This No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Caramel cookies recipe is our version of a Samoa girl scout cookie!
Our copy cat Samoa cookie recipe will get you through the long months when girl scout cookies are out of season. While they don't look exactly the same, they taste so similar and are pretty darn addicting and delicious!
No-bake cookies are kinda our thing because they take little time to prepare but always make a huge impression. If you love no bake cookies too, be sure to try our copy cat thin mint Girl Scout cookie recipe, and our lemon and lime coolers no bake cookie recipe, we know you'll love them!
Plus, let's face it, who wants to turn on the oven when it's hot outside? No bake cookie recipes like this one allow you to make cookies without heating up the kitchen!
Let's talk about the key ingredients in this recipe.
Merckens chocolate melts
You might be tempted to pick up a bag of chocolate chips from the grocery store but they're not suitable for this recipe as they won't set up properly once melted. We strongly recommend using Merckens chocolate melts for this recipe, not only because they taste delicious but because they're easy to melt and work with.
Merckens block caramel
Don't waste time with the little individually wrapped caramels from the grocery store, who has time to do all that unwrapping? Plus, Merckens vanilla caramel has a creamier taste that you're sure to fall in love with!
Even the biggest non coconut fans tend to love our desiccated coconut! It has a mild flavor and it's has a fine texture that isn't overwhelming.
Questions you may have:Can I use a different type of coconut for this recipe?
Sure you can! We prefer desiccated coconut because it's not overly sweet and has a fine texture, but feel free to experiment (we just recommend you use coconut with a fine or shredded texture.)
Can I use a different type of caramel or caramel from a jar?
We recommend Merckens block caramel for this recipe. We don't recommend using caramel syrup, or caramel from a jar, it's just not sturdy enough for this recipe. The caramel that's wrapped in little cubes also may not have the correct taste or consistency. We haven't tried this recipe with a different brand of caramel, so it would be hard saying if another brand would stick to the cookie well. We always encourage people to give their ideas a try though!
I don't like coconut, can I leave it out?
You can absolutely leave the coconut out, you'll just have caramel chocolate cookies, and those are equally delicious!
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Caramel Cookies Recipe
Copy Cat Samoa Girl Scout Cookie Recipe
1 Lb Merckens Vanilla Caramel
1 Lb Merckens Dark Candy Coatings
1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut (plus extra for sprinkling)
1 Box Vanilla Cookie Wafers
Dipping fork tool
Silicone parchment liners
Cookie /jelly roll sheet pan
Break off quarter size pieces of Merckens caramel and stick it on top of a vanilla cookie wafer. Do this to all of the cookies and set them aside.
Melt 1 pound of dark chocolate candy confectionery coatings in a microwave-safe bowl. See melting instructions for Merckens here.
Once candy coatings are completely melted, add a 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut to the melted coatings. Stir well.
Dip caramel topped vanilla cookie wafers into the chocolate coconut mixture, coating the cookies completely. Place on a cookie sheet lined with a parchment sheet pan liner.
While chocolate is still wet, top cookies with more desiccated coconut (it just looks so pretty!).
Once all the cookies are dipped and sprinkled, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the candy coating has set up and hardened.
This recipe uses almost an entire box of vanilla wafer cookies.