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Gluten Free Samoas Cookie Cups

Gluten free Samoas Cookie Cups are the best way to enjoy homemade Samoas! They’re full of chocolate, coconut and caramel flavor and will satisfy that Girl Scout Cookie craving.
Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

Gluten Free Samoas Cookie Cups

I’ve been planning on making some Samoas for a really long time. And by a really long time, I mean over a year. That’s basically an eternity since it’s pretty much the same length of time that Mackenzie has been around. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Surprise, surprise. Seems like that always happens.

Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

I wanted to wait to make them though until it was the right time of year, Girl Scout cookie time. So when all your friends and co-workers are enjoying their $5/box of 12 cookies, you can enjoy your gluten free version too!

Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

I originally planned on making these into a cookie bar for a really easy way to enjoy these but then Pinterest started exploding with recipes for Samoas Cookie Bars. Once again, I’m late to the party. And I really didn’t want to take the time to make individual cookies… all that rolling, cutting… too.

Plus, that’s really difficult to do with one hand seeing as I’m pretty much making everything with a one-year-old attached to my hip. So I decided on these Samoas Cookie Cups and I am SO glad I did!

Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

Not only are these pretty simple to make, they’re amazingly delicious. And they taste just like the real thing. There are a few steps to these since they’re layered and the layers need to cool before each new step. But trust me, it’s well worth the little bit of effort. Anything with shortbread, caramel, coconut and chocolate are worth any kind of wait.

Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

I was going to wait to share these with you until after St. Patrick’s Day because I wanted to share some corned beef recipes and Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread with you first. However, these trump corned beef and soda bread all day every day.

Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

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If you’re looking for more gluten free Girl Scout Cookie options, my friend Jessica from Bless Her Heart Ya’ll has some killer gluten-free thin mint cookies! I also used this cookie cup idea, combined them with my fudgy gluten free brownies, and made some epic Gluten Free Samoas Brownies. They are out of this world good! Enjoy!

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Samoas Cookie Cups from What The Fork Food Blog

Samoas Cookie Cups

5 from 7 ratings
Gluten free Samoas Cookie Cups are the best way to enjoy homemade Samoas! They’re full of chocolate, coconut and caramel flavor and will satisfy that Girl Scout Cookie craving.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
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  • 1 C gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 C powdered sugar
  • 8 Tbsp butter divided
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C shredded coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 25 Kraft caramels unwrapped
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 2 small mini muffin tins (or one large) with non-stick spray.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, the 6 tablespoons butter (cold and diced) and the vanilla extract. Pulse until the dough is combined and forms into a ball.
  • Transfer the dough evenly into the 24 prepared muffin cups and press into the bottom. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until they start to brown slightly around the edges. When the cookies come out of the oven, use a rounded measuring spoon press a well into the cookie crust. Cool completely before adding the toppings.
  • While the shortbread is cooling, toast the coconut in a skillet over low heat until slightly browned. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Unwrap the caramels and place them in a microwave safe glass bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the water. Heat the caramel for 1 minute and stir. Continue to heat at 20 second intervals until completely melted. Stir in the cooled coconut and evenly scoop the coconut/caramel mixture onto the cooled shortbread. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes or until the caramel is slightly soft and melted. Be careful not to let it burn!
  • When the caramel is softened, remove from the oven and use a spoon to pack the caramel mixture down onto the shortbread. Cool completely.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir well and continue to melt at 50% power for 20 second intervals until completely melted.
  • Dip the bottoms of each of the cooled cookies in the chocolate. Wipe excess chocolate off on the side of the bowl and set on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Once all of the cookies have been dipped, transfer the remaining chocolate into a resealable sandwich bag. Snip off tiny part of the corner of the bag and pipe onto the tops of the cookies. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set or until ready to serve.
  • Cookies are best served at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Life, Love and Sugar.


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  1. I LOVE Samoas! I’m featuring you on Savoring Saturdays this week. Can’t wait to see what you share!

  2. Raia says:

    Wow, those sound delicious! Thanks so much for sharing them over at Savoring Saturdays, Sharon! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up this week! 🙂

  3. Miz Helen says:

    5 stars
    What a great idea, yummy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  4. Karly says:

    Totally irresistible! I need about 17 of these! Incredibly delicious dinner idea! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  5. These look amazing! Samoas are my favorite GS cookie. Btw, did you change your blog layout? It looks really pretty!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks! I finally figured out how to get my logo to left-align. I’m getting a blog makeover next month though so it’ll be changing again 🙂

  6. Erlene says:

    Oh this is such a dangerous recipe to have 🙂 I’m going to see if my dd wants to help make these this weekend.

  7. Ashley says:

    Hello! Stopping by from the Weekend Wind Down link party. Your cookies look great and your photos make them look even better! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. swathi says:

    Looks very nice , I need to give a try for my daughter.

  9. Sharon says:

    lol yep! And you can hide them too and use them for bribery. “Maybe you can finish that project you started 4 weeks ago… there’s a brownie waiting for you when you’re done.” Brilliant!

  10. Juie says:

    These look amazing. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, these should have my husband wrapped around my little finger. I found you through What’s Cooking Wednesday. Thanks for the recipe!!

  11. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says:

    Every.single.time I come to your site, which is often …I drool. You have the most fantastic things! YUM!

  12. Joy says:

    Oo, girl, I could kiss you right now! Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie, but I haven’t bought them in a long time. I’ve been trying to cut wheat out of our diets since the doctors suspect both my husband and daughter to be sensitive to gluten. Looks like I’m getting my Samoas again. 🙂 Pinning!

  13. Giovanna says:

    EMERGENCY!! We are in temp housing and all our stuff is in storage including my food processor!! Ugh!! Wont’ see it until July..what was I thinking?! Any suggestions on how to improvise? I will burst if I can’t make these. Appreciate any help in alleviating the torture! THANKS!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Giovanna! You can use a stand mixer or handheld mixer and add the ingredients in and mix it that way until it forms a ball. It might not be as fast but will definitely work. If needed add a 1/2 tsp of water at a time to help form the dough better. Hope you enjoy them!

  14. <3 Samoas. I'm glad you went with the cups idea — these look delish!

  15. I’m glad you didn’t wait! These are incredible. Chocolate and caramel are where it’s at!!!

  16. hand me a girl scout cookie flavored anything and I’m happy, but these look out of this world delicious!

  17. These are seriously so, so amazing!! I love the GF version…I don’t think I’ve actually had a real Samoa in years because of the gluten, so this is a serious must-make-ASAP kinda recipe!!

  18. These look absolutely fabulous! Somoas are my favorite…can’t keep them in the house when we have them! Pinning and sharing!

  19. I can never get enough caramel and coconut in my life. These little Samoa cookie cups are adorable! And yes, cookies this good will always trump corned beef!!!

  20. I may or may not have just drooled all over my computer screen. Samoas cookies are pretty much my favorite EVER. We made them once, but they were a LOT of work. These cookie cups would be SO much easier. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Christie says:

    These sound absolutely amazing. I love that you made “cups” instead of bars.

  22. MMMM…I can never get enough of Samoa’s and these cookie cups are right up my alley!

  23. Samoas are my favorite of all the GS cookies. These look incredible!! PINNED 🙂