Samoa Bars recipe - just like your favorite Girl Scouts cookies! And so easy!

Originally published on February 19, 2011. 

It’s that time of year. You know what time I’m talking about.

Girl Scouts have positioned themselves outside every grocery store, drug store, ballpark, everywhere you could possibly need to go. I try, I really do – I try to walk past them without making eye contact. It never works. This year was no different. I ended up with a box of Samoas (what’s the new name? Caramel something-or-another?) that my children demolished within seconds.

These bars, which are meant to be like my beloved Samoas, have been on my must make list for years now and I am so sad that I’ve waited this long to make them! They are so easy, so quick, and taste exactly like the Samoas. Please don’t be scared of the 3 steps. I’m telling you, there’s nothing difficult about this recipe.

If you wanted to take these one step further, you could dip the bottoms of the bars in melted chocolate. I’m not a chocolate fan so I skipped that part but if you wanted to, just melt a bag of chocolate chips instead of the 1/2 cup that this recipe calls for. Once it’s melted, dip the bars one at a time and then place on parchment (or wax paper) to harden.

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Loaded Cookie Bars - this easy recipe starts with a boxed cookie mix and are stuffed with chocolate, peanut butter, candy, and coconut!

I recently had a really fun opportunity to participate in a baking Blog Hop. So I baked something, sent it off to Becky of Somewhat Simple, and received the yummiest Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Jenny of Picky Palate.

This Blog Hop featured the new Pillsbury Purely Simple baking mixes. They contain simple ingredients, no colors, no preservatives, and no artificial ingredients. Have you tried them yet?

Loaded Cookie Bars - this easy recipe starts with a boxed cookie mix and are stuffed with chocolate, peanut butter, candy, and coconut!

I used the Pillsbury Purely Simple for these Loaded Cookie Bars and it was fabulous. The mix only requires a stick of butter and an egg if you want to make sugar cookies. I, of course, added more than that! This bars have white chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, and milk chocolate candies!

I would’ve added more but I ran out of things in my baking cabinet!

Loaded Cookie Bars - this easy recipe starts with a boxed cookie mix and are stuffed with chocolate, peanut butter, candy, and coconut!

I love these kinds of bars! Something fun and different in every bite! Plus the chewy cookie itself!

And since I started with the Pillsbury Purely Simple baking mix, these took no time to whip up! The hardest part was waiting for the butter to soften!

Loaded Cookie Bars - this easy recipe starts with a boxed cookie mix and are stuffed with chocolate, peanut butter, candy, and coconut!

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I couldn’t wait any longer to start using Halloween candy!

This is a fun post because not only am I sharing that delicious Halloween Candy Cookie Cake up there but I’m also showing you how to make a BOO Kit to surprise your friends, neighbors, co-workers, whoever!

How to make a cute and spooky BOO Kit! Surprise neighbors, friends, family, co-workers with this basket of fun for Halloween!

So if you’ve never heard of a BOO Kit, it’s just a fun way to share some treats with the people you care about. You fill up a cute bucket with candy, creepy Halloween goodies, and top it off with a You’ve Been BOO’d! sign.

For my BOO Kit, I went with fun size M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, and TWIX®. And tiny cans of Sunkist® and A&W Rootbeer – they have the cutest monsters on the cans right now! I also added a couple cute Halloween cups, some orange and black paper straws, and a creepy spider in a web.

I got all the supplies at Walmart. They have a huge aisle of Halloween candy right now and you can find the cute Halloween soda in the regular soda aisle.

If you love the You’ve Been BOO’d sign, you can print that here.

You can also Save $1.00 on TWO (2) 2L or 6pk 8oz cans of any flavor Sunkist® Soda, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, A&W®, Squirt®, or Sun Drop® with this coupon!

How to make a cute and spooky BOO Kit! Surprise neighbors, friends, family, co-workers with this basket of fun for Halloween!

And if by some weird chance you have leftover Halloween candy, you should chop it up and turn it into this delicious Halloween Candy Cookie Cake. I took my chocolate chip cookie cake recipes, left out the chocolate chips, and pressed M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, and TWIX® on the top before baking.

I added some frosting and chopped M&M’s® on top after it was cooled but feel free to skip that step! It’s really delicious. You can’t go wrong with a giant cookie with candy in it!

Halloween Candy Cookie Cake - use leftover Halloween candy to make a giant cookie!

#booitforwardsweepstakes

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Being paleo is hard. I mean, for the most part, I enjoy it and it comes easy but sometimes you want something sweet and you don’t want it to be an apple.

You know?

You want a paleo cookie because paleo cookies are delicious, but you don’t want to make an entire batch because hello! You can’t control yourself around an entire batch of paleo cookies.

Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything. I am the picture of willpower. I am never tempted by an entire batch of cookies or a whole pan of paleo cornbread or box of Larabars. Nope, never.

Ahem.

But anyway, I have the perfect solution for when you need a sweet treat! A Paleo Mug Cake!

I, on more than one occasion, have complained and complained about how much I hate all those mug cakes and brownies and such because they always turn out spongy and dense and just not good.
But the cookie works! These totally have a cookie texture after microwaving and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I am so into the texture of paleo baked goods that are made with almond meal. Plus a tiny bit of coconut flavor comes through which is always a good thing, and you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate! I can’t even tell you how many times I have made this recipe over the past few months. It really came in handy during our stressful move.

This is also super simple to make since it is made in the microwave. Plus, I always mix all the ingredients up in the mug so there’s really not much clean up either!

This recipe does make two servings (I know, I am so sorry!) but that just means you can share it with your BFF! Or save half of it for an hour later if you’re having one of those days. 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Mug Cake recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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