Monday, May 7, 2012

Dairy Free: Homemade Samoas (Girl Scout Cookies)

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Oh man. I am just gonna say it. These were amazing. You have to try these.
So, when I returned home from SNAP, the first thing my daughters wanted to do was make cookies. Cookie-making in our house is a little different these days, now that we've confirmed that baby brother is allergic to dairy. (I'm doing a post all about that, coming soon)! I love coming up with cookies that he loves!

I just looked up a normal recipe online, then substituted the dairy ingredients, and these were seriously divine! (ex- shortening instead of butter, cocoa powder and coconut oil instead of chocolate chips)


Shortbread Cookies
1 cup shortening
2 TB coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2+ cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Coconut Caramel Topping
1 can (13.5oz) coconut milk
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg shredded coconut

Chocolate Glaze
5 TB coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2+ cup powdered sugar

Shortbread Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream together: shortening, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla.
3. Add 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Don't overmix. Add additional flour if needed.
4. Roll out the dough, and cut circle shapes with a cookie cutter or glass drinking cup.
5. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes.

Coconut Caramel Topping
1. Mix coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt in a saucepan, and bring to a gently boil. 
2. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
2. Uncover and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. (It will thicken to a caramel sauce).
3. Remove from heat, and add vanilla and coconut.

Chocolate Glaze
1. Mix the cocoa powder and coconut oil in a glass bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in the powdered sugar until it tastes sweet, and is drizzly.
*There will be a little trial and error with this process, just keep playing until it tastes and looks right!

1. Once shortbread cookies are cool, place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
2. Top them with the coconut caramel topping.
3. Dip them in the chocolate glaze, to cover the bottom.
4. Drizzle the chocolate glaze over the top. (I used a fork).
5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up.

appx 3 dozen

Here's a few pictures:
the coconut milk and coconut oil I used

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  1. I'm a samoa fan to the end. These look scrumptious!

  2. I love the homemade ones almost more than the ones from the GS's. They are so much work but they are totally worth it! Your version looks delish!

  3. I love the homemade ones almost more than the ones from the GS's. They are so much work but they are totally worth it! Your version looks delish!

  4. these look awesome!!!
    love the dairy free! It's nice to not have to experiment with changes myself to get a great sweets recipe :)

  5. Yummy! Those look amazing, too bad I'm trying to be good and stay away from sweets. These might just be worth breaking my diet over ;-)

  6. These do sound so good~ Thanks for sharing!

  7. My husband is allergic to dairy, so I have been cooking dairy free for over 6 years. Love that you included the changes in this. Coconut is always a good route to go with dairy substitutes as it is more fatty than rice milk or soy. They do have multiple chocolate chips that are dairy free, ie Ghiradellis. And I have grown to like these much better than milk chocolate ones. :-)

  8. Yum! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  9. These look so yummy! Samoas are so delicious. We can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope to see you back next week! -The Sisters

  10. Mmm I love samoas... I need to try these! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

  11. These look amazing! My son is milk allergic. I am so excited to have a recipe for Samoas!

  12. oh those look good, and no dairy, how neat what you can use instead.


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