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.



  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate + 2 oz for drizzle
  • 35-40 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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I am with you….too cheap to blow my money on lottery. These bars look amazing! You are so smart:)

Amy | She Wears Many Hats

I think I ‘d gnaw the hell out of a tree if this kinda bark was growing on it.


Oh my goodness. I LOVE samoa cookies. LOVE. I am absolutely going to have to make this!!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

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.

Cookbook Queen

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?


Oh my goodness, this looks delicious!! Now I’m off to the store for shortbread cookies… =)

Maris (In Good Taste)

This looks totally amazing and mouthwatering!


I think I won the lotto with this recipe…I LOVE the samoa girl scout cookie.


This is spectacular, easy, I need it in my life.

Kacey S

My husband would love this…unfortunately I do not have one single ingredient at home. Shopping tomorrow!


Jackpot! These look like a winner.


Im totally offended, and so is my pinkie ring. baha. You didn’t win the lottery with these, you freaking STRUCK GOLD!!!!!


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!


{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!


I freakin’ love your site~ You make me laugh….immensely! Love this recipe!


I dont’ know, this seems better than the lottery to me! After all…what am I gonna do with all those ninja swords?


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!


That is genius! I love barks, one of my favorite treats to make during the holidays.


What a great post and amazing recipe! I play the lotto…but one ticket and one ticket only…even when it’s a bazillion dollars!


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.


Those look so good! I hate coconut, but I still want to make these!

And I totally agree about the lottery.

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

Oh my flipping heck!..I am so making these sinful treats..and I might not even share1 (lol)

Charlene Austin

Making these!!!!!! Never heard of the cookies but here in Canada we pretty much get the basic choc or vanilla from the girl scouts. And those are yuck.


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!


If I make my own caramel, then my kiddo with food allergies can have this recipe. Becca, can you share your recipe? ; )

megan @ whatmegansmaking

I agree with you on the lottery thing, and the Samoa bark thing…looks amazing!

Elizabeth L in Apex, NC
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!)

bridget {bake at 350}

Oh my gosh….I’m gonna ditto Amy’s comment up there! 😉

PS…hope your hubby wins the lotto!


The best bark I have ever seen!


WOW Shelly!! this looks like a winner to me!!

Katrina @ In Katrina

Sweet baby Jesus. Promise me you will still remember to share your recipe creations with us after you win millions.

Samantha P

YUM! Just when I thought Sampoa’s couldn’t get any better! Can’t wait to make these and ruin a few more diets 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing!


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)


I love this. And the use of Lorna Doone’s (my favorite) only makes it better!!!


Spectacular! Splendid! Super!
Good luck with lotto ;-))

Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

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 🙂

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Why must you post this on the day I start back on Weight Watchers?


These are amazing! I love no bake recipes.


i do not even have a smart-ass comment to leave because i am (a) staring longingly at the screen and (b) licking said screen . . . sigh . . .

Kristin @ The Pastry Affair

This bark sounds incredible. Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie of all time. I could eat an entire box by myself. Seriously.

When you win the lottery, make me a batch (or three) and have Ryan Gosling’s abs deliver it to me. Deal? Deal.


Absolutely mouth watering! I will have to make these. I like your sense of humor, too, and that you tell a story in addition to talking about the food.

Guest are totally cracking me up! Hmmm crack or Louis??? What to choose..what to choose!
I will be making these

Misha @coffeetococktails

someday I’m going to win the lottery.
in the meantime, I will wallow in these unbelievably delicious looking Somoa bark cookie bar thingamigigies until I do.
Thank you for this recipe. i cannot wait to try it!!!


You have got to be joking me totally hit the jack pot with this one I don’t know if I can make this I have ready gained about 10lbs looking @ this. Soma’s are my very favorite. Thank you for the yummyness!


These look awesome and PS we buy lottery tickets because we’re going to win! 😉

Bonnie at sweet life

Holy batman!! My mouth, thighs and rear need this stat!! great bark, with a bite of sweet!! loving it!!


i see no use in buying lotto tickets–i’m about the most unlucky person in the world when it comes to things like that!
on a happy note, this is some of the most appetizing bark i’ve ever seen. excellent idea and wonderful execution.


Wow – I have died and gone to heaven! Looks amazing!

Andrea @ From the Bookshelf

Oh, how I feel your lottery pain! My husband is a lottery player – I think the most he’s ever won is $2. Oh, boy!
THe Samoas look delicious!


You are my sunshine, and you make me happy all the day!



Wow this looks like something you’d buy in a fancy shop (we don’t have samoas in the UK!) – I’m impressed that you made it using shop bought chocolate, caramels etc, so its really easy too!