13 Chocolate Coconut Recipes Inspired by the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie

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Every year the package arrives. Those famous Girl Scout cookies.

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While I’m no snob to the wondrous Thin Mint, sometimes (meaning often), I crave that chocolate caramel toasted coconut goodness that’s wrapped up perfectly in the Samoa cookie.

 

Once in the house, that’s all I can think about. (Yes, I’m ill that way.)

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Five minutes later…no more cookies. ☹️

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What’s a gal to do? 

Find more ways to recreate those flavors!

13 Ways to Get Your Samoa-fix All Year Long


Giant Samoa Cookie

Video recipe here by Tastemade

Samoa Rice Krispy Treats

Recipe here by Jenny Evolution 

Samoa Doughnuts

Recipe here by PaleoOMG

Samoa Pretzels

Recipe here by Twigg Studios

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Samoa Bundt Chocolate Cake 

Recipe here by Betsy Life

Samoa Milkshake

Recipe here by House of Yumm

Samoa Brownies

Recipe here by Deliciously Yum

Samoa Ice Cream Cake

Recipe here by Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Samoa Pull-Apart Bread

Recipe here by I Wash You Dry

 

Samoa Cookie Pie

Recipe here by Averie Cooks

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Recipe here by How Sweet It Is

Chocolate Coconut Caramal Upside Down Cake 

Recipe here by Mind Over Batter

Samoa Apple Bites

Recipe here by Spoon University

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor?

13 Sophisticated Ice Cream Toppings

We’re raising the bar for National Fudge Sundae Day.

 

There’s nothing wrong with the classic sundae you grew up with, complete with hot fudge and a cherry. But, if you really want to splurge, it’s time to explore some new mature flavor combinations… meaning, it’s time to upgrade your kiddie sundae.

 

Think of a scoop of ice cream as a blank canvas. 

Now, add a sprinkle of WHAM

A couple spoonfuls of POW. 

A dollop of BANG.

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And suddenly you’ve discovered your new comfort food.


 

13 Sophisticated Adult Ice Cream Toppings


Brandied Cherries 

Recipe

 

Toasted Coconut

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Cacao Nibs 

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Chocolate Sunflower Seeds

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Cinnamon Roasted Cashews

Recipe

 

Candied Orange Peel

Recipe


Salty Espresso Cocoa Almonds

Recipe here

 

Triple Berry Compote

Recipe

 

Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle

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Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

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Chocolate Covered Bacon

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Kahlua Hot Fudge Sauce

Recipe here

 

Bourbon Chocolate Whipped Cream

Recipe

 What ingredients make up your favorite sundae?

13 Popsicles You Won’t Find in your Grocer’s Freezer

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Summer is officially on! And it’s hot out there, to say the least. The heat might be great when you’re swimming in the pool or relaxing at the beach.  But, when you’re clothes are soaked from sweat, just from walking from the car to the house door, it’s time for some relief.

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My solution? Chill out with a chocolate gourmet popsicle. 

If you’ve never made homemade pops, be prepared to get addicted fast. You can use any base for the liquid, which really comes in handy when you want a healthy option, or you want to make an adult cocktail version. Then, add your choice of ingredients. Fresh fruits, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, cookies, sprinkles… the flavor combinations are endless.


I’ve gathered a collection of scrumptious frozen Popsicle recipes to get you started. Banoffee Pie, Strawberry White Chocolate, Taramisu, and the always popular, Chunky Monkey!  What are your favorite Popsicle flavors?


13 Chocolate Popsicle Recipes


 

Playing it Cool!

Save those sticks! Once you have an ample supply of Popsicle sticks, why not recycle them into summer fun? You can find directions for this exploding chain reaction here.

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You’re Going to Need a Bigger Spoon

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When you learn that it’s Chocolate Ice Cream Day, a plain scoop of ice cream just won’t do.  

Indulge in the good stuff and, …grab a bigger spoon while you’re at it.


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Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream

Recipe by Ashlee Marie

 

Rocky Road Pudding Parfait

Recipe by Half Baked Harvest

 

German Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Recipe by Sugar Hero

Macaroons or Macarons?

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Happy Macaroon Day….or, is that Macaron Day?  


Although many use the spellings interchangeably, most pastry experts define them as two very distinct cookies.

 

The macaroon, is a bit crunchy on the outside, with a sweet chewy, dense center.  They are often made of egg whites, coconut and/or almonds, and sweetened condensed milk.  Preferably, they are dipped or drizzled with chocolate, as in these Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Macaroons by A Dash of Sass.

 

 

In contrast, the macaron, is a round sandwich cookie made of egg whites, sugar, and almond flour.  It can be filled with a variety of fillings, such as ganache, jam, or buttercream, offering infinite flavor combinations.

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Chocolate Macaron with Bittersweet Mocha Ganache

Recipe by Hungry Rabbit

 

Chocolate Macaron with Orange Ganache

Recipe by Bon Appetit

 

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What’s your preference?