Homemade Samoas Cookies

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Who else loves Girl Scout cookies? If you’re a Girl Scout cookie fanatic, you’ll love these homemade Samoas cookies! They’re gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free, and can even be made paleo and grain free. They’re super easy to make and require only 6 ingredients!

What ingredients do I need for these homemade Samoas cookies?

If you want to make these homemade Samoas cookies, here’s what you’ll need:

  • almond flour (or oat flour, see below)
  • pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • tahini (or other nut/seed butter, see below)
  • dark or semi-sweet chocolate (see below)
  • coconut oil (or other neutral oil)
  • sea salt
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Help, I don’t have almond flour!

If you don’t have almond flour or you don’t want to use it in this recipe, feel free to use oat flour instead. I prefer to use almond flour since the cookies can be a bit crunchy/hard with oat flour. If you do want to use oat flour instead of almond flour, add 2 TBS melted coconut oil (or dairy free butter) to the dough. This will help it to not be as hard!

What if I don’t have tahini?

If you don’t have tahini or don’t want to use it in this recipe, you can substitute it with another nut or seed butter. I personally prefer tahini but peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter would all also work!

Homemade Samoas Cookies overhead shot
Which dairy free chocolate chips do you use?

I like to use either Hu Kitchen semi-sweet chocolate chips or Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate chips. Hu Kitchen’s semi-sweet chocolate chips are refined sugar free and sweetened only with dates. If you want to use Hu Kitchen chocolate chips, use my code thebigleybasics for 15% off.

How do I store these homemade Samoas cookies?

I like to store these cookies in an airtight container for 4-5 days and I personally keep them in the fridge! You can also store them in the freezer for several months.

Want more cookies?

I mean, who doesn’t want more cookies? Check out some of my other cookie recipes!

Ready to make these cookies? The full recipe is below!

Homemade Samoas Cookies

Servings 12
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (or oat flour, see below)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Caramel

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp tahini (or other nut/seed butter, see below)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Topping

  • 3/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use dairy free and refined sugar free)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. While the oven preheats, mix together the cookie ingredients in a small dish. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. If the dough is too dry, add more sweetener.
  • Once the dough is mixed, divide it into 12 evenly sized balls. Place each ball on the lined baking tray and flatten using your fingers or the palms of your hand. Then create a hole in the center of each cookie using your fingers or a butter knife.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Don't overbake! Once the cookies are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.
  • While the cookies are cooling, toast the coconut: add the shredded coconut to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 5 minutes, until the coconut is lightly toasted. Set aside.
  • Next, prepare the caramel: combine the tahini, maple syrup, and salt together and heat (in the microwave or on the stovetop) until the mixture begins to bubble. Remove from the heat once bubbly and stir in the toasted coconut.
  • Once the cookie are cooled, spread the caramel mixture over the top of each cookie. Next, melt together the chocolate and the coconut oil (in the microwave or using the double boiler method), stirring often so the chocolate doesn't burn. The coconut oil is optional, but it helps to thin the chocolate a bit.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, dip the bottom of each cookie in the melted chocolate then place the cookies on a tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the cookies with any remaining melted chocolate.
  • Place cookies in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes, until the chocolate is hardened. Once the chocolate has hardened, enjoy!



See the body of the blog post above if you want to make the recipe with oat flour or with a different nut or seed butter!
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Diet: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Keto Friendly, Refined Sugar Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Paleo
Keyword: Healthier Samoas Cookies, Healthy Girl Scout Cookies, Healthy Samoas Recipe, Homemade Girl Scout Cookies, Homemade Samoas Recipe

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