Chewy coconut samoa cookies are a delicious treat that everyone can enjoy! These are made with simple, wholesome ingredients – your family will love these no-bake cookies!
Do you miss being able to order Girl Scout Cookies? When we first were diagnosed with food allergies, I did miss Girl Scout Cookies. Not that I would order them a lot, but I did like to have a box of Thin Mints or Samoas from time to time.
I think it was more about the experience than the taste. It was just fun to see the brightly colored boxes being sold in front of the stores and pick up a box or two.
Upon thinking about it, I realized that I could probably make a more delicious version of a lot of these cookies. I started out with homemade gluten free thin mints, and then I moved on to these chewy, caramel, coconutty samoas.
These samoa cookies are made from date caramel (Medjool dates blended with a little water and a bit of salt), toasted coconut, and chocolate chips. To keep these grain free and no-bake, I didn’t include the butter cookie.
These are so good, and they’re free of the top allergens and don’t require any baking. It doesn’t get any better than that.
- Medjool Dates – There are many brands of dates, and each company has different policies and procedures. Many dates are produced in the same facility as tree nuts or peanuts. Every family has different comfort levels, so please read labels carefully and find a brand that works for you.
- SunDate is a date-only facility as of the last time I checked. You can find SunDate brand dates at a variety of grocery stores.
- Made in Nature is a brand that is produced in a fruit only facility and has a detailed allergen statement on their website. They do not carry Medjool dates, but they do carry Deglet Noor dates which will also work well.
Step by Step Instructions
- Prepare your ingredients – pit the dates, and if your dates are dry, soak in warm water to soften.
- Make the date caramel in the food processor with a little water and a pinch of salt. Stir in the toasted coconut. Form the mixture into patties and poke a hole in the middle, then chill in the freezer for one hour.
- After the date and coconut patties are chilled, melt the dairy free chocolate. You can do this in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
- Dip the bottoms of the chilled cookies in the melted chocolate and place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Drizzle more melted chocolate on top of each cookie.
- Place the chilled cookies in the refrigerator so that the chocolate firms up. Enjoy!
Store leftover cookies in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for about 5 days. You can also store these in the freezer in a freezer safe bag or container. They should stay fresh frozen for up to 3 months.
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No-Bake Samoa Cookies (Grain Free, Vegan).
Crispy coconut, chewy date caramel, and rich chocolate make these grain free samoa cookies a delicious no bake treat!
If your dates are a bit dry, place them in warm water for a few minutes to soften them before proceeding.
Place the pitted Medjool dates in the food processor. Add the pinch of salt and a little water. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and add a little more water if needed.
Add the toasted coconut and stir with a spoon.
Place the cookies in the freezer for about one hour.
After the cookies have chilled, melt the dairy free chocolate chips either in the microwave or on the stove.
Dip the chilled cookies in the melted chocolate, coating the bottom with chocolate. Place on the cookie sheet again.
Drizzle the tops of the cookies with the remaining chocolate. (You can use a spoon for this, or put the chocolate into a ziploc bag with the tip cut off, and then pipe the chocolate over the cookies).
Place the tray of finished cookies in the refrigerator so that the chocolate firms up. Store leftover cookies in the refrigerator.
*If the coconut flakes are not toasted, you can toast them by placing them on a cookie sheet and baking them at 300 degrees F for about 5 minutes. Don’t wander too far off, they can easily burn. They are done when they are fragrant and lightly golden brown.
Store leftover cookies in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for about 5 days. You can also store these in the freezer. They should stay fresh frozen for up to 3 months.