Samoas Cupcakes

Samoas Cupcakes topped with a delicious caramel frosting, drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with toasted coconut. My favorite Girl Scout cookie in cupcake form! :) I am a huge fan of girl scout cookies, especially the samoas. About two months ago I made some incredible Samoas Cookie Bars, however, that was not enough to satisfy my samoas craving. These decadent and moist chocolate cupcakes swirled with a rich caramel frosting topped with a milk chocolate drizzle and toasted coconut are sure to satisfy even the worst cravings!

Samoas Cupcakes

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For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
For the Caramel Frosting:

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and cocoa powder.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, salt, baking soda, vanilla, and coconut extract until fluffy and light, at least 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the milk beating just until combined.
  4. Fill the cupcake papers 1/2 full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20-22 minutes. Tilt each cupcake in the muffin pan so it sits at an angle. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan at this angle for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To toast the coconut, spread the coconut onto a rimmed sheet pan. Toast in a 350°F oven, stirring frequently, until the coconut is an even brown color, about 10 minutes.
  6. To make the frosting,  melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the salt and brown sugar and heat the mixture to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the milk and return to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once the caramel frosting mixture is lukewarm, transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the powdered sugar and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Adjust consistency with a little more milk or powdered sugar, if necessary.
  8. Heat chocolate chips in microwave for about 30 seconds or until drizzling consistency.
  9. Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe a spiral of frosting, beginning at the outer edge and working inward. Drizzle the frosted cupcakes with melted chocolate and garnish with toasted coconut.

Source: adapted from Sugar Duchess

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56 Responses to Samoas Cupcakes

  1. ahh those are my all time favorite girl scout cookie EVER if you have extras you can mail them my way :):):)

  2. Amy says:

    Oooh, what a great idea! Samoas are my favorite cookie too :) Everyone seems to be making cupcakes these days…I really need to get onto the cupcake bandwagon!

  3. We don’t get those funky flavours of cookie here in Canada, but these look delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Michelle says:

    These look fabulous. I love the addition of the toasted coconut, of course!

  5. Just the words “caramel frosting” make my heart skip a beat. Not the mention that these look absolutely perfect. Delicious.

  6. Jenny says:

    Taking a great cookie and making it into a cupcake? “gasp!” I love it! <3

  7. Oh my! These cupcakes look too perfect to eat, but that wouldn’t stop me:)

  8. Those are absolutely GORGEOUS! :D

  9. Megan says:

    These look so decadent! I love samoas and will have to add these to my to-make list!

  10. These look AMAZINGLY GOOD! If I wasn’t always in such a hurry when in the kitchen and quite honestly afraid I’d have to eat them all myself (no one in my home is a fan of sweets) I would be making them right now. Yum!

  11. muppy says:

    Once again it looks utterly perfect and delicious…….save me one? ;)

  12. Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookie, and these look yummy as well!

  13. You’ve done it again! Made something that made me drool. Love the caramel frosting, and the cupcakes look super moist. Nice!

  14. Samoas are the absolute best, so these cupcakes are a must for me to make! I love how beautiful and delicious they look. Yum!

  15. ahhh i love the idea of a girl scout cookie cupcake!!!!

  16. I would take these cupcakes waaaayyy over those packaged samoa cookies any day!

  17. Can you believe I’ve never tried samoa cookies? I really love the sound and look of these cupcakes though, so I’m definitely keen to try them out!

  18. Sara says:

    Gorgeous! I wish all of my favorite cookies had cake counterparts!

  19. Mary says:

    What a fabulously delicious creation. These look and sound delicious and I’d love to have one with my coffee this evening. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  20. blog by tina says:

    I’ve been in love with samoas forever, now i am in love with you…FOREVER <3

  21. Peggy says:

    Samoas are definitely my favorite Girl Scout Cookie! I love finding new ways to incorporate them! Can’t wait to try these out!

  22. Lena says:

    wow! i’m very impressed by the look of these cupcakes, the frosting is so beautiful!

  23. Sara says:

    Question… why do you tilt the cupcakes while cooling? Just wondering… these look great! My hubby would love ‘em.

    • Christina says:

      You tilt them in the muffin pans so their bottoms don’t steam. You can remove them from the muffin pans after about 5 minutes and place them on a rack to cool completely.

  24. Those look delicious. LOVE caramel, especially with chocolate. Yours turned out beautifully – thanks for sharing!

  25. Deb1886 says:

    my daughter and I made these on Sunday. They looked exactly like the picture and tasted delicious. Yum!

    • Christina says:

      Yea!! I am soooo happy that you enjoyed them! Isn’t that caramel frosting the best?! Thanks for letting me know, I love to hear how my recipes turn out! :)

  26. aimeekline says:

    My son is going to go bananas when we make these at home! I think it’s the perfect birthday cupcake for a samoas lover!

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  28. lisamichele says:

    Samosas are my fav Girl Scout cookies, but your cupcakes..OMG, it’s almost cruel to post those photos! Now I have to make them!! :)

  29. lisamichele says:

    Errr..Samoa’s!! I think I have Indian on my savory radar!

  30. Not only are your recipes wonderful, but your results are gorgeous. Food can (and should) be both! I love food that looks too good to eat and tastes surprisingly wonderful too. Often the best tasting recipes are not pretty, or the pretty ones are all about the looks, but disappointingly not very tasty. You’ve brought both to the table. Thank-you, I am having so much fun exploring your site!

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  32. Cristin says:

    My frosting just wouldn’t get light and fluffy :( I tried first adding a bit more powdered sugar…that didn’t work, so I tried to balance out by adding a tid bit more milk…and still not fluffy. They taste delicious but don’t look nearly as beautiful as they do in the picture :(

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  34. jolene says:

    Here in Iowa the cookies are called Caramel D’Lites. Your cupcakes are a delight and I surely will be trying them!

  35. Jess says:

    I made these for my book club last night. I received marriage proposals! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!!

  36. Amanda says:

    I made these tonight!! So good, but rich! I could only eat one!

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  38. I just made these, literally done like 2 min ago… this recipe was super easy to follow and woah! it made a lot of cupcakes. Hubby said YUM! These are his favorite cookie so i made them for his bday. I dont like coconut or id eat them lol. Taste just like the cookie, per hubby!

  39. Lyn says:

    I just made these yesterday and i think they are awesome :)
    Your blog is wonderful and i look forward to trying more recipes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  40. chaya says:

    These look really good….I’m looking fwd to trying them does anybody know how much they yield?

    • Christina says:

      Chaya,
      This recipe makes 12 cupcakes. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

      • Sam Bradberry says:

        This recipe made 36 cupcakes for me and they weren’t minis. They weren’t large either. I just used regular muffin pans. They were sooooo very good!!!

      • Jess says:

        I have made these several times and get around 3 dozen.

      • Maya says:

        Um… when i made this recipe, i ended up with almost 3 dozen!!!!!!! it was crazy but super yummy….they were not mini cupcakes either so i dont know why i have so many…

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  42. jo says:

    the recipe sounded delicious and it looks like your cupcakes turned out perfect – i must have gone wrong somewhere but my frosting was super, super runny and nothing i did made it the proper consistency for piping. tasted great but had to dump it and use a different recipe for the frosting. the cupcakes were delicious though!

  43. These look incredible! The best flavour combination! xx

  44. melissa says:

    In the oven now and man do they smell fantastic!!! I can’t wait to try them! No More Boxed cake mix for me!!!

  45. Sam Bradberry says:

    Please forgive me, but I’m totally new to baking and I’m an idiot. I’ve been putting off making these because I don’t know when you say “2 cups flour” if you mean plain or self-rising. I kept thinking I’d figure it out, but I can’t wait on these any longer. Please help a poor soul out!! Thanks so much!!

  46. Fairypan says:

    it looks amazing! what is the yields for this recipe?

  47. Lisa says:

    I just made these and they are abolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  48. Maya says:

    I am just making these, and they look amazing!!!! Definately a keeper….

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