Girl Scout Cookie Trauma

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samoa biscotti


My 9-year-old self dreaded the start of Girl Scout cookie season. While my friends skipped up the steps to ring each doorbell, I hid in my room, counting down the days until Camporee in May. As an introvert, I much preferred roasting marshmallows and staring at the stars to knocking on strangers’ doors and selling them sugary sweets!


But I still enjoyed eating the cookies, so my mom usually bought enough boxes for our family and friends to prevent my troop leader from frowning when I turned in my nearly blank sales sheet. My favorites were the samoas, closely followed by tag-alongs and thin mints. What’s not to love about chocolate cookies coupled with caramel, peanut butter, or mint??  


This year, not a single Girl Scout rang my doorbell, so I resulted to baking my own instead. It’s probably a good thing I made my version healthier—I couldn’t stop eating these sweet samoa biscotti!


samoa biscotti


Samoa Biscotti

Yield: 12 biscotti

Serving Size: 1 biscotti

Samoa Biscotti

modified from DAMY’s recipe

These are a great breakfast, snack, or even dessert! Drizzle with caramel too for an even better variation on the Girl Scout cookies.

½ c coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp margarine
¼ c honey
2 tbsp skim milk
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 tiny lemon)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
3 tbsp shredded coconut
2 tbsp Hershey’s chocolate-flavored syrup

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and lightly coat an 8x4” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together the margarine and honey until thoroughly combined. Add the milk and next 6 ingredients (through shredded coconut), stirring well. Mix in the coconut flour mixture, smearing any clumps against the side of the bowl.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cutting board.
  4. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Using a bread knife, cut the loaf diagonally into approximately ¾” slices. Stand the slices up on the parchment paper, and bake at 350° for another 15-20 minutes or until the insides begin to harden. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, drizzle with the chocolate syrup.

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samoa biscotti


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  1. Andrea @ Mrs Webb in the Kitchen says on March 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Mmm! These are gluten free, I see! And sound amazing! Samoas were one of my top choices, always! :)

    • Andrea @ Mrs Webb in the Kitchen says on March 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Just noticed how little flour is in this- does it make an extra small loaf?

      • foods for the soul says on March 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        Not at all; the loaf is normal-sized! Coconut flour is pretty different than regular all-purpose flour. It’s really absorbant, so most recipes use about 1/3 cup coconut flour for every 1 cup of all-purpose.

        Glad to hear I’m not the only one who loved samoas over thin mints! Most people look at me like I’m crazy when I say that…

        • Andrea @ mrs Webb in the kitchen says on March 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

          Aha! Something I did not know at all! Good thing I didn’t try and sub all purpose… I’ll have to try out that flour sometime!

          • foods for the soul says on March 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

            It’s the only flour that I know of with such different properties. But most gluten-free flours do require a little extra liquid, just not as much as the coconut flour!

  2. Norah says on March 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

    This looks sooo delicious and a step up from the regular girl scout cookies! It reminds me of my days when I used to be a girl scout :-)

    • foods for the soul says on March 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you! What was your favorite part of Girl Scouts? I really enjoyed Camporee and all of the little crafts we got to do! At my first-ever meeting, we painted a small wooden board to look like an aquarium or ocean scene. It’s probably still somewhere up in my parents’ attic!

  3. sonya says on March 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    these look good! we don’t have samoas in singapore – but as a girl guide I was also more interested in eating than in the selling. I loved the chocolate mint ones though!

    • foods for the soul says on March 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Mmm, yes the Thin Mints were delicious! Samoas are now called Caramel deLites; do they sell those in Singapore?

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