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Recipe du Jour: Homemade Samoas!

If there’s one thing I learned from being a Girl Scout for seven years (dirty little secret), it’s to NEVER buy Girl Scout cookies. They’re delicious and expensive, a lethal combination. I stumbled upon Once Upon A Plate, a sweets/baking blog that had a DIY copy cat recipe for Samoas. They’re totes my favorite Girl Scout cookie, so I decided to give it a try.

Here’s the deal: I cook the way my Grandma taught me…no measuring, lots of taste testing, and generally no recipe — just a bunch of ingredients and a bit of culinary cunning. That’s why I like taking other people’s clever recipes, and making my own variation. Mine turned out amazing, but I’ll put all of the “proper” measurements here for you like to cook by the books.

Homemade Samoas

these make your problems into not problems.

COOKIES

1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

***I opted to NOT bake my own cookies for a couple reasons: 1. I’m lazy; and 2. I have a small Brooklyn kitchen with limited baking essentials. Instead, I just bought a package of what I like to call “redneck cookies” — they’re little flower shaped vanilla cookies that are crunchy, cheap, and almost always on the table at a Southern family reunion from the relative who consider buying prepackaged cookies as “contributing” to the smorgasbord. If you’re a real baker and want to make your own cookies, you can see the baking instructions here. Otherwise, let’s skip ahead with my prepackaged cookies and get to the good stuff: Caramel Coconut topping.

TOPPING

3 cups shredded coconut

12 oz chewy caramels (My grocery store didn’t have any plain caramels so I bought a bunch of Rolos and peeled the chocolate off. Whatever. It was snowing outside and I didn’t want to go to another store. Painstakingly de-chocolated Rolos worked just fine.)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons milk

8 oz semisweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Spread your shredded coconut on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure the coconut is evenly browned.

Brown n Tasty

While the coconut is toasting, melt your semisweet chocolate on medium heat in a small saucepan. After the chocolate is melted, dip one side of each cookie in the sweet brown sludge and set on a baking sheet or wax paper.

Make sure to lick the chocolate off your fingers like you're in a bad porno.

Set the cookies to the side for the chocolate to firm. You can put them in the fridge if you have space.

When nicely browned, remove the coconut from the oven and set aside to cool.

In another saucepan, combine the caramels, milk and salt. Stir constantly to get dat shit nice and creamy. Mmm…caramel…

Stir in the coconut until it is thoroughly mixed.

Using a spoon (or your fingers ’cause the work pretty well too), scoop the topping onto each cookie. I take a bit of wax paper and pat the top of each glob down a bit to ensure it sticks to the cookie.

That'll do, pig.

After every cookie is caramel coconut goopilicious, put the remaining melted semisweet chocolate into a ziplock baggie (Reheat on low heat if needed). Cut the tip off of the baggie and drizzle the chocolate sauce onto each cookie.

It's a chewy, drizzle, beautiful mess.

Stick them suckers in the fridge for 10 minutes, and take them to your coworkers. They’ll love you more.

I guess I can bust out my Nascar T-shirt now?

STORY OF MY LIFE, Y’ALL!! its so hard being a country girl in the big city.

Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in.

Thanks, Brooklyn. I wanted to walk home in 8 inches of snow. Just like I wanted to help that guy at the end of the street get his car out of the snowbank. NOT.

It snowed last night. A lot. As in, a foot of snow that caused New York City to give the lil’ tater tots a SNOW DAY. Normally I wouldn’t care so much, but I was working in Greenwich Village until 1am and had to make this venture using good ol’ PUBLIC TRANSIT instead of just watching the snowfall from my third story window. One thing that comes along with the white fluffy stuff in NYC is also the spectacular disappearance of every single cab on the streets. I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t want to drive anyone home in an icy, snowy stew either, but then again, it’s not my job. The result is always the same: Having to take a late night train to Brooklyn, which will be overcrowded due to lack of cabs, and running slower than it already does during late nights (To all visitors: L Train service after midnight is SHIT. AVOID AT ALL COSTS kthanks).

A typical late night ride on the L Train

HOWEVER I was completely surprised by the L train last night — I got on at 6th ave after waiting only 3 or 4 minutes, and the train actually ran at full speed the entire trip. I made it home from LPR in about 40 minutes, which is only 10 minutes longer than my usual commute.

We’ll just ignore the fact that my street, my subway station (hell yes it snows on the inside), the sidewalks and stairs in my ‘hood hadn’t been plowed or scooped or salted in any way. I fell down more than once during my 2 block walk from the station to my apartment, and ended up having to jump over a huge bank, into the middle of the road where the ground was more level for walking. Snow-filled boots? NOTSOFUN. Thankfully it’s sunny today, so we can start to melt the mush away and be stuck with a soggy commute instead of a fluffy one. Blerg.

meet bebop and dexter

My boyfriend Matt and I adopted Bebop and Dexter in July of 2010. They are fucking adorable and superior to most pets in many capacities. Get used to seeing lots of this cute crap.

dreamy

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