Samoa Magic Bars

No actual Samoas were harmed in the making of these magic bars.

These Samoa Magic Bars just taste like the real thing…so you can have your magic bars and your Caramel deLites too!

Samoa Magic Bars | | A magic seven layer bar filled with the flavors of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies!

So, what are Girl Scout cookies up to now? $4.50 a pop? Seriously, they’re the only cookie that’ll I spend that much on for such a small box. I mean, each box is one serving (maybe two), am I right?

Jordan was a Girl Scout for a hot minute back in Kindergarten and First Grade. By Christmastime in Second Grade she was hemming and hawing about continuing; it really wasn’t for her.

I made sure she quit before cookie sales started. I’m a smart mom, after all. Because a 5 or 6 year old selling cookies? Means I’m selling cookies. I did that for several years back in the day myself, thankyouverymuch. #mamaaintgottimeforthat

So now we just live off the GS cookie stash in the freezer. You GS moms know it; it’s the one you have because your daughter had to get to the next tier so instead of paying your mortgage last January, you paid for cookies.

Samoa Magic Bars | | A magic seven layer bar filled with the flavors of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies!

Well, you’ll be delighted to know that these Samoa Magic Bars don’t actually use the girl scout cookies. So you can have them now, even if your shipment hasn’t come in.

You can have them in June, when you’ve run out.

Or you can make them AND eat that box of Caramel deLites.

{BTW, which is it? Samoa or Caramel deLite? Why do they always change the darn names??!!}

Whatever they’re called, they are the most wonderful combo ever: shortbread, caramel, coconut, and chocolate. To. Die. For.

So are these bars.

Samoa Magic Bars | | A magic seven layer bar filled with the flavors of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies!

These bars have a shortbread crust. It’s pre-baked for 10 minutes before you add the toppings.

The toppings are reminiscent of that amazing girl scout cookie: chocolate chips, caramel bits, and coconut. I used Kraft Caramel Bits for my caramel layer. They’re little balls of caramel sold near the bags of caramel squares. If you can’t find them, you can use caramel squares, or even Rolos.

The magic comes from the sweetened condensed milk: you pour it over the top of the bars before baking and it melts all the goodness together. You’ll notice in the recipe I call for fat-free sweetened condensed milk. It’s what I prefer, but you can use regular as well.

These are gooey, sweet, and they taste like Samoas! The perfect way to get your girl scout cookie fix…no matter what month it is!

Samoa Magic Bars | | A magic seven layer bar filled with the flavors of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies!

Oh, and these are, like, totally addicting. Beware!

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Samoa Magic Bars

Turn Magic Bars into SAMOAS! Samoa Girl Scout Cookies are my favorite: shortbread, chocolate, caramel, and coconut. These Samoa Magic Bars are just like Samoa Cookies, but in magic bar form. Plus they're super easy to make!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • 3/4 cup Kraft caramel bits (or about 18 square caramels, cut in half)

  • 1 can (14 ounces) regular or fat-free sweetened condensed milk


  1. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. The foil is optional, but helps aid in removing these from the pan.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  3. Beat butter in a stand mixer until smooth. Mix in flour, sugar, and salt. Beat until the mixture is crumbly. It’s done mixing when you can press it together between your fingers and it sticks together. (You can use a hand mixer but it will take a really long time to come together, FYI.)

  4. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove hot crust from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut, and caramels. (Note: if you can’t find caramels or caramel bits, you can use Rolos or Caramel Hershey’s Kisses, chopped.)

  6. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden around the edges. Cool completely before cutting.

  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. These can be frozen in a single layer in a resealable plastic bag or plastic container.

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  1. These sound absolutely yummy! And by the way, I paid $5 for 1 box of GS cookies this year!!!
    xoxo, Mom

  2. Bahahaa we totally had a freezer full of girl scout cookies!!! So we had them all year long (and to help me reach my tiers :P)

    LOVE Samoas so I loooove these delish bars!

  3. Samoas are by FAR the best GS cookie! I have to make these!!!

  4. Each box of GS cookies is ONE serving. Fact.

    I wish I had a freezer full of GS cookies. I can never find a Girl Scout around Midtown, Atlanta. That is what I get for living in a high-rise with zero children. So luckily I have you! And now I can make my own!

  5. They’re gorgeous! I love Samoas. AND Magic Bars. Cannot think of a better pairing! Pinned 🙂

  6. LOVE! I just had a magic bar fail 🙁

  7. I always treat myself to one box of cookies a year. $4.50 though, yikes!! I haven’t seen any sellers out and about this year. These bars will do the trick for me. They look amazing and Samoas are my favorite.

  8. They will (and should!) always be “Samoas” to me. Regardless of whatever shenanigans the Girl Scout Cookie Naming Department decides to call them. 😉 They were my favorite cookie flavor growing up, even more than Tagalongs and Thin Mints, and I didn’t even like coconut, outside of those cookies! I only joined Girl Scouts for two years in elementary school, just to go to Camporee. (My family was big on camping; we went twice each summer.) I actually refused to sell cookies one year, and I got in big trouble from my Troop leaders… So I quit and my mom formed her own Troop where we didn’t have to sell any and just went rock climbing and camping instead. Much better!

  9. These look so delicious! I love sama GS cookies and magic bars are the best, I will defiantly be making these! Pinning 🙂

  10. “Mom”, I just want you to know that here in Reno, Girl Scouts are selling the cookies for $4.00 per box. Come on up! And Dorothy, those look delicious!

  11. Ok ok ok. Samoas (and Thin Mints!) are the best Girl Scout cookies. Which means that this is one of the best magic bar ideas I’ve ever seen. Sooooo good. I want a huge piece right now. Pinning!

  12. These look so good, so do those awesome Girl Scout cookies. I wish I wasn’t allergic to coconut. Grrr.

  13. Always caramel delights for me growing up! I love the idea of these magic bars and thanks for linking up to my cookie cups!

  14. THANK YOU!!!!! We don’t have any girl scouts in our area, and there aren’tany hanging out in front of the grocery store, either! Where have they all gone? All I know is I’ve been really needing some Samoa cookies……and now I can make them! You ROCK! Thanks!

  15. Ahhh these bars look sooo good!! Can’t wait to try them!

  16. Mortgage or cookies? Hmm…cookies! I like the fact that I don’t need to wait for a Girl Scout to come knocking at my door before I can make these. Love that gooey top! Pinned.

  17. It will always be Samoas to me…even though I dodge every single girl scout I see. No way am I paying over $4 a box for one serving of cookies. Especially not when I can make a big pan of these yummy gooey bars that taste just as good…actually better!!

  18. Feeling your pain with selling GS cookies. I’m cookie mom again this year, I love doing that for my daugther, but tomorrow I will be buried beneath 1,000 boxes of cookies in my dining room. 🙂

  19. These bars look wonderful! I love that you made a completely from scratch version. I was in Girl Scouts for a really long time when I was younger and they were always Samoas. I got on their website a few weeks ago to see which cookies I wanted and saw that they go by both Samoas and Caramel DeLites. Not sure what the point of that is, haha. 🙂

    • It must be by region or something. Why? I don’t know!!

      • It depends on what bakery they are baked at! One bakery makes Tagalongs and Samoas while the other makes Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel DeLites! They are actually different cookies believe it or not. Samoas have dark chocolate 🙂

  20. You are so right about the price of the cookies! I pay that much only for GS cookies. And I can totally kill a box of Samoas by myself in one sitting. I love these bars and that they don’t actually use the cookies – samoas all year long!! Pinning!

  21. Pretty sure that these bars taste better than GS cookies! Can’t go wrong pouring sweetened condensed milk over chocolate, coconut, and caramel!

  22. LOVE these Dorothy! I am game for any and ALL magic bars! Pinned and sharing on FB 🙂

  23. Wow! These look fabulous! I love samoa’s!

  24. I have a hard time paying for GS cookies too. So expensive. Love that these magic bars taste like my favorite cookie, and make more for the money too 🙂

  25. Oooooo samoas are my favorite!!! I normally buy at least a box and then freeze it…. that box doesn’t last long so this recipe will definitely come in handy!

  26. ohemgee. I need these NOWWWWWW! You are officially the queen of all things coconutty!

  27. Samoa is my favorite GS cookie. These bars are amazing and I am so glad no samoa cookies come in harm here 🙂

  28. How long do these take to make? They look so good, I want to make them today but I don’t have much time. ANyone know?

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  30. Oh my goodness, these look amazing Dorothy! Samoas are my favorite GS cookies and I am so glad I can enjoy them anytime I have the craving now without having to dish out over $4 for a box. Love these and can’t wait to try them – pinned:)

  31. Hi! I just made these today. I’ve been thinking of them ever since u posted them. They turned out quite nice! And I loved how the kitchen smelled when it was baking. 🙂 t c dorothy

  32. These bars look amazing! Samoa is my favorite Girl Scout cookie so these are right up my alley. I’ve tried both the Samoa and Caramel De-Lites, I definitely prefer the Samoa cookie. I feel that it is richer, has more sticky caramel and coconut, and generally tastier than its counterpart.

  33. Samoas are my hubby’s favorite! Definitely need to make these for him. Thanks!

  34. Anything with Samoas is an A+ in my book! Can’t wait to make these!

  35. I wish a box was a serving! It’s probably more like 1/3 a cookie is a serving 🙂

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  37. I’m going to have to stop reading your blog before breakfast. You’re a dangerous one, I swear! And since a full case of Girl Scout Samoa cookies is never enough, I definitely have to make these magic bars, mmm.

  38. These are so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I actually made them twice this weekend. The first time, I couldn’t find caramel nibs, so I just grabbed a jar of caramel ice cream topping. Worked all right, tasted well, but they are super messy. The second time, I just happened to find the carmal nibs in the candy aisle of the grocery store. These are much prettier as they hold up better. Absolutely delicious!

  39. So I thought “regular” in the ingredients meant u could use regular milk not sweetened condensed. It really was not clear, so now the bars are a complete failure.

    • I meant regular sweetened condensed milk – it’s more mainstream. I use fat-free scm for most of my recipes because of habit, but some people have trouble finding it. I’m sorry you were confused!

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  47. FYI, they don’t change the names of girl scout cookies. There are 2 baking companies used by the girl scouts, and each one uses different names. The distribution is regional and that has changed from time to time…so some people live in areas where they’ve seen both names. I’ve known this for decades, as a former girl scout. Mystery solved. 🙂

  48. Like Monica said: the difference in the names is due to the distributing bakers. 

    Also: the main difference in taste between Samoas and Caramel deLites is the chocolate! Samoas use dark chocolate and Caramel deLites use milk chocolate! 

  49. Don’t forget to add the coconut!

  50. Don’t forget to add coconut!

  51. I’m not big on semi sweet or milk chocolate so I’m going to try either dark chocolate or german chocolate with these bad boys! Thanks for the tres magnifique recipes

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