Samoa Jumbles

Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies but I’ve never been all that crazy for them.  The flavors sound phenomenal, but I always find boxed cookies to be a little impersonal.  These Jumbles are inspired by Samoas but have the charm of home-baked.  Give your Scout a donation instead, and then come home and make these cookies.

I found the Kraft Premium Caramel Bits at Target.  If you are unable to find them in your area it’s possible that roughly chopping square caramels would work but I make no guarantees.

Yield: 3 dozen; Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • heaping 1/2 cup caramel bits
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.  Spread coconut in an even layer on a cookie sheet and bake 5 – 7 minutes, stirring once or twice, until toasted.  Set toasted coconut aside to cool and raise oven temperature to 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, carefully stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  With the mixer on low, gradually blend in dry ingredients.  Fold toasted coconut, caramel bits, and chocolate chips into the dough.
  4. Place dough in fridge for 10 minutes to rest.  Prepare cookie sheets with baking spray or Silpat mats.
  5. Roll dough into heaping tsp sized balls and place in even rows on prepared cookie sheets.  Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden.  Let baked cookies stand on the sheets for 2 minutes before removing to cool.

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