Samoa Cupcake Shooters

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

Cupcakes never go to waste in my house, well as much as I can help it, but I can’t eat them all myself! Earlier this week, I made the Thin Mint Mini Cakes and I had leftover cake. So I made some Samoa Cupcake Shooters to continue on with Girl Scout Cookie week!

Now, when I was a Girl Scout, we called these Caramel Delights. No one here knows what I am talking about when I say Caramel Delights, so for this post, I am going with Samoas!

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

These are pretty easy to make and they taste AH-mazing. Between the chocolate, caramel and coconut, your mouth will be watering for more. Here is what you need:

2-3 C Chocolate cake crumbs

6 Samoa cookies

1/2 C Chocolate ganache or melting chocolate

1/2 C Caramel sauce (I used Smuckers)

1/2 C Toasted Coconut

1 batch Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream

*This will make enough for six cupcake shooters.

Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Makes Approximately 2 1/2 Cups

3 Large egg whites

3/4 C Granulated sugar

1 C (2 sticks) Unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Coconut extract

  • Before you begin, please make sure to ready my  original Swiss Meringue buttercream tutorial, especially if you are not familiar with how to make this type of frosting!
  • Temper egg whites and sugar in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of water on medium heat. I usually use the metal bowl from my stand mixer. You need just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot. Heat the mixture to 150°F. Make sure to stir constantly to avoid cooking the egg whites.
  • Remove the sugar and egg whites from heat. Using a wire whisk on your stand mixer, beat on low for two minutes. Increase to a medium speed for five minutes.  Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 more minutes.
  • Next, reduce speed to low and add butter 1 tbsp at a time, ensuring each addition is well mixed.
  • Next, add coconut and vanilla extract and beat for another minute or two with the wire whisk.
  • Change your mixer attachment to the paddle attachment continue to beat on medium speed until well incorporated and glossy. It took several more minutes for me to achieve the consistency I was looking for.
  • I chose to add only a little bit of vanilla and coconut extract to this recipe, because I wanted the flavor of the toasted coconut to be more prevalent.

Toasted Coconut

  • To toast your coconut, place desired amount of shredded coconut on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes until you achieve your desired color. Remove from the oven every 5 minutes and stir so that it toasts evenly.
Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

About halfway there

Chocolate Ganache

 4 oz Milk chocolate chips

1 1/2 tbsp Heavy cream

  • Use a heatproof bowl to melt the chocolate and heavy cream over a pot of simmering water, stirring constantly. Once melted, remove from heat and allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature before use.


To assemble the shooters, start by filling the bottom of your glasses with some of the cake crumbles. Then pipe some of the coconut buttercream on top. Drizzle chocolate ganache and caramel over the buttercream and top it off with toasted coconut.

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

Repeat times three

Repeat these steps two more times!  Top off your shooter with a Samoa cookie!

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters


I purchased these 5 oz glasses at Bed Bath and Beyond. They are Libby’s Zombie glasses. I bought my six glasses individually, but they also sell them in a 12 pack! I love these because they are larger than a shot glass, so it allows you to stuff it full of stuff!

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

12 thoughts on “Samoa Cupcake Shooters

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  2. Those look really good! And just so you you know Girl Scouts uses 2 bakeries and one of them calls them Caramel Delights and the other Samoa’s but they’re the same cookie. All the basics are the same with 2 types of cookies different to each bakery. Just something I’ve learned since becoming a leader for my daughter’s troop 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hi Amy! Thanks for stopping by! That is so funny. I always thought it was an east or west coast thing when I moved out west. Several of the cookies had different names than what I grew up selling, but they are still the same amazing cookie! I would love to know what your favorite Girl Scout Cookie treats are!

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