Caramel Coconut Cookie Bars

This take on the Girl Scouts Samoas cookies (aka Caramel deLites) transforms them to bar form so you can quickly whip up a batch of 24 without having to shape them into perfect circles with the hole in the center.

Caramel Coconut Cookie Bars
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
24 bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 13.4 ounce can dulce de leche

  • 3 tablespoon milk

  • 1 14 ounce pkg. sweetened flaked coconut

  • 1 12 ounce pkg. semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Coat foil with cooking spray.

  2. For crust, in a small bowl stir together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add both sugars and beat on medium to high until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture (mixture will be crumbly). Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine dulce de leche and milk. Stir in coconut.

  4. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate chips over hot crust; let stand 5 minutes. Spread chocolate over crust. Carefully spread coconut mixture over chocolate layer. Bake 10 minutes more. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

  5. In a small bowl microwave remaining chocolate chips 30 to 45 seconds or until melted and smooth, stirring once. Drizzle over coconut mixture. Cover and chill 1 hour or until set. Using foil, lift out uncut cookies. Cut into bars.

To Store

Layer bars between waxed paper in an airtight container. Store in refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
14g Fat
37g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 183mg 4%
Folate, total 19.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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