Samoa Bark

I have decided that there are 2 kinds of people in this world…

Only 2, you ask?

Yes, today only 2.

There are those who buy lottery tickets and those who don’t.

Are you nodding in agreement?

Of course you are.

My husband is firm in his resolve that we WILL, one day, win the lotto.

I am the other side of the coin.  The Simon to his Garfunkle.

I hate wasting money on ridiculousness. And no, $30 hair straightening serum is not ridiculous, thank you very much.

I guess what I am saying is that I hate wasting money on things I have no control over…

Like I could have totally just spent that very same losing lottery ticket dollar on a pack of gum.  I would at least have minty fresh breath to show for it.

But my husband continues to play..over and over.  Especially when the payout is over $200 million…it is extra important to play then, apparently…because, you know, no one else has that same idea.

Besides, we would never win the lottery, anyway.  We are too normal.

We eat at Applebees.

We  pay our mortgage.

I have seen those shows on the Discovery Channel where lotto winners have squandered all their earnings on ninja sword collections, and blinged out pinky rings… or made questionable investments in Teepee Motels or alpaca farms.

All NOT normal.

And since I don’t plan on getting a marble statue of myself to display in front of my ginormous mansion or intend on developing a crack habit I think I don’t qualify as crazy enough to win the lottery.

BUT my husband has a difference of opinion.  Soooo, he buys the tickets.  Week after week…

I estimate that if I had all the money that we have previously spent on lotto tickets in my pocket I would have enough clams to develop quite a nice crack addiction.

I guess if I decided not to go the drug addict route I could certainly buy a set of  not-at-all ostentatious Louis Vuitton luggage.

All those trifled lottery dollars gone.  {sigh}

Now that I am sure I have officially offended all previous lottery winners, Teepee hotel owners, pinkie ring wearers, ninja sword collectors and crack smokers I will move on to my own personal lottery win….the invention of Samoa Bark.

It feels like winning the lottery without all the baggage and temptation..ok scratch that…there will definitely be temptation and there is almost a certain guarantee that you will be carrying around extra baggage on your tush, but it would be worth it, right?

Because, I think, until I DO win the lottery and buy the Girl Scout organization and force them to sell their delicious cookies year-round this yummy treat will have to suffice.

Suffice indeed.

It’s easy and no bake.  Have I convinced you yet?

Here’s how you do it.

First melt your chocolate.

Then spread it on a foil lined baking sheet.

Immediately press shortbread cookies into the chocolate.

Put in the freezer to set.

Meanwhile toast your coconut.  Carefully.

You want it to be pretty and toasty…

Now melt your caramels and fold in the pretty, toasted coconut.  Spread it all over your frozen bark.  It’s important that it’s frozen because the caramel mixture doesn’t spread easily and you want the bark to stay intact.

Now drizzle with more chocolate because it’s the law ’round these parts.

I stuck it back in the freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate (you can skip this step if you have a little while and let it set up at room temperature), but you will want to eat the bark at room temperature unless you would like to lose a filling on the caramel.  Something you should know.

Cut into squares, or triangles or parallelograms…maybe even a rhombus, if you’re feeling geometrical.  Otherwise you can just break it into pieces and eat every time you walk past it, much like I do.


Samoa Bark


  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate + 2 oz for drizzle
  • 3540 shortbread cookies (I used Lorna Doone)
  • 14 oz bag of caramels
  • 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • Instructions


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Melt 12 oz of semi-sweet chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. (I prefer double boiler).
  3. Spread the melted chocolate to your desired thickness…I went thin-ish.
  4. Top your warm chocolate evenly with your shortbread cookies.
  5. Place baking sheet in freezer while you do the next steps.
  6. In a non-stick skillet on medium-low heat, toast your coconut, stirring occasionally. This will take about 10 minutes or so, but be watchful because once it starts to brown it happens quickly and you do not want to burn the coconut! When the coconut is toasted, set aside.
  7. Meanwhile unwrap all your caramels and place them in a medium saucepan along with 3 Tbsp of water over medium-low heat.
  8. Stir continuously until the caramel has JUST melted. You don’t want to over heat the caramel, as it will make it hard. Immediately fold in your toasted coconut.
  9. Remove your chocolate from the freezer and spread the caramel/coconut evenly on top.
  10. Melt your remaining 2 oz of chocolate using whatever melting process you prefer and drizzle over the top of the caramel/coconut.
  11. Put back in the freezer for 5 minutes to set the chocolate.
  12. Cut and enjoy!


Cut using a sharp knife in the size/shape of your choosing. Store in an airtight container.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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106 Responses
  1. Ha! what a brilliant post 🙂 You have such an entertaining writing style, im in the waste-of-money camp ie i dont buy them, my mum buys them religiously though and i dread to think how much has gone on tickets over the years! If its a special day like mine or my mas birthday though i might make an exception…

    ANYWAY! These look goddarn scrumptious, absolutely perfecto, i have been wanting to make samoa cookies for a while and this appeals even more to be honest! lovely 🙂

  2. Anna

    Oh my goodness, I think I love you! Why didn’t I think of this?! So now when the GS Cookies are been sold, I only have to buy a dozen Thin Mint cookies for the hubs! My daughter and I can have Samoas any ol’ time we feel the urge!

    (I’m sure the Thin Mints could be re-created, but we have to suppor the Girl Scouts)

  3. Elizabeth L in Apex, NC

    I might, right at this very moment, despair of having discovered your blog. [Sigh] And I’d lost 25 pounds, too.
    Guess I’ll have to size up my jeans now because O-M-G these are enticing. Have to finish the S’More Krispie Treats we made this weekend before we try them, though. (You are such a temptress!)

  4. Omg thank you for this!! I’ve made home made samoas before but I don’t always feel like having to make a batch of shortbread for it so this is perfect.

    I gotta say though making caramel for this is sooo easy and way less annoying than unwrapping all those wrappers. It may even end up being cheaper!

  5. OMGoodness this post made me laugh. I play my $1. twice a week for my lottery ticket. The worst part is we moved from a lottery state to a non lottery state. When my daughter goes back to CA for a visit I have her get me my MegaMillions lottery tickets by doing the advance play. I was in AZ picking up our new puppy and I did the same with Powerball. You just never know 🙂

    One thing I do know is I am making this bark – tomorrow. Thank you for sharing the recipe

    1. shelly

      So funny! My husband ALWAYS buys lotto tickets when we are in different states! They don’t do powerball in NJ, so he makes a special trip to PA when the amount gets big. Crazy 🙂

  6. Oh dear God… you did not go and do this. My favorite girl scout cookie into bark? You are so smart.
    Lottery tickets – I get bitten by the bug like once every 6 years.

  7. MitziW

    Samoa’s, sometimes called Caramel deLites, are my VERY favorite Girl Scout cookie. I can’t wait to try these. My girls and I will go out and buy some Lorna Doone’s tomorrow. Thank you soooo much!

    1. {Aside from the 10 pounds I keep gaining every time I look at your blog, I really like the new design! Keep those calories coming!}

      I wanted my blog post to show below. Vain, yes, but I’m very proud of those cookies!

  8. This is genius. No joke. And your photos are GORGEOUS!! 🙂

    I am a lottery ticket buyer, but only very occasionally. For some reason, when I get the urge to buy one I can’t resist because what if it is fate telling me it’s my time to be rich?

  9. OMG I HAVE LORNA DOONE COOKIES IN MY PANTRY. And coconut and chocolate. I want these now…but then again I still have Samoas in my freezer (I’m THAT kind of person). Is it bad if I make these AND eat the actual cookies? If we win the lottery I can totally hire a personal trainer and get some “work” done.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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