Desserts Recipes

Girl Scout Cupcakes (Caramel deLites or Samoas)

August 1, 2013

I don’t generally post a lot of desserts here, and here I am doing cupcakes twice in 8 days. What can I say? Sometimes you just need cupcakes.

(Actually, I was making some cupcakes for a Spoonful post, and I decided to do a couple of variations while I had everything out.

Also, you know me, any excuses to whip out the frosting gun. Best $10 I ever did spend).

And anything that is even remotely flavored like my favorite Girl Scout cookies is pretty much guaranteed to be worth making in my book.

I’ve loved Samoas my whole life (Bart even gave me a box of them when he proposed), but my most vivid memory of them is passing a troop of girl scouts in Boston selling them and Bart pulling over so I could hop out and buy some.

We’d just barely finished paying off our student loans and were coming out of a year of absolutely no spending, so paying $3 for a box of cookies seemed like extremely high living.

Eating these cupcakes made me feel rich again (even if we actually are very much the opposite).

Samoa Girl Scout cupcakes -- all the flavors of my favorite girl scout cookie!

Girl Scout Cupcakes
(adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and Perry’s Plate

Makes 12-14 cupcakes (mine made 14)

6 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk (next time, I think I’ll use coconut milk instead, just for fun)

1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream 

1 8-oz package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract


Caramel sauce (homemade or storebought)
Shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
Mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners.

In an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, salt, baking soda, vanilla, and coconut extract together until light, for 3-4 minutes.

While that mixes, whisk together the flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.

Beat the eggs, one at a time, into the butter mixture, scraping down the sides as needed. When they are fully incorporated, add the flour/cocoa mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk, just until combined.

Fill the cupcake liners 1/2 full and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate pan and bake another 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely.

For frosting, beat the whipping cream until peaks form. Refrigerate it while you do the next steps of the frosting.

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth, then sift in the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add coconut extract then whisk in the chilled whipped cream. Refrigerate it for an hour or more before frosting your cupcakes.

Frost the cupcakes, then drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with coconut and chocolate pieces. Enjoy!

Samoa Girl Scout cupcakes -- all the flavors of my favorite girl scout cookie!

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  • Reply Landen August 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

    The photos are amazing! They look delicious!

  • Reply Sarah Spitz August 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Those look super-yummy! Great job!

    I caught the baking fever as well lately

    Greetings from Europe,

  • Reply Karen August 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    These look (and sound) absolutely delicious, especially since Samosas are my next to favorite kind of Girl Scout cookies (it is hard to beat Thin Mints). Just wish you were at my house to make me some while I played with the girls.

  • Reply Jenna Hatfield August 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I just pinned these and marked them as my first to bake when I begin baking again (read: Fall).

  • Reply preethi August 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I LOVE Samoas and have been meaning to make a samoas-flavored dessert for ages.

  • Reply Stephanie Fosmo August 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Seriously, I just died a little. Being pregnant doesn't help me one bit while looking at your posts! Had to pin this though so one day I can make my attempt. When I do, you will surely hear about it!

  • Reply Nicole August 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I adore Samoas, so these will probably be made for my birthday (in 6 months…).

    I am SO intrigued by the "Year of no spending." I would love to know more about that!

    • Reply Janssen August 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Well, it's not that exciting. We basically just bought no new clothes, no gifts, didn't go out to dinner, or buy any new things for a year until our loans were paid off.

    • Reply Caitlyn August 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Wow! That is really impressive!

  • Reply Erica August 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    those are soooooo beautiful! also, did you know that this year, our first year of no student debt, i also bought girl scout cookies for the first time? i felt like such a grown up and ate both boxes by myself. 🙂

  • Reply Meghan August 26, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I had no idea we had a love of samoas in common (probably because they are expensive for such a little box). I will have to make these. Matt bought me a box while we were dating— loved him… you know the girl scouts that stood at the bottom of the hill south side of campus, close to brick oven..and tempt me to the point I had to chance my walking route home so i wouldn't see them for a few weeks.

  • Reply Rebecca Roberge March 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Yummy! Although I filled mine with caramel, and toasted the coconut like they do on the cookie! Thanks for the recipe

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