Crazy for Crust

Mar 04

Mini Samoa Pies

Y’all loved the Samoa Magic Bars so much last week that I decided to beat a dead horse.

Enter: Mini Samoa Pies. Again, no Samoas (or Caramel deLites) were harmed in the making of this recipe.

Mini Samoa Pies | | A mini pie shell filled with chocolate, caramel, and coconut...just like a Samoa Cookie!

My dessert ADD is at an all-time high right now. I cannot focus. I can’t stop switching gears halfway through recipes. I don’t have my March  recipes all planned out.

{Well, actually, that last one is a lie. I do – but it’s been crossed out and erased and scribbled on so much I can’t read it anymore. So at this point, I’m winging it.}

I have so many ideas for recipes and there is just not enough time in each day to make the recipes, let alone post them all. I’m a total spaz – jumping from mint to coconut to carrot cake to peanut butter to cinnamon rolls to cookies to pie…

It never ends.

One thing that I love about my dessert distractedness?  It gives me something to focus on. The other day at the gym I was doing wall sits, three rounds of a minute each. My trainer was getting mad because my poker face was in full effect (meaning I don’t grimace or show pain). I told him I go to my happy place during things I hate. My happy place is sugar. I’ve come up with some of my best recipes during wall sits, squat sequences, leg raise marathons, and the never ending curl sequence.

Like these Samoa Pies. I came up with them one day during a particularly brutal weights-over-head lunge walk.

Exercise = Dessert. My kind of equation!

Mini Samoa Pies | | A mini pie shell filled with chocolate, caramel, and coconut...just like a Samoa Cookie!

So I know I posted Thin Mint Truffle Brownies on Sunday, Thin Mint S’mores on Thursday, and Samoa Magic Bars last week. But, um, can we do one more? I mean, my BFF Ashton is doing 3 weeks of Girl Scout Cookies (it’s Samoa week!) so I figure y’all can hang with me for recipe #4, right?

Good. These pies are worth it, I promise!

This is one of the easiest recipes ever. I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’re easier than the aforementioned magic bars. They’re easier than opening a box of Samoas. (Almost.)

Simply take a pie crust (I used a Pillsbury crust, but you can also use my all butter pie crust) and cut 2.5″ circles with a round cutter or jar lid or glass. Press each into a mini muffin pan. One crust makes about 18 mini pies, FYI.

Fill each pie with chocolate chips, and then a mixture of melted caramel and coconut. Bake until they’re browned and then top with a drizzle of melted chocolate to simulate the “Samoa Stripe”.

These really do taste like a Samoa in pie form. I make lots of mini pies, but I think these were one of my favorites! I ate a few too many so I had to do more wall sits.

And you know what that means, right?

Mini Samoa Pies | | A mini pie shell filled with chocolate, caramel, and coconut...just like a Samoa Cookie!

If you give a girl a wall sit, she’ll bring you more dessert. Come back tomorrow! (And the next day and the next day and…)

Mini Samoa Pies

Yield: 18 pies

Mini Samoa Pies


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (from a pack of two) or a from scratch crust (this is my favorite recipe)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 15 caramel squares, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon vegetable oil or Crisco


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray (I like to use the kind with flour.)
  2. Unroll pie crust and cut 2.5” circles with a cookie cutter (or jar or glass). Press gently into the cavities on your pan. (Makes about 18 with re-rolling the crust.)
  3. Place about 6 chocolate chips in the bottom of each pie (about 1/3 cup total). Place pans in the refrigerator until ready to continue.
  4. Melt caramel squares and water in a medium microwave safe bowl on HIGH power for 30 seconds; stir. Heat in additional 30 second increments, until it melts and is smooth after stirring (about 1 minute total). Stir in coconut.
  5. Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of the coconut mixture onto the top of the chocolate chips. Spray your hands with cooking spray and press the coconut mixture down evenly (it is very sticky). Work fast, the caramel starts to harden after only a few minutes.
  6. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until the crusts start to get golden. Cool completely in pan then remove to a cookie sheet. They should pop right out, but if the caramel has melted onto the sides of the pan, you can use a knife to loosen them.
  7. Melt remaining chocolate chips in a small bowl with vegetable oil or Crisco. (30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave.) Stir until smooth. Place in a sandwich bag and cut off a teeny tiny bit of one corner. Pipe stripes over the pies to mimic the stripes on the Samoa cookies.


This recipe is easily doubled using the whole package of 2 refrigerated pie crusts and double the rest of the ingredients.

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Sweets from friends:
Samoa Oreo Cookies by Chef in Training
Samoa Donuts by Damn Delicious
Samoas Fudge by Something Swanky


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58 comments on “Mini Samoa Pies

  1. Oh that FILLING!!! I want to scoop it out of every one of those and just go to town on that stuff! DELISH!

  2. These are SO cute! I love this version of Samoas better than the actual cookie! Pinned :)

  3. Are you kidding? I don’t think we could ever get tired of recipes based on Girl Scout Cookies!! These tiny pies are so adorable. Love ’em!

  4. Ahhh these are so cute, and such a good idea. Samoas (I don’t call them Caramel delites) are the best cookie out there.

  5. Ahhhh someone else shares my recipe ADD!!!! I think of ideas and plan it out then think of better ideas and erase. It’s a total problem! This idea was fantastic Dorothy!!! YUM!

  6. These are awesome! What a great idea! I want to face plant in that filling. And I totally share your dessert ADD. It’s constant. I buy things all the time that never make it into a recipe because by the time I get it home, I’ve come up with something else, lol.

  7. Oh my…how darn cute and addicting do these look! I would definitely eat far too many and be so happy about it. Yum! Pinned :)

  8. ooo these are just too cute! :) I’ve never had a samoa cookie but these look unreal!

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  10. LOL! Some of my best creations come when I at the gym too :-) I have slacked a little in the gym department lately…I’m thinking it’s time I get back to it. Yay for squats and all that “fun” stuff. (said sarcastically) Love these fun little pies girl! I am totally craving caramel goodness now!!!

    • Yay squats! Have you seen that barbie graphic? The “walking/running” barbie vs. squat barbie? The walking one has a flat butt and the squat one has a bubble. It’s hilarious (and sort of true).

  11. How cute! I bet they taste amazing. pinning!

  12. OK…..UNCLE. Lead me to the recipe book that has all of these in it.. Seriously. I just found you last week and already made 2 recipes that are the best brownies I’ve ever made. Send the link please.

  13. These look sooo good! I can’t wait to try these at home:)

  14. OMG, these look delicious and sound even better than the cookie! Pinner :)

  15. I’m with Averie – I just want to slather that filling all over my face – holy YUM! Pinned!

  16. AND these tasted even better than the looked if that’s possible. Thanks for bringing me some!
    xoxo, Mom

  17. I went home to visit my parents this past weekend, and I totally found a box of these infamous Girl Scout cookies half-eaten and hidden in the back of their pantry! (Definitely my dad’s doing, seeing as my mom was on travel for 4 days and didn’t know about it…) But they actually switched the name back to Samoas!!! At least according to that new purple box that I snuck a few cookies from. 😉 And I’ve gotten some of my best recipe ideas from my long runs too! Exercise is the best time to recipe brainstorm. All those happy endorphins floating around, all that strain/pain you want to ignore, all those things you crave while working up an appetite… But I suppose a hardcore trainer just doesn’t quite understand the way a food blogger’s mind works!

  18. Drooling!! Can I just have them all?!? Amazing!

  19. I want a batch of these SO freaking bad! What a fun idea!

  20. I hate/love wall sits!! I Love that you think of desserts during them, all my brain goes to is cursing and hatred for working out!! LOL I have issues, oops!

  21. These look delicious! I don’t think that anyone can overload on too many girl scout cookies :)

  22. These look so yummy! We bought a box of Somoas last week, and they were gone the next day! Anything mini always makes you feel less guilty too!

  23. Eeeeeeeeek, I am in LOVE with these, Dorothy! Making the gooey, sticky Samoa mixture into a pie is just so dang brilliant. Hope you still have leftovers!

  24. Bahahaha I am totally with you on the dessert ADD! I must redo my “to bake” list every other day! I should really just put it on a white board lol… I just went to the grocery store to buy ingredients for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes but then I saw carrots when i walked in. So now I’m making a carrot cake too lol … BTW, the Samoa Pies look amazing!! yum yum yum

  25. Just yesterday I dreamed up two new desserts while on my run! Come to think of it, I end up thinking about food a lot while I run. . .Love these little pies! That filling is amazing!

  26. One can simply never go wrong with anything having to do with samoa flavors, especially if it means it’s in a mini pie form. :)

  27. lol this is the best happy place!!!!! I love how simple they are AND that they’re bite sized—it means I could just pop these until they’re alllll gone! 😛

  28. i love samoas. they look great!

  29. I do my best recipe work while I’m doing crunches. These little pies are adorable. Pinned.

  30. WOW! You know, Samoas are one of my favorite cookies! What a great idea to make them into a tart. So beautiful, too!

  31. Oh my goodness, I have been dreaming of your Samoa Magic Bars but sound equally tasty but super adorable! Yum, drooling and can’t wait to try these – pinning :)

  32. These are right up my alley — mini and Saomas! YUM — I have got to try them! They sound so easy too, I may just have to double or even triple the recipe; just to make sure there is enough for my family to enjoy (on one night mind you!!!).

  33. I’m anxious to make the mini samoa pies but will be using double boiler for melting as I have not used a microwave since 2007—drs. orders! haven’t missed the micro one bit!

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  37. These look great, I’ll try them for sure.  They just bring up something I have wondered about for years- why are people so  crazy about Girl Scout Cookies? They are really substandard factory cookies that have interesting flavors but always just fail to please.  I feel un-American for saying so, but they really are no better than things like chips ahoy or anything else in the supermarket.  If they didn’t come with cute little neighbor/realtive/big-eyed-little-girl-atmy-door guilt and this weird “get them now” desperation would sane people with taste-buds really but them?

    • I bet it’s because, back in the day, you could ONLY get them once a year. Now that’s still true, but Keebler has knock offs that are 50% cheaper. I only buy them now to support my daughter’s friends, then I freeze the box for summer vacation.

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