Samoas Cupcakes

Prep 30 mins
Cook 22 mins
Total 52 mins

Samoas Cupcakes are the best way to enjoy a classic Girl Scout cookie in cupcake form! These chocolate and coconut cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream frosting are out-of-this-world delicious.

A Collage of Three Images of Chocolate Sauce Being Drizzled Over a Frosted Samoas Cupcake

Samoas Cupcakes

I know many girls who were in Girl Scouts from kindergarten all the way till they turned 18. I, however, was never a “lifer”. Honestly, I seemed to fall in and out of Girl Scouts. I kind of remember joining when I was really young…but mostly all I remember was the girl I sat next to couldn’t eat eggs…so I ended up getting to have her snack as well as mine (Score!). But then I stopped going, or my Mom got lazy and stopped taking me, or they stopped serving good snacks. I’m not sure which happened…but the third option is the most likely of the scenarios.

A Single Samoas Cupcake with Flaked Coconut, Homemade Chocolate Sauce and Caramel Frosting on Top

Then right before starting high school, one of my best friends, Jessica, asked me if I wanted to come to her Girl Scout troop. And I remember thinking…crap, I know I am going to say yes, but what a hell of a way to guarantee not being popular! However when I showed up to the meeting there was only one other girl. And you will never guess her name…Jessica. So we had Jessica W (me), Jessica P, and Jessica B. And our troop leader was Mrs. Tony (who was married to a man named Kelly, but that’s a story for another time). And while, we never talked about Girl Scouts at school, it was one of the funnest things to be involved in.

So when the Girl Scouts started selling all their cookies this year, Jorge and I of course had to buy a couple boxes. We got the Trefoils and the Thin Mints, which are my usual favorites, but we also picked up a box of Samoas. And when the box ran out, I decided I had to make them into some kind of cupcake. So here we are, a delicious Chocolate and Coconut Cake, topped with my all time favorite Salted Caramel Buttercream and then drizzled with homemade Chocolate Sauce and sprinkled with coconut!

A Samoas Cupcake Topped with Buttercream, Chocolate Sauce and Coconut Flakes

Yield: 24

Samoas Cupcakes

A Caramel Buttercream-Frosted Chocolate Cupcake with Homemade Chocolate Sauce Being Drizzled on Top

Samoas Cupcakes are the best way to enjoy a classic Girl Scout cookie in cupcake form! These chocolate and coconut cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream frosting are out-of-this-world delicious.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes


For the Chocolate & Coconut Cupcakes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Salted Caramel Buttercream

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup caramel topping; plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Homemade Chocolate Syrup

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • a pinch of salt
  • a splash of vanilla extract


For the cupcakes

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and coconut extract; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Gently fold in shredded Coconut.
  3. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Fill cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes.

For the buttercream

  1. Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well.
  2. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more caramel syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.

For the chocolate syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together sugar and cocoa powder until most of the lumps are gone. Add water and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes, until thickened, continuing to stir frequently. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes, then add vanilla extract. Store in air tight container in the fridge.


Cupcake adapted from: Hersheys

Frosting adapted from: My Baking Addiction

Syrup adapted from: 52 Kitchen Adventures

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 559Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 96gFiber: 3gSugar: 44gProtein: 8g

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A Caramel Buttercream-Frosted Chocolate Cupcake with Homemade Chocolate Sauce Being Drizzled on Top

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36 Responses
  1. Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden

    Your Samoas Cupcakes look gorgeous, and I’m sure that they taste great. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  2. Duckface McGee

    These look great, but how did you get the straight up and down shape? do you have a cupcake tin with vertical sides?

  3. Jacqueline @ Spice Is NIce

    Quick question – when you say caramel topping, do you mean the kind you’d put on ice cream, or is this something you make yourself, or am I missing it all together? I’m going to make these for a friend’s birthday and I want to make sure I do it right!

  4. raissa

    Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I cant wait to try these!

    However, I cant seem to find coconut extract. I tried looking for it for another cupcake recipe I made but had to improvise with toasted coconut as garnish instead. What do you suggest as a substitute for coconut extract. Thanks!

    1. Jessica

      Oh that stinks! I have seen Coconut Extract at Publix, Target, and even Walmart. I would also suggest checking But if you really don’t want to go through the trouble, you can swap the coconut extract for Vanilla. It won’t have the same effect, but it will still taste good! 🙂

  5. Caitlin

    Yum! Samoas are my absolute favorite Girl Scout Cookie of all time. I tried making a Samoa-like cookie/bar thing a few years ago, but wasn’t psyched with the results. I’m definitely saving this recipe. Thanks!

  6. Leah (So, How's It Taste?)

    I made these last night and they are now my favorite cupcake of all time. It really should be illegal how good they are. I brought a few to work (the full batch is for a charity) and they received RAVE reviews. I’ll be making these again and again!

  7. Andi

    these are out of this world! I made 2 dozen full sized cupcakes and 2 dozen mini cupcakes. As an added treat, in the full sized ones, I filled them with super thick caramel topping.

    I think I have found Nirvana with these cupcakes!

  8. christina

    what about a thin mint cupcake if you come up with one please let me know because i would be in heaven this cupcake to just made my day!

    1. Jessica

      I have made chocolate mint cupcakes before…and they were delicious! But they were peppermint and I am not sure about how I would transform those into the thin mint flavor….

      …but now you have my mind working on that! LOL 😀

  9. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen

    These look SO GOOD. I adore Samoas, and I like salted caramel even more. Usually I give my baked goods away, but I think if I made these I’d be keeping them all for me!

  10. Medifast Coupon Code 2011

    These are some great sounding cupcakes, going to be fun making these with the kids. Wonder how much sauce we will have licked out of the bowl before it is dribbled onto the cupcakes 🙂

  11. Laura

    I love the idea of these cupcakes! Once my cookie boxes have all been plowed through, (it shouldn’t take much longer) I will be making these. They look fabulous!

  12. mom

    Hey! I’m the lucky Mom that attended all of your camp outs and field trips! Lazy I think not!

    BTW, when are you going to come and bring Oscar his treats and me mine????
    Love and miss you so very much!

  13. Lindsey @ Our Share of the Harvest

    YUM! What a cool reinvention of samoas flavors! Definitely bookmarking this one 🙂

  14. Paula

    You may be my new hero! Samoas are my FAVORITE. And I cannot imagine anything better than combining two of my loves – Samoas & cupcakes!

  15. Joanne

    I was definitely a troop hopper when I was young. My mom kept getting irritated with the other moms and then she would make me switch. I’m not kidding.

    I didn’t love coconut back then as much as I do now, but these sound absolutely delicious to me! coconut chocolate is a pair not to be messed with.

  16. Leah (So, How's It Taste?)

    Wowza! You have outdone yourself with this one! Samoas and Thin Mints are my favorite. I’m seriously thinking about heading to the grocery store now so I can make these right this instant!

  17. DeAnna

    I just licked my screen.

    When I sold girl scout cookies, I was quite young and didn’t understand the concept of money. Soooo, I traded my cookies for crayons, pencils, ribbons, etc. I believe I have blocked out my parents’ reactions.

  18. Molly

    I think I might skip the cupcake and go straight to the salted caramel frosting. Totally drooling at my desk and work and can’t wait to get home so I can make these.

  19. Evan Thomas

    These are such a great idea. I’m not a fan of cookies but cupcakes are always welcomed, and these flavors are perfect.

  20. Happy When Not Hungry

    Wow my mouth is watering! I was never a Girl Scout, but love their cookies especially the Samoas. Definitely need to try these cupcakes!

  21. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    I am absolutely crazy about cupcakes in any form – sweet and savoury. I love individual portions.
    🙂 Mandy

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