Day 9: It’s a Secret No One Knows

This is a delayed blog for Day 9, since Jim’s computer went kablooey (imminent hard drive failure). Until he has a chance to fix it, I’ll have to blog from my work laptop, which isn’t exactly ideal. But the dish I made last night is too good not to be talked about!!

I knew that I wanted to make some kind of baked goods for my kickball game on Thursday, since I owe a friend for donating to my cause. I had to buy a bag of coconut flakes for another dish I’m making later this week, so I started thinking about what else I could use the coconut for. Immediately, my favorite Girl Scout cookie popped into my mind… Samoas (also known as Caramel De-Lites). These are my favorite cookies ever — I buy multiple boxes from the girls in green, but they never last long. So I started googling around to see if I could replicate them at home, and found a recipe for Samoa Bars!

Daily Achievement

These cookie bars were fairly time-consuming, because there were a lot of steps. First, I made the base, which was a shortbread recipe. The raw dough for this was so delicious, I think I consumed a pound of it during the cooking process!

While the base baked for 20 minutes, I worked on toasting the coconut. Toasting the coconut was a lot easier than I thought it’d be; I just dumped it in a dry skillet and stirred it around on medium heat until the coconut turned somewhat golden-brown.

While that cooled, I made a semi-homemade caramel sauce by melting caramels (wrapping each caramel was pretty much the most annoying part of the whole process) with milk and a bit of salt. I dumped the coconut into the caramel sauce and smeared it all over the cookie base.

Finally, I melted semi-sweet chocolate chips, put the chocolate into a ziploc bag w/ the corner cut out, and piped chocolate all over the top. The final step is to dip the bottoms of the bar in more melted chocolate, but I’ll probably wait until later to do that, since these bars won’t be consumed until Thursday.

I only tried a small piece of the bars, but they tasted pretty good! I think the shortbread base is a little too thick compared to the caramel topping, but maybe dipping them in chocolate will alleviate that problem. They’re definitely not exactly like the real Samoa cookies, but they’re a great substitute until the real thing starts arriving!

Song of the Day
Hanson – MMMBop. I’m concluding ’90s weekend with one of the biggest singles of 1997. Back in the day, I was a huge, insane Hanson fan. I was convinced I was going to marry Taylor (thank God I didn’t, because I’d have like 6 kids by now). I had all the CDs, DVDs, went to the concerts, etc. MMMbop was actually never my favorite song of theirs, but it’s definitely iconic, and watching the video instantly takes me back to being 15-16 yrs old. Hanson is still around, and they’ve matured into talented musicians and songwriters, so I’m sure some of their more current stuff will be featured in this space sooner or later. But for now, enjoy the mmmbop!