I was in my lab this past week, and someone came in and asked if I wanted to order some…. YES! YES! Of course I want to order some Girl Scout cookies! My heart starting beating rapidly. Most likely somewhat out of sync out of anticipation. I’ll take 8. 8 boxes. 2 Thin Mint®, 2 peanut butter whatevers, 2 shortbread. 2 Samoas®. Ok… Let’s make it 10. 2 more Samoas®. I mean, they do freeze well! (Thin Mints® seem better frozen to me!)
It’s really a wonder I have been able to sleep at all after ordering these. These cookies bring back such good memories from… well, all the time. I used to be jealous when I was in Boy Scouts that they got to sell these sweet, enslaving cookies, and I just just trying to pitch some popcorn. Boooooooring. It just wasn’t fair. Luckily, my Mom would stock up and I knew exactly where in the deep freezer that she would hide them.
Being one of the few people on earth that doesn’t usually care for chocolate (I know… I know…), oddly enough , the Thin Mint cookies are probably my favorites. I’m always a sucker for mint. Second in line are the Samoas. Again, I really don’t care for coconut. They must be lacing these things with something. Maybe I should test them in the lab! Maybe…
Since most of the people I am around seem to enjoy the Samoas as their favorite
addiction cookie, I decided that I would try to make some homemade warped version of something to hold myself over until the real things arrived. Pairing these cookies with the quaint little Mini Donut Maker that I received for Christmas just seemed natural. Yes, It is just as amazing as it sounds! I also have a mini donut pan that I could have used. They work pretty well, although I prefer the machine because it takes most of the guess-work out as to knowing when they are finished. So much faster too!
For this recipe, I had initially decided to take the easy road and just melt down some store-bought caramels. It’s a weekend. I was lazy. I bought everything that I needed and came home. I then ate most of the caramels that I had bought for the recipe. Oops? I was now forced to either abandon the entire idea or just make my own. Abandon donut-making plans? Pfft. That’s funny.
Homemade caramel it is! I will say that I went the easy route and made it in a microwave instead of the conventional stove-top method. Worked like a charm! We’ll keep half of the caramel to dip the donuts in before we coat them with the caramel/coconut mixture. I found that this helps it to stick better.
Since you’ve read this far, here is a bonus! — I had a bit of caramel and caramel/coconut left over after everything was finished. I let it cool a bit on paper, rolled it out when it was cool enough to handle, cut it up with greased kitchen shears and wrapped little pieces in plastic wrap. They’re a great little treat!
As for the chocolate bottom coating and drizzle, use whatever is your favorite! Semi-sweet or milk would be my suggestion. Just melt down some extra chocolate chips you have laying around.
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