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Raw-Caramel-deLights12When I was in third grade, I had the chance to join the Brownies.  The group snuggled right in between the Daisy’s and Girl Scouts.  To this day, I still have my sash that is all decked out with badges.  My time in that group was short but sweet and left me with some fun memories.

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

I never sold Girl Scout cookies, nor have I even eaten very many of them but this recipe was created and inspired for my friend Lyn.  I can’t even say that this recipe tastes just like the Girl Scout cookies known as Somoas.   But I can tell you that it tastes heavenly.  Firm and chewy cookies, layered with a rich coconut and caramel, then dunked in shredded coconut, and to top it off…  laced with a dark chocolaty drizzle. Ah simply a bit of  heaven.

I did a little homework on what ingredients the Girl Scouts use in making their Somoa cookies (AKA Caramel deLights)  and I have to say that it was a sad discovery.  I wish part of their service to the world could include making a healthier cookies for consumers and supporters.  This is what I found:  INGREDIENTS ~ Sugar, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil, soybean and palm oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin b2], folic acid), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), contains two percent or less of sorbitol, cocoa, glycerin, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, dextrose, soy lecithin, carrageenan, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), natural and artificial flavors.

As you scroll down through the ingredients and preparation steps for this recipe, it might seem daunting.  Trust me, it isn’t.  I just did my best to be as detailed as possible while walking you through the steps.  So, give it a quick read and you will find that in the end, they are quite easy to make. :) Enjoy.

 

raw-caramel-deLights9912raw-caramel-deLights9911Ingredients:  yields 12 cookies 

Cookie base:

  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, ground to powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp water

Caramel & coconut layer:

  • 1 cup date paste
  • 2 Tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

Chocolate drizzle:

  • 1/4 cup cold-pressed coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Preparation:

Cookie base:

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the almond flour,  ground coconut and salt.  Mix together.
  2. Add  the date paste, maple syrup and almond extract.  With your hands mix everything together until a dough forms.  If the dough is too dry, add 1 Tbsp water.
  3. Roll out the dough by placing the dough ball in the center of a teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator or on parchment / wax paper.  Place another sheet on top and with a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick.  Remove the top sheet.
  4. Cut out the circles with cookie cutters.  I used  2 cookie cutters.  The large one was 2 1/2″ diameter and a small one for the center that was 1/2″ in diameter.  Use what you have on hand.  Depending on the size you use, it will change the yield amount.
  5. After cutting out the circles, roll the remaining dough back out and cut out more circles, do this process over and over until all the dough is used up. I ended up with a small ball of batter that I rolled into a ball and flattened.  This was the taste tester. :)
  6. Place the cut out cookies on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator and dry at 115 degrees (F) for 16 hours or until desired dryness is reached.

Caramel & coconut layer:

  1. In the same mixing bowl mix together the date paste, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt.
  2. Add in the coconut and cacao powder.  Mix well so everything is well integrated.
  3. Place in a piping bag fitted with a 1/2″ tip. Leave on the counter while the cookies dehydrate.  This will keep in soft and pliable when you are ready to use it.  You can skip the piping process and just use a butter knife but I found piping it made it fast, easy and clean.

Chocolate drizzle:

  1. Place the coconut oil, cacao, and maple syrup in the blender and blend until it turns smooth and creamy.
  2. Place a piping bag, fitted with a small circular tip (put a piece of tape over the hole), in a tall glass, folding a cuff over the edge.
  3. Pour the chocolate sauce in the  bag and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up a bit.
  4. Tip: To melt the coconut oil, place the jar in a large bowl of hot water.
  5. Tip: You can hand mix this, but I find that it doesn’t get as creamy and you risk having grainy cacao bits in it.
  6. Tip: If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a zip-lock bag.  When the time comes to piping the chocolate, snip a small corner off of the bottom.
  7. This recipe will create more chocolate sauce than what is needed but it will store in the fridge for several weeks so you can use it over all sorts of yummy raw treats!

Assembly:

  1. Place about 1/4 cup of shredded coconut on a small plate.
  2. Pipe a rope of caramel & coconut batter on top of the cookie.  With a damp finger pat down the edges, smoothing it out.
  3. Turn the cookie upside down and press lightly into the shredded coconut.
  4. Pipe strips of chocolate over the top of the cookie and enjoy!
  5. Store in the fridge or on the counter top.  These would freeze well, but be sure to store them in a single layer so you don’t mess up the top.

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22 thoughts on “Raw Caramel deLights

  1. Jeannette says:

    These look wonderful and easy to do! I will have to make some when I get more whole almonds.

  2. Audrey says:

    What a glorious email to wake up to! I CANNOT wait to make these beauties. Thank you Amie Sue

  3. Moni says:

    Looks delicious. I will try them for my rawfood delight event in a few weeks.
    Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.
    By the way, can I by raw Food groseries from your webshop even though I live in Sweden?

    Wish you a wonderful day
    //Moni

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Moni… oh please let me know how they go over at your event. From the research I did, it looks like you can order through my site. They many not ship every product and I am sure they will let you know if there is an issue. My “Store” is through Amazon.

      Have a great weekend! amie sue

  4. Chris says:

    These look amazing!!! What sugar free option can you use instead of date paste in the cookie base?
    Thanks!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Chris… I don’t have a sugar free option because the date paste in the base and in the caramel layer is there to act as a binder and to lend that caramelly flavor that I was aiming for. My only suggestion is to try dried figs and then add come lucuma to maybe get that caramel flavor note. amie sue

  5. Chris says:

    What can you use instead of date paste in the cookie base?
    Thanks!!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Chris… nice to hear from you again!

      Date paste is used in both components and to get the flavors that I did, I don’t have a great substitution without turning it into a totally different cookie. Have a great weekend, amie sue

      Well… you could try dried figs :)

  6. Victoria says:

    Holy cacao these look unbelievably delicious.

  7. Sharon says:

    Amy Sue…there you go again after my own heart…just bought some of the cookies from my niece :-) You are a genius and I can’t wait to try this recipe! (Can’t wait to see if you master Thin Mints)

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh noooo did I just get a challenge to make Thin Mints? Sneaky sneaky hehe. :) Since you have some from the Girl Scouts themselves, I would love if you would try this recipe and compare them. Let me know how it goes. Blessings! amie sue

      • Sharon says:

        Riddle: How do you know when Amie Sue’s muse is affecting you? Answer: Hey, I think I will find something to do with all this coconut pulp I have left over from the milk I make (since I am lacking the almond pulp stock, now…because I am really loving this coconut milk…)OOOhhh, remember Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty? Let’s try that. Oh, and I wanted to make raw cinnamon rolls, now where is that date paste in the freezer? Oh, look, the Carmel Delight Cookies that I started and forgot to finish ( I am supposed to compare to the purchased ones – On My Honor,I will try – because I was a Girl Scout) oh, I also wanted to make that raw mustard, I will soak the seeds (and while they soak, I will go look at the river to see if ice is out for the canoe race next weekend). Uh oh, better juice that wheatgrass and those sunflower sprouts today. Hey look, the flax seeds I have been soaking (oops, forgot), better clean the fridge out and make some crackers. So, this was my day. All with a great big smile on my face. Phew, you must be one busy lady, Amie Sue. Once I sat down, I thought I better tell you about the taste test :) The real cookies (I mean processed not made from real food) are a shortbread type cookie with chocolate coating the bottom, a layer of caramel coconut on top. The only thing I may do different next time is omit the cacao from the date paste if I am so inclined to copy the not real cookie. Your recipe produced a beautiful substitute that was far tastier than I had imagined. So, thank you for all your recipes, your stories and the giggles…I have enjoyed you as a muse for me today!! Bless You!

        • amie-sue says:

          LOL I dunno Sharon… that almost looks like a typical day to me. :P I read this to my husband and we got quite the chuckle out of it. I really appreciate that you shared this… glad I am not the only one to have such days. hehe They can be exciting and exhausting all rolled in one. :) Your awesome! Now, get some good rest. :) amie sue

          • Sharon says:

            Hi Amie Sue,
            Glad to give you a chuckle…I often giggle at your posts and recipes. Thank you to your husband for being so supportive to you, I often find lack of support is an obstacle for my patients. I often refer to your site for a starter because you make raw beautiful and delicious…so thank you for all that you do and sharing it with all of us! I am sure I will be “commenting” again! God Bless!

            • amie-sue says:

              Thank you Sharon for sharing my site with others. We all need support and encouragement throughout our lives. This is just my tiny notch in life where I do my best to offer that. :) Have a wonderful evening and talk to you soon. :) amie sue

  8. Lyn :] says:

    Your a Sweet Heart Amie Sue,
    Yes they do taste like Samoas, Yes I (we) do LOVE them and you really do embody the Girl Scout pledge!!!! You learned it well and are living it out!!!! Thank You Amie Sue- You bless me always!!! Your friend, Lyn :]

  9. Christi says:

    I just made these. They are so much like the real thing. Amy Sue, you made me so happy! These have been my favorite Girl Scout cookies forever. The Girl Scouts are stationed everywhere I go now, outside of grocery stores, drugstores. I don’t buy from them because I know I can’t eat those unhealthy cookies anymore. You came to the rescue just in time!

    • amie-sue says:

      I am so happy that I was there for you Christi! hehe And even more happy that you really like them! Thank you for letting me know, I love hearing how the recipes turn out for others. Blessings and have a wonderful week. amie sue

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