I know these have an updated name, samoas, but they were carmel delites when I was a Girl Scout, so I'm sticking with that name. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and thought it was way too good to pass up. I figured I would take a mini shortcut and use the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix for the cookie and the ingredients for the topping seemed pretty basic.
I'm going to start by saying these cookies were delicious. They were also difficult because I made a few mistakes along the way, but I have a few suggestions that will make this recipe a little bit easier for you!
First, I'll tell you where I went wrong.... I was slightly confused by the recipe because I couldn't figure out how you would apply the carmel topping then dip the cookie in the melted chocolate. In my mind you were supposed to submerge the entire cookie in chocolate and then add the topping. I quickly realized this was not going to work- I didn't have close to enough chocolate for that and it was a complete mess. It was actually pretty easy to just dip the bottom of the cookies in the chocolate. I realized that you are supposed to apply the topping and then dip the cookies. Live and learn.
I melted my carmel in the microwave as directed and all was well until it came time to apply it on the cookies. I think I burned every single one of my fingers trying to work with the topping. You have to keep it hot so it doesn't harden and I had a hard time finding a balance between keeping it moldable and not burning my fingers.
I followed the recipe exactly and you can find the full recipe here from bakingbikes.com.
A few tips...
1. Use a cookie mix to save time-- you'll have to wait for the cookies to be completely cooled before you can move onto any of the other steps, so make sure you make the cookies the night before, or have a few hours set aside.
2. Skip the mini circle in the middle of the cookie-- I get that you want these to look as authentic as possible, but I burned every one of my fingers trying to work with the carmel topping- it was much easier (& faster) to just plop down the carmel topping on the cookie without worrying about making it in a wreath shape. I promise it tastes just the same.
3. I would also completely skip dipping the bottom of the cookie & just skip to adding the chocolate drizzle on top. Skipping this step will save you so much time and trouble & taste wise I really did prefer the ones with less chocolate.
And because these are so delicious and a definite treat I'm linking up with Treasure Tromp!
PS. I guest posted on Lauren's blog yesterday & shared a few all-time and recent book favorites!