Baked Samoa Donuts: Girl Scout Goodness

Megan Myers | Stetted

Baked Samoa Donuts are pure Saturday morning decadence. Keep Girl Scout cookie season going all year long with these indulgent donuts.

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I have fond memories of Girl Scouts. I was a member through elementary school, and cookie season was of course the highlight of the year, right above the summer camp those cookie dollars paid for.

Back then, selling cookies meant having your parents take the order form to work or smiling your way through a sales pitch to the neighbors. When the cookies came, you delivered them, and you were done — no worries about selling the rest of your boxes in front of the drug store. Of course, as an adult it’s hard to resist the temptation of those cheerful boxes.

Cookie season starts earlier and earlier here in Texas, popping up just after you’ve decided your New Year’s resolutions aren’t worth all the trouble, and done before spring break begins. When I was a kid we got around the short season by buying cases of cookies and freezing them. These days? I just figure out how to get those flavors in my own kitchen.

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These donuts were born of my late-night mind wanderings. You know, that time when you are trying to fall asleep, but instead have approximately one billion of your very best ideas. Usually those are forgotten by the time morning rears its head, but these Baked Samoa Donuts were such a good idea that I immediately picked up the few ingredients I needed.

Samoas, or Caramel Delights, are my mother’s favorite Girl Scout cookie. I didn’t like them for a long time because as a child I thought coconut was weird, but over the years I warmed up to them and look forward to that yearly cookie box.

While the donut batter is simple, it and the chocolate combined with the homemade butterscotch and toasted coconut make an outstanding and deceptively simple breakfast treat.

This recipe uses a donut pan, and if you don’t have one, you can turn these into Samoa Muffins instead. Make sure to grease your pan well; I have the best luck with the flour-added kind of spray. I also used turbinado sugar for the donuts, but brown sugar works just fine.

Love that chocolate and coconut combo? Don't miss our Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and Aimee's chocolate coconut truffles too.

    6 Servings

Ingredients

For the Donuts:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 large egg
For the Butterscotch:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Layer:
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, 60%
For Topping:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and grease donut pan. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk in milk and egg, mixing until just combined. Fill each cup about 2/3 full. Bake for 8 minutes. Flip donuts onto a rack and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cream and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Increase heat slightly and bring the mixture to a light boil. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in vanilla and remove from heat. Let cool until ready to use. (This can be done ahead of time and stored in the fridge.)
  4. Toast coconut by pouring it into a dry skillet over medium heat and stirring often, until it is nicely browned. Set aside until ready to use.
  5. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  6. Dip bottom of donut in chocolate and use a spoon to cover bottom as needed. Set chocolate-side up onto a wire rack or a lined plate. Repeat with remaining donuts.
  7. Set the rack or plate into the freezer for 5-10 minutes, until chocolate is hardened.
  8. Dip tops of donut into butterscotch sauce, and set back onto rack or plate. Sprinkle coconut on donuts, then, using a fork, drizzle remaining melted chocolate over the tops in lines. Let toppings firm up in the fridge, or enjoy at room temperature.

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Megan is known for her commitment to eating local, fresh food and leading a well-fed life, as documented on her blog, Stetted. Around these parts, though, she's known for her commitment to phenomenal breakfast recipes.

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Holy goodness is right! These look downright delicious!

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