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Mini Samoa Pies

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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 | crazyforcrust.com | 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 | crazyforcrust.com | 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 | crazyforcrust.com | 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…)

Servings: 18

Mini Samoa Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust — from a pack of two or a from scratch crust)
  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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Sweets from friends:
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64 comments

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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! 😛

  8. i love samoas. they look great!

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

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