Samoa Thumbprint Cookies

All of the things that you love about the classic Samoa Cookie in a cute little thumbprint cookie! A shortbread crust dipped in chocolate with the caramel coconut center and drizzled in chocolate! 

Samoa thumbprint cookies in a cooking tin with chocolate drizzled on top.

Girl Scout season is approaching. I love Samoa Cookies and my hubby loves thin mints. He ordered 10 boxes! But my favorite cookie hands down is a samoa! I love the shortbread cookie that gets wrapped in chocolate and topped with caramel and coconut.

As I was thinking about a samoa inspired recipe these Samoa Thumbprint Cookies came to mind. I wanted them to represent everything about the classic samoa cookie and wanted to have the delicious caramel coconut right in the center of each bite.

Close up photo of Samoa thumbprint cookies with chocolate drizzled on top.

The cookies are made with a delicious buttery shortbread cookie. I wanted to dip the bottom of the cookie in chocolate to represent the cookie even more. The center had the delicious and chewy caramel coconut and then they get drizzled with more chocolate!

Everything you love about a samoa cookie in these delicious and cute thumb print cookies. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait until girl scout season to make them! 🙂

Close up photo of chocolate thumbprint Samoa cookies with one with a bite taken out of it.

Samoa Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 24 Cookies

All of the things that you love about the classic Samoa Cookie in a cute little thumbprint cookie! A shortbread crust dipped in chocolate with the caramel coconut center and drizzled in chocolate!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


Shortbread Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Caramel Coconut Layer:

  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 15 ounces store-bought or homemade soft caramels
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut toasted
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine butter, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour the flour and beat until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb.
  3. Bake 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool completely.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips 30 seconds at a time and mix until smooth. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and dip each cookie bottom in melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to set.
  5. To make the caramel coconut layer: In a microwave safe bowl add caramels and milk. Cook 30 seconds at a time until melted and smooth. Stir in toasted coconut. Let cool slightly. Fill each center of cookie with 1 tablespoon of the caramel coconut.
  6. Melt remaining 1 cup chocolate chips and drizzle on top of the cookies.
Nutrition Facts
Samoa Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 265mg8%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 254IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Oh my gosh I’m making these tomorrow!! Is there 6 cups of coconut though in the coconut filling? 3 cups, plus 3 cups toasted?

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