppermint and I am not sure about how I would transform those into the thin mint flavor….

      …but now you have my mind working on that! LOL 😀

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 13, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    Great combo of flavors! YUMMMMM!

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    Jess — March 14, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Oh god, those look amazing!!! I seriously want to eat one right now. And the pictures look awesome!

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    Andi — March 14, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    these are out of this world! I made 2 dozen full sized cupcakes and 2 dozen mini cupcakes. As an added treat, in the full sized ones, I filled them with super thick caramel topping.

    I think I have found Nirvana with these cupcakes!

    • Jessica replied: — March 14th, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

      Yay! So glad you loved them Andi!

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    Leah (So, How's It Taste?) — March 21, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    I made these last night and they are now my favorite cupcake of all time. It really should be illegal how good they are. I brought a few to work (the full batch is for a charity) and they received RAVE reviews. I’ll be making these again and again!

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    Caitlin — March 22, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Yum! Samoas are my absolute favorite Girl Scout Cookie of all time. I tried making a Samoa-like cookie/bar thing a few years ago, but wasn’t psyched with the results. I’m definitely saving this recipe. Thanks!

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    raissa — May 4, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I cant wait to try these!

    However, I cant seem to find coconut extract. I tried looking for it for another cupcake recipe I made but had to improvise with toasted coconut as garnish instead. What do you suggest as a substitute for coconut extract. Thanks!

    • Jessica replied: — May 5th, 2011 @ 2:46 am

      Oh that stinks! I have seen Coconut Extract at Publix, Target, and even Walmart. I would also suggest checking But if you really don’t want to go through the trouble, you can swap the coconut extract for Vanilla. It won’t have the same effect, but it will still taste good! :-)

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    Jacqueline @ Spice Is NIce — June 23, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    Quick question – when you say caramel topping, do you mean the kind you’d put on ice cream, or is this something you make yourself, or am I missing it all together? I’m going to make these for a friend’s birthday and I want to make sure I do it right!

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    Duckface McGee — February 22, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    These look great, but how did you get the straight up and down shape? do you have a cupcake tin with vertical sides?

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    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — December 27, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Your Samoas Cupcakes look gorgeous, and I’m sure that they taste great. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

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