Girl Scout Cheesecake Time?

One of the entries that has come in for HHDD#10 Cheesecake used a Girl Scout Cookie crust…and it got me thinking. Now, I would never use my Girl Scout cookies in that way simply because we don’t have leftovers…just ask my super tight jeans. But I was inspired to make a cheesecake that was like a Girl Scout cookie…a Samaos cookie to be exact. I of course had to do the research by eating half the box(tough job, but someone has to do it). I decided that a browned butter cookie base would be good. The cheesecake part was pretty basic with a little coconut thrown in for good measure.  I know they use toasted coconut, but confession time, I am horrible at toasting coconut…so it didn’t get toasted. So the topping was non-toasted(feel free to toast yours) coconut and caramel with a few racing stripes of chocolate. HOWEVER, the hardest part about this cheesecake was cutting it…I could not get a pretty piece cut if my life depended on it(luckily no one was standing with a gun at that point… so I dodged a bullet on that one…bad pun I know). I doesn’t taste exactly like a Samoa but you definitely got what I was going for.
And speaking of cheesecake…don’t forget to enter this round of HHDD. I need your entries by March 17th! Thanks to all of you who have already entered, if what entries I have so far are any indication…voting will be very hard.

Samoas Cheesecake

For the Cookie Base: You may want to double the cookie base for a thicker crust…I did, but I’m all about crust and some people aren’t.

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
a pinch of salt
¼  cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¼  cup unsalted butter, for browning
¼  cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

To make the brown butter:

Cut ¼  cup of butter into pieces. Heat butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir the butter or swirl the pan so the butter does not get burnt. Remove from heat when butter turns light brown and gives off a nutty aroma. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch and salt together.
Cream the remaining ¼ cup butter(at room temp) until smooth and add the sugar, beating for about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract and the brown butter. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Take cookie base and press down into a 10 inch spring form pan that has already been buttered/floured and lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Set out to cool.

For the Cheesecake:

2 1/2 lbs cream cheese
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 TB flour
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sweetened coconut

Cream the cheese until soft. Add in the sugar and mix well. Decrease the mixer speed to low and add the flour.
Add eggs in one at a time scraping bowl down to make sure that there are no lumps.
Stir in the vanilla. The coconuts can be added now; it just get stirred in.
Pour batter into the pan. Bake in a water bath at 350F for approx 1 ½ -2  hours. Let cake sit at room temperature until cool, then chill overnight.

For the Caramel:
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3  cup water
2/3 cup heavy cream

Pour the sugar into the center of a deep saucepan. Carefully pour 1/3 cup water around the walls of the pan, trying not to splash any of the sugar onto the walls. Do not stir; gently draw you finger twice through the center of the sugar, making a cross, to moisten it. Over high heat, bring to a full boil and cook without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally to even out the color, until the mixture is medium caramel in color, 5 to 10 minutes. Immediately turn off the heat and use a wooden spoon to slowly and carefully stir in the cream(it will bubble up and may splatter).

Allow caramel to cool for a few minutes then stir in 12 ounces of sweetened coconut(you can add more if you would like). Stick in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.

For the Chocolate:

6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt in a metal bowl over simmering water. Once cooled put into a pastry bag.

To Assemble:

Once the cheesecake has chilled overnight. Place some of the topping on the cheesecake and spread it around to cover the top. It may be a little runny that is okay. Pipe chocolate stripes onto the cheesecake, as many as you would like and chill for another hour.




  1. Oh. My. Heavens.

    That box of Carmel de Lites (aka Somoas) in my freezer at home just lost *any* chance it had of seeing February 8th :)

  2. Wow, that is evil in cake form. You are brilliant.

  3. WHAT IS THIS ? It is absolutely devine!!!!how delicious looking….

  4. Holy God, that is an amazing cheesecake. I second Emily’s comment, and add that you might be a culinary evil genius.

  5. Brilliant idea and beautifully done. It’s really lick the screen time with those photos. No need for bullets. The sliced piece lookes ready for my fork. Can I come over?

  6. oh……..I…I can’t even speak! I am picking up my GS cookies Friday. I buy a ton, mail some to my sister and freeze many of the Samoas (trying to save them, which doesn’t really work…). This cheesecake? I think I have gone to heaven.

  7. wow. that is truly wicked. i mean, a serious masterpiece. perfect execution, i can only imagine how great it tastes. (samoa always were my favorite girlscout cookie!)

  8. I bow to you, I’m weight watching and wishing all at the same time! The Mr. is *Drooooling* So what’s a girl to do. Next weeks points all in one sitting.
    It’s on the menu for mid week.

  9. I’ll call yours a ultimate dessert!

  10. Woo that looks amazing! i’m ready for cheesecake and it’s still before breakfast.

  11. oh my….
    If I can be of any help eating the badly cut pieces, I’ll torture myself and help you. What else are friends for?

  12. If this is what you make just when you get inspired and just a sample of what others have entered so far, I am so dead on this contest.

    But I will press on and work on mine this weekend.

    Your cheesecake is just to die for.

  13. Uhhh Gracie? That photo of the slice – is probably the prettiest slice of cheesecake ever.

    I’d never think to make a cheesecake with the same flavors of a favorite cookie – sheer genius! I especially love the chocolate stripes, even if you hadn’t included a lil samoas tucked into the top, I knew right away what you were going for. =)

  14. I think I died and went to cheesecake heaven! Never thought of making a favorite cookie into a cheesecake, too bad dear hubby doesn’t like coconut or we would be eating this right now!

  15. Oh. My. God. My husband sent me this link, and I shall have to kill him now.

    Of course, after I kill him, I’ll torture myself with grief and need chocolate. So I’ll make this cheesecake.

    Yum. Meee.

  16. I’ve never commented before but even I have my limits. Looks very delicious! When I read the title I feared I was going to find a thin mint cheesecake. And sure, take that as a hint to develop one…

  17. Peabody, I love recipes that match chocolate and caramel – they’re wonderful together.

    Your cheesecake looks so delicious!

  18. You are a freakin’ genius!

  19. Ok, YUM! I’d take one of these over a dozen boxes of GS cookies!

  20. peabody says:

    Zazzy- I did think about making a Thin Mint one(my other favorite)…who knows I guess you will have to check back and see.

  21. ahhhh peabody! what have you done?! as i type this i’m sitting here eating a box of samoas doing some research myself, and oh my are they good. i can only IMAGINE a cake. crunch, crunch, crunch…

  22. Magnifique! This looks utterly great…I can only imagine the taste. I think I wcould eat the whole thing in one sitting!

  23. Can this get any better?! Phenomenal cheesecake !

  24. Samoas are def. my fave….whatta swell idea!

  25. Drooling over here!

  26. Holy moly… what a fantastic creation!!!!

  27. this is my kind of cheesecake! i love samoas!
    would you have to alter the recipe any in order to use a 9 inch springform instead?

  28. So… I’m about two years late on this one… but I just Googled “Samoa Cheesecake” with the hopes that someone had already done the dirty work to figure out a recipe for me and found you! Needless to say I’m going to try this out very very soon! Thank you!

  29. Can someone tell me how to cook cake in a water bath? I’ve never done this before. Thank you.

  30. Hi! Quick question, is the crust recipe already doubled ? I love a thick crust too!

  31. @anne- no the crust is not doubled

  32. This is the best idea ever! I think it IS Girl Scout Cheesecake Time!

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