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Samoas Bark


How did the Girl Scout cookie selling season come and go without us even knowing it?!?! Usually we can sniff a Girl Scout selling cookies from 2 states away but nary a knock on the door for us this year and those sly scouts seemed to have abandoned their posts outside the grocery store. Drats!

Like we said, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!?!

Now we are going to have to buy our cookies on the black market for like $5 a box rather than $4 a box. Wait, is there a black market for Girl Scout cookies? There should be. Or there should be a store that sells the cookies all the time. Like, maybe, a grocery store? WHY CAN'T THEY JUST SELL THE COOKIES IN THE GROCERY STORE?!?! 

Ok. Forgive us, it's our anger and bitterness talking. We love the Girl Scouts. We used to be Girl Scouts. (Though, the cookies were $1.50 a box back then. Yes. We are that old.) Girl power. Always be prepared. Or something like that. 

Anyhoo. The real issue here is: what are we bakers to do then without a bounty of Thin Mints and Tagalongs and Samoas to gorge on right before bathing suit season?!?!

Replicate the flavor of one of our favs in chocolate bark form obviously!! 

Thanks to the brilliant Baker Royale (again, we love you, again) we sort of kind of not really but still totally amazingly have the chocolatey-coconuty-cookie-ish taste sensation to binge on. YAY!! Shady black market deals avoided, btw. 

Samoas Bark
Serves 6-8
Adapted from Bakers Royale 

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For the Bark:
11 1/2 ounces bag dark or semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup coarsely crushed shortbread cookies
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted
1 cup caramel sauce (recipe below)

For the Caramel Sauce:
1 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
7 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

First make the caramel sauce. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan dissolve the sugar and water over medium-low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved then increase the heat to high. Every so often swirl the pot to keep the mixture moving. It will start bubbling. Once it has darkened to a medium amber color, remove from the heat and immediately add the butter and cream to the pan (it will bubble up a lot) and whisk violently until combined and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.

To make/assemble the bark, line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper leaving some overhang to pull the bark out with. Blitz the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments stirring after 1 1/2 minutes and watching carefully until melted and smooth (do NOT overheat...stir to make sure you really still need to melt the chocolate further, sometimes the residual heat will melt any lumps you do see). Pour half the chocolate into the pan and spread or tip to smooth. Sprinkle some or all of the shortbread over the chocolate and press gently down. Transfer to the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden. Then remove from the freezer and pour the caramel sauce on top spreading until an even layer. Sprinkle with coconut and press into the caramel gently. Return the pan to the freezer to harden further for 5-10 minutes. Remove from freezer and top with the remaining chocolate. drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with coconut. Harden further in the fridge but bring the bark more to room temperature before cutting with a sharp knife so it doesn't splinter. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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Reader Comments (12)

This looks sinfully delicious! Usually bark looks a little plain for my liking, but anything with caramel in the middle pretty much works for me! Bookmarking!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam @ overtimecook

Yes, yes, I will be making this!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

This sounds so yummy!! Love this idea. The caramel sauce looks dreamy.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Hey guys, this looks awesome! And I was lucky this year-I have a co -worker whose daughter sells them, so I LOADED on them. If we were neighbors I would leave you some on your doorstep. :)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

ohh so yummy!! Girl guide cookies are bad news in my house... delicious delicious bad news. But (for research purposes of course) I'll have to make this bark, just to see if they are just like the yummy cookies ;)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiving The Sweet Life

If I could dream up the perfect bark, I think this would be it! Wow! I'm drooling :)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Forget the girl scouts and their cookies... this bark looks fantastic!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel @ Baked by Rachel! Samoas are my most favorite. This looks magnificent!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

I totally missed girl scout cookie season too :( Not a single knock on the door, email or anything alerting me to sales. Love this bark to replace my beloved cookies!

Haha, I can just imagine people selling Girl Scout cookies in alleys or something. :)

Love this! I'm a Samoas junkie!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Hahaha that article was pretty funny! Im going to make this and eat so much of it I will need to be rolled to the store only to get more ingredients, for more, of this...

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Wright

And did God himself concoct this recipe?

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Wright

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