Samoa Mini Doughnuts

Samoa Mini Doughnuts


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 cookiesMy 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.




Samoa Mini Doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 Mini Doughnuts

Serving Size: 1 Doughnut

Samoa Mini Doughnuts

Samoa Mini Doughnuts ||


  • 1 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cinnamon nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Caramel Coconut Glaze
  • 7-10 ounces coconut, flake-style (I used sweetened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, white granulated
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Chocolate Base & Drizzle
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (type by personal choice, semi-sweet or milk)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 F if using doughnut pan (or heat mini-doughnut maker!)
  2. Combine and sift dry ingredients together well.
  3. Place dry ingredients in mixer.
  4. Mix in milk, egg, vanilla, butter until well-combined.
  5. Pipe mixture into molds and cook until firm. 4-5 minutes in oven or doughnut maker instructions. (Ziplock with corner cut works well)
  6. Glaze / Topping
  7. Toast coconut on paper-lined pan in 350 F oven, stirring often, 4-5 minutes, until golden. Set aside.
  8. Combine all other caramel ingredients into microwave-safe bowl and heat for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  9. Pour half of caramel into bowl. Mix toasted coconut into other half.
  10. When cool enough to handle, dip top of doughnut into caramel and then into caramel/coconut mixture. May need to spoon it on to form.
  11. Cool on baking sheet.
  12. Melt chocolate in microwave, stirring often.
  13. Dip bottom of doughnuts into chocolate. Cool on baking sheet.
  14. Using remaining chocolate in bag, pipe/drizzle across tops of doughnuts.
  15. Allow to cool completely.
  16. Enjoy with friends. Visit us at and let us know how they were!


Samoa Mini Doughnuts ||

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  • Laurie

    Words fail. This is brilliant. I don’t own a donut pan, but I think I have to go buy one right now! Wowwowow!

    • Phillip @

      Thanks! This mini doughnut maker is completely ruining my New Year resolutions!

    • Phillip @

      Thanks! That mini doughnut maker will certainly be the end of my New Year resolution(s)!

  • Kalin

    Truth on the preference for frozen Thin Mints; every box I buy goes straight in the freezer. And I’ll have you know sir, I don’t think I’ve EVER wanted a doughnut as much as I want one of these!

    • Phillip @

      I don’t even really care for chocolate but those…. Eeeeee! Yes! Give these a go. Pretty easy if you can grab a doughnut pan! Of course… you -could- fry them too probably 😉

  • Leah Short

    My favorite is a tie between Thin Mint and Samoas. That specific crunch of the Thin Mint is just perfect. Speaking of perfect, hello my new favorite doughnut! These look like my new best friend. 😉

    • Phillip @

      Oddly enough, I -love- Thin Mints (frozen) even though I don’t care for chocolate. Pretty sure they lace them with amazing.

  • Leah Davis

    Wow – what a creative idea to use the mini donut pan for this!!! Samoas, peanut butter patties and thin mints were my favorites :)

    • Phillip @

      Worked pretty well! Trying to see what all I can squeeze into that thing. ALL good options!

  • Lan | MoreStomach

    since you posted this last night on IG i’ve been daydreaming about it. i turned to my husband this morning and told him that i’d like to make a GF and possibly vegan version. i blame you if my jeans don’t fit after i’ve inhaled a few dozen…

    • Phillip @

      Talk about sweet dreams! I made some little testers of something similar to these with almond flour last night and it had me wondering if a GF version could be as good. I’m sure it can be done. Post a pic on IG if you work it out and let me know how it went!

  • Joey

    amazing! my fave cookie of ALL time actually haha..we called them “caramel delights” on the East Coast & out here on the West coast, they call them “samoas”!

    • Phillip @

      I keep telling people that’s what they were called when I was growing up in Kentucky!

      • Joey