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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Just to check what how many servings would you say this makes? Sounds and looks amazing!!


Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the idea of this recipe. I made it last night and it just wasn’t what I expected. It was too hard to get the coconut/carmel mixture on the cookies and it didn’t “break” into pieces like traditional bark. I ate a piece and it just tasted a lot like….chocolate. Thank you for the recipe but I suppose it’s just not for me.


Would love to try this but we don;t have Lora Doone cookies in Canada. Wondering what I can find to substitute

The Nested Turtle

These look So AMAZING!!!! These may have to be added to my Christmas baking list! And the comments on this post are hilarious!


I’m in love! My fav Girl Scout cookie is the Samoa and this is perfect fix. My family loved them. This will be a regular on special occasion rotation. I do cut them to the size of the cookie since they are a rich and sweet bite. Love your page too.

Kate Lorenz
Kate Lorenz

Shelly, you are a great writer. In this time when people often skip the use of capitalization and punctuation, you not only harken back to the days of yore, but you also craft your words in a lovely way. Sounds like you have a crazy fun sense of humor, too. I’m going to have to like or follow or pin (or whatever) so I can read more. If your recipes are as delightful as your commentary, this is going to be a fun addition. Thanks and best wishes.


Okay, I am scurred to do this but, what do you think about adding some salted butter to caramel while melting? Do you think this may make it easier to spread? I get SUPER frustrated spreading things like this. I’m starting this now, cause I am also super impatient, so if I don’t chicken out, I will report back. I’ll just eat the whole bowl of caramel if it screws it up, so no harm there, right?


OKAY! It worked, I think. I used about 1/2 Tb butter and Tb water in the caramel. I am not sure if it changed anything, but the caramel mixture was malleable and easy to spread with my moistened hands. (My moistened “clean hands” as recipes always read, which cracks me up.) Kind of like when they list “unwrapped caramels.” Thanks for this easy recipe…they came out perfect!


I went gambling one time… one time!

I blew $5 on a slot machine and was so ruffled at the lack of return I never gambled again. I am MUCH more willing to blow $5 on a cute top at Target or at least the ingredients to make this AMAZING samoa bark than to swindle it away into oblivion.

It’s quite evident that I’m with you on both these fronts – anti lottery and pro samoa.

All the way.


I went gambling one time… one time! I blew $5 on a slot machine and was so ticked off at the lack of return I never returned again. I am MUCH more willing to blow $5 on a cute top at Target or at least the ingredients to make this AMAZING samoa bark that to swindle it away into oblivion. Y


What size pan did you use in making these? They sound wonderful but I don’t want to drop into a over or undersized baking pan and ruin this amazing recipe!!


Oh Ehm Gee! I had a foodgasm just seeing the picture on your site. NEVER before have I just been browsing Pinterest and seen a recipe for something I’d never heard of before and dropped everything I was doing to rush to the store and try it for myself. I would make you royalty if I could. I need to formulate a new workout plan!! 🙂 Thanks so much!!


Yum! I found this recipe via Pinterest and can’t wait to try it. I’m not a coconut girl, so I’m going to substitute some toasted almonds. Thanks!


Samoas are my all-time favorite girl scout cookie. This is the best idea ever. I might just be falling in love with your blog…


These look awesome and so easy. Love you philosophy on foolish/sensible use of money. Sounds like my husband shares your husband’s viewpoint.

Andrea (questfordelish)

I found these on pinterest and must try them. Thanks for sharing.


We have renamed this “Samoa Crack” because it is sooooo addictive!


Thank you for posting this recipe!! I just made these for the first time tonight and my husband and I are SWOONING over their awesomeness. I have just found my new go-to dessert!!! 🙂


Good Lord Woman, this is my first visit, saw the word Samoa on Pinterest and had to check it out. That’s my favorite freakin cookie from the GS, I was pretty upset they changed the name. You can bet your sweet bippy I will be making these and eating them and not caring that I’m all ready a fat housewife. I think I love you and will be back to stalk your blog.

Thanks for the recipe.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain

Just pinned this..I’m thinking it would make some great Christmas goodies for friends!


This sounded so good, but it was a giant fail for me. When I tried to cut it, the coconut/caramel layer separated from the cookie layer. And the caramel never softened from sitting at room temperature; it definitely could’ve ruined some teeth! So into the trash it went. 🙁


This looks sinful. I’m probably going to hell anyway, so I might as well indulge…

Jen C.
Jen C.

My husband is convinced that we will, one day, win the lottery. There is one caveat here, and that is he needs to actually purchase a lottery ticket. Me? Never bought one, never will. I have one BIL who gives lottery tickets every year as birthday presents, and every year I ask if I can just have the $5. What am I supposed to say to that?! Thanks for throwing my $5 away? I mean…seriously?! That’s a value meal at McD’s! LOL

On to more important things…these samoa bars? Honestly? I. Love. You. That is all.

MK Hand
MK Hand

I made this and it’s amazing…the taste and the presentation were big hits. Just one small addition. When I got to the point of adding the chocolate to the top, I added a small amount of vegetable oil (maybe 2 – 3 tsp….ideally, would have added melted cocoa butter but didn’t have any) to the melted chocolate to make it easier to drizzle and to “decorate” the top! The addition of the small amount of added fat thins the chocolate without diluting the flavor, allows for a better “drizzle” and permits it to harden in the freezer just fine! Thought… Read more »


I was enjoying some time on Pinterest tonight and it brought me to your page here. This recipe looks amazing!

Not only did I discover this yummy, easy recipe, I absolutely hear you on the lotto stuff (my hubby is also a lotto ticket buyer and I am not). You writing is great and gave me a good laugh. I’ll definitely be checking back!


I made these tonight, and saved my husband from some monotonous tax stuff. He was quite happy. I have enough to take in to work tomorrow to ease us back in from the 3 day weekend, too 😀

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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