Thank Heaven for Little Girl(Scout)s Samoa Cheese Tart

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


It’s cookie time, folks! Girl Scout Cookies, that is. Thin Mints, Do Si Dos, Trefoils and my most favorite GS cookie of them all….Samoas They’re everywhere. You couldn’t escape them, even if you wanted to. But, why would you want to? Who doesn’t love Girl Scout Cookies…..or Girl Scouts, for that matter?


Right now, there are about six little Brownies and Girl Scouts who live on my street. Some years, there have been more, some less. One by one, they ring my doorbell, in their cute little uniforms, with their hopeful little faces… I buy cookies from all of them. I can’t help it. My own daughter was in the program for several years. I mean, you’d have to have a heart carved out of stone to resist them!

So, the other day, there I sat with about 20 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sitting in front of me, wondering what the heck to do with all of them! Yes, I know that you can freeze them. But, they’re never quite as good defrosted. I did a quick inventory in my fridge. I had cream cheese. I had mascarpone (my magic ingredient!). I even had some homemade dulce de leche left over from another recipe. An idea began to take shape in my head. I took the basic concept for my Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese Pie, made a few twists and turns, and came up with what is quite possibly the most fabulous sticky, gooey, creamy, chewy dessert I have ever made!

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For this recipe, I used a box of Samoas to make a cookie crust. Samoas are the cookies that are dipped in caramel and toasted coconut and then smothered in chocolate. I ground the cookies into crumbs in my food processor and mixed them with about one third of a stick of melted butter. I pressed the mixture into a tart pan and chilled it. Then, I blended cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar and some dulce de leche together with my electric mixer for the tart filling. I wanted the tart to look like a great big, giant Samoa, so I topped it with a layer of dulce de leche and toasted coconut. To finish it off, I drizzled melted bittersweet chocolate all over it.

Since I had homemade dulce de leche, I used it. However, I’ve used the canned product, La Lechera, before for many things and it is excellent too. So, please don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe.


Let me tell you, this tart was Out. Of. This. World! Seriously, it was amazing! It reminded me of a super rich, caramelly, coconutty, chocolatey, cream cheesy flan. If you never try any of my other recipes, please try this one. You will love it. The only other thing I can say is Thank Heaven for Girl Scouts!




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72 responses to Thank Heaven for Little Girl(Scout)s Samoa Cheese Tart

  1. On February 20, 2008 at 3:02am, A. Grace said...

    well i’d eat the majority of those ingredients plain, so this tart is bound to be ridiculously good.

  2. On February 20, 2008 at 4:47am, Peter M said...

    Ahhh, how can one say ‘NO’ to the Girl Guide mafiosas? lol They are so cute, can’t say no!

    I’m sure you’d have equal success selling that tart in the ‘hood…dulce de leche…Ummm!

  3. On February 20, 2008 at 5:28am, Aran Goyoaga said...

    This dessert goes so well with your name. it says it all!!! i want to lick the screen this is so gooey!

  4. On February 20, 2008 at 6:42am, Manggy said...

    Awesome! I think my socks would be knocked off regardless of how strongly I held on to them :p
    Girl Scouts of the Philippines don’t do the cookie-selling thing… Actually I don’t know what they do… I’ll have to wait a few years before I taste a Samoa.

  5. On February 20, 2008 at 6:46am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    A. Grace- Thanks! Don’t let this get around, but I did sneak a few spoonfuls of that dulce de leche. I couldn’t help myself!

    Peter- Lol! You are so right. Down here, they have cookie booths set up outside every supermarket. Those little rugrats get you coming and going. My daughter used to sell hundreds of boxes to unsuspecting shoppers that way!

    Aran- Thank you! I was really pleased with how it turned out. Now, I’m trying to come up with a recipe for the Do Di Do’s before I eat them all! 😉

  6. On February 20, 2008 at 7:06am, Cakelaw said...

    Wow Susan, this looks out of this world!!

  7. On February 20, 2008 at 7:11am, canarygirl said...

    Oh, my, goodness. This looks absolutely incredible!!!!

  8. On February 20, 2008 at 7:15am, bleeding espresso said...

    Oh wow. You really make a girl miss those Girl Scout Cookies :(

  9. On February 20, 2008 at 7:26am, Gretchen Noelle said...

    This looks fabulous! Impressive! Samosas were never my favorite but this sure could be!

  10. On February 20, 2008 at 7:44am, Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

    Incredible!!! I love every bit of that. I am going to forward this to all the girl scout mom’s I know!!!

  11. On February 20, 2008 at 7:51am, anno said...

    Holy cow! Came here via bleeding espresso, and now I know I cannot rest until I have made this recipe. I love Samoas.

  12. On February 20, 2008 at 8:40am, RecipeGirl said...

    Ok, these look amazing. I hope I ordered those- my Girl Scouts haven’t delivered them yet!! Oh well, if I didn’t order them, the Girl Scouts always attack you in front of the Grocery store so I can get them there. This is definitely a printed recipe!!

    And I’m TAGGING you Susan, if you participate in that sort of thing :)

  13. On February 20, 2008 at 10:03am, michelle @ Us vs. Food said...

    oh. my. god.

    that looks incredible. the samoa has always been my favorite GS cookie. somehow, i have managed to go the past weeks without encountering a single scout, so this tart might be all i have!

  14. On February 20, 2008 at 10:07am, Deborah said...

    I am definitely trying this recipe. I’m embarrased to admit it – but my husband ordered 2 cases of Samoas!! We’re going to be eating them for a year! (Not that I am complaining…)

  15. On February 20, 2008 at 10:36am, Cakespy said...

    Omigodomigodomigod. I am annoyed that I have not run into any Girl Scouts yet, and am hoping you will air mail me a morsel. 😉

  16. On February 20, 2008 at 10:51am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Manggy- You cannot miss this! Email me your address at stickygooeycreamychewyATgmailDOTcom,and I wil send you a box.

    Cakelaw- Thanks! It is definitely a keeper.

    Canary Girl- Thank you! I’m crazy about it.

    Bleeding Espresso- Email me, I’ll send you some. :)

    Gretchen- Thanks so much! You might want to reconsider Samoas. 😉 If you like cheesecake, you will probably really like this.

    Judy- Thanks! That’s a good idea. I should pass this along to all the GS moms I know too.

    Anno- Thank you! I love BE too. I’m glad you like the recipe. Let me know how yours turns out.

    Recipe Girl- I’m so glad you like it! You’re right. You should have no problem finding Samoas for the next few weeks. They’re everywhere!

    Tag away! I’m happy to participate. :)

    Michelle- Thanks! Just wait. Those sneaky Girl Scouts pop out when you least expect it! 😉

    Deborah- That is my kind of man! You can make lots of tarts with those!

  17. On February 20, 2008 at 10:59am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Cakespy- I can’t believe you haven’t been accosted yet! There are cookies everywhere around here. I don’t think the tart would travel well, but I can send cookies.

  18. On February 20, 2008 at 11:45am, Ginny said...

    Delicious! I sent the link to the my roommates, who reminded me that we have a box of samoas at home…I also may have some dulce de leche and some coconut…I blame the next pound I gain on you! Beautiful pictures and a wonderful idea!

  19. On February 20, 2008 at 11:59am, amanda said...

    I just received my huge order of girl scout cookies. oh my, talk about gui;ty pleasure. i love the samoas too, so i should try this tart out soon. coconut, chocolate, caramel? bound to taste delish!

  20. On February 20, 2008 at 12:29pm, Helene said...

    I haven’t seen them at my door yet. But I can’t resist them either. Usually they offer the vanilla and chocolate variety, here in Canada. I wish we had the Samoa. Your recipe looks so good.

  21. On February 20, 2008 at 12:36pm, Patricia Scarpin said...

    There should be a law against something so magnificently delicious! :)

    I love using dulce de leche and would love to try this recipe of yours!

  22. On February 20, 2008 at 12:44pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    Excellent use of your culinary imagination!!!! Looks jaw dropping. I love Samoas and Thin Mints. I, however, would like a run down of your cholesterol numbers please……..should we bring some cyber paddles to the site just in case we need to shock your heart in the future hehehehehe.

  23. On February 20, 2008 at 1:57pm, Joanna in the kitchen said...

    It looks like heaven on earth. Pure indulgence. Fantastic photos 😀

  24. On February 20, 2008 at 2:43pm, CookiePie said...

    Oh. My. GOD! I think you might be a genius. I wanted to jump through my computer screen and take a bite!

  25. On February 20, 2008 at 3:02pm, Brilynn said...

    That is one amazing concoction! I need to find some girl scout cookies… I miss the thin mints most.

  26. On February 20, 2008 at 4:29pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Ginny- Lol! Thanks! I’m glad you like the tart. If you pound the cookies and beat the filling by hand, you will burn off some extra calories. You could also jog in place as you do this.

    Amanda- Do try it! It keeps in the fridge for several days, so you don’t have to eat it all at once. You could also share. You’ll make a lot of new friends that way. 😉

    Helene- I’m glad you like it! You know, you could just make the crust out of regular chocolate cookies. The tart would still be fabulous.

    Patricia- Thank you! If you make it, please let me know how it turned out.

    Obsessive- Thank you so much! Lol! Stand by with those paddles!

    Joanna- Thank you. You’re sweet. I’m so glad you like it. :)

    Cookiepie- Thanks! I’m reaching my hand out. Grab it and I’ll try to pull you through. Lol!

    Brilynn- Thank you. I’m glad you like it. I think Paula Deen made a pie with Thin Mints.

  27. On February 20, 2008 at 4:59pm, Anonymous said...

    Superbe, je vais très vite traduire ce dessert !!!


  28. On February 20, 2008 at 5:20pm, Gabensysmom said...

    This looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

  29. On February 20, 2008 at 6:09pm, Jennifer said...

    This is beyond decadent. I would so eat it, though, and love every single bite!

  30. On February 20, 2008 at 6:41pm, Tartelette said...

    Absolutwly divine! Love salted butter caramel sauce, especially with cheesecake. I got a good recipe here if you are interested.

  31. On February 20, 2008 at 7:54pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Manue- Merci beaucoup! Je suis très heureux vous aime ma recette.

    Gabensysmom- Thanks! I’m glad you like it.

    Jennifer- Thank you. Go for it! Life is short!

    Tartelette- I’m so glad you like it! It certainly is not as sophisticated as one of yours. I wish I had found your cheesecake recipe earlier for my links. I should have known you’d have a perfect match. But, it was 2:00 a.m. and my eyes were crossed.

  32. On February 20, 2008 at 8:02pm, JEP said...

    Oh what heavenly ingredients & combined into one recipe!

  33. On February 20, 2008 at 9:21pm, Cakelaw said...

    Hi Susan, I hope you don’t mind, but I have tagged you for a MeMe:

  34. On February 20, 2008 at 10:01pm, Flanboyant Eats said...

    Ooh!! You just reminded me: I have to schedule the delivery of mine!!!

    Thanks for this!

  35. On February 21, 2008 at 4:37am, Emiline said...

    Yay! I’m all about this recipe.
    I love Girl Scout cookies!

  36. On February 21, 2008 at 7:14am, Frantic Home Cook said...

    OK, my Brownie picks up her boxes tomorrow at 6:00. This will be started at 6:02.

  37. On February 21, 2008 at 8:01am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Jep- Thanks! You’re right. I’m betting that the road to Heaven is paved with dulce de leche!

    Cakelaw- My pleasure!

    Flanboyant- You’re welcome! You definitely don’t want to miss out on those cookies!

    Emiline- Me too! I wait for them every year, like an old friend.

    Frantic Home Cook- Lol! I like your style!

  38. On February 21, 2008 at 10:02am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    Hey there. I found your blog through Emeline, so I wanted to drop in and say hi. I can’t resist your blog just by the name alone! One of my all-time favorite cookbooks is called “Gooey Desserts”.

  39. On February 21, 2008 at 10:30am, Cakespy said...

    Clearly I am going to have to go hunting. They usually congregate in front of grocery stores, no??

  40. On February 21, 2008 at 11:00am, aforkfulofspaghetti said...

    Oh. my. word. Never mind the girl scouts – I want some of this right now!

  41. On February 21, 2008 at 6:51pm, Jen Yu said...

    Sweetie, you are so popular now I can barely elbow my way in to leave a comment! :) Your creation is brilliant and now I’m scanning my neighborhood for those cute little Girl Scouts because I want to buy some overpriced cookies… I tagged you for a meme, love.


  42. On February 21, 2008 at 8:19pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Short (dis)order Cook- Welcome! I’m glad you came by. Hope you enjoyed yourself.
    P.S. Emiline is a sweetie!

    Cakespy- Happy hunting! They will surely be hanging out in front of the grocery stores. I remember manning those cookie booths.

    Aforkful- Lol! Unfortunately, you need the Girl Scouts to get the cookies!

    Jen- Thank you so much! I’ll never be too popular for you, my friend! I’m glad you’re feeling better and are back making the rounds. A meme, huh? Will do!

  43. On February 22, 2008 at 6:49am, Katie said...

    Oh my goodness! Samoas are my favorite and this looks so amazing I almost wanted to shake the screen to get it out. :)

  44. On February 22, 2008 at 9:23am, Bellini Valli said...

    This really does looks sticky gooey delicious. What’s the chance of having a box of Samoa’s sent my way:D I have never had any of these cookies you mention because in Canada they only sell thin mints and the oreo type cookies (vanilla & chocolate). I was even a girl guide leader for about 4 years:D

  45. On February 22, 2008 at 11:39am, superluckykitchen said...

    genius! know i know what to do with all those boxes i bought!

  46. On February 22, 2008 at 12:39pm, Peabody said...

    Holy moly does this look good. I made a Samoas cheesecake once but this puts that to shame!

  47. On February 23, 2008 at 9:08pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Katie-Lol! I’m glad you like it.

    Valli- Don’t worry. Help is on the way!

    Superluckykitchen- That’s why I created the recipe. Otherwise, I would have eaten that whole box myself!

    Peabody- Thanks! I’ll bet your cheesecake was terrific!

  48. On February 23, 2008 at 9:36pm, Tartelette said...

    Susan: don’t worry about links, if I were to include all the people inspiring me that would start to sound like an Oscar speech!! It just reminded me of that sauce and other caramel sauce which go so good with almost anything!

  49. On February 23, 2008 at 10:26pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Helene- You’re sweet. I am just thumping myself on the head because, I should have known you’d have a perfect complementary recipe. Sometimes, I think I’m getting early Alzheimer’s!

  50. On February 24, 2008 at 11:11am, white on rice couple said...

    What?!!! Where has this recipe been all my life! Every year I get suckered (oops, inspired) to helping my local Girl Scout troops in buying their cookies. The samoas are my favorite and all my customers kids hit me up with about 3 boxes each. 3 boxes X 7 girl scouts = $$$$$$ and a sugar rush. Now that I have you AWESOME recipe, I can make plenty of these desserts. Hey! Maybe I can sell it back to the girl scouts for $3 a slice and make all my money back!

  51. On February 24, 2008 at 12:39pm, Anonymous said...

    Oh. My. Gosh. This looks so delicious I want to bite the computer screen. Can’t wait to try it!

  52. On February 24, 2008 at 8:18pm, My Sweet & Saucy said...

    This recipe looks so deadly! I can’t wait to try it! What a wonderful blog you have!

  53. On February 24, 2008 at 11:59pm, Anonymous said...

    Wow…this looks incredible! I can’t wait for my Girl Scout cookies to be delivered – I’m all over this! Thanks for sharing!!

  54. On February 26, 2008 at 8:51pm, Jessica "Su Good Sweets" said...

    Stop it. This looks so good but deadly!

  55. On February 27, 2008 at 1:18pm, Mike of Mike's Table said...

    That looks amazingly delicious. The cookies alone are addictive and probably laced with something, but to package it all up in that amazing looking tart? With these kinds of sweets, the girl scouts are unstoppable. 😮

  56. On February 27, 2008 at 9:03pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    WORCouple- Lol! It’s good to support the Girl Scouts, remember? I get the same thing. They all come around in pairs, so you can’t buy from one and not the other. Then,you don’t want to look cheap by buying only one box, so…$$$$.

    Anonymous-Thanks! Trust me. Wait for the cookies. They taste much better than the computer screen. 😉

    My Sweet & Saucy- Thank you so much. I’m glad you found me!

    Anonymous- Thank you! I hope you ordered some Samoas. 😉

    Jessica- Glad you like it. It’s not that bad. I lived to tell about it!

    Mike- Thank you! I’m glad you like the tart. I’ve been giving the recipe to all of the Girl Scout moms in the neighborhood. I don’t know what we’ll do when cookie season is over!

  57. On March 14, 2008 at 2:15am, Pixie said...

    (coming from val’s post)

    Seriously, is there a way I can buy girl scout cookies via the internet? I miss them so much!!! I used to be a girl scout too and LOVE samoas and the mints. I’m drooling from the thought of it. (please let me know- i am begging you lol)

    thanks pix

  58. On March 18, 2008 at 8:56am, Neen said...

    Oh. my. gosh. That’s too decadent for words! I wish that I had a pack of girl scouts to feed it to, because unfortunately there’s no way that my partner and I could ever finish the whole thing by ourselves! How did you finish it? But, oh, wow.

  59. On April 15, 2008 at 9:28am, Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

    I will have to hunt down some girl scouts….this cheese tart is a must have.

  60. On January 04, 2009 at 8:05pm, M said...

    It’s that time of the year again! I will be linking to this post! Looks delicious.

  61. On January 08, 2009 at 1:46am, Katie said...

    Thank you for this insanely good recipe! I included it in my blog post here. I must try this!

  62. On January 26, 2009 at 6:47pm, jeanne said...

    For the dulce de leche are you talking about the Girl Scout cookie Dulce de leche (its new)?????

  63. On January 26, 2009 at 6:58pm, jeanne said...

    For the dulce de leche I ‘JUST’ read the notes you have regarding the process of making it and see what you use…I had just brought the recipe up online when my Granddaughter called to sell me Girl Scout Cookies and she told me that one of the new kinds this year are Dulce de Leche and I thought that’s what the recipe was calling for instead. Sorry for my earlier post asking what you use.
    Can’t wait to try this!

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    Haha, mayyybe I exeagargted just a bit about working at it for a half-hour. It was probably more like 15 mins, and I think the only reason I finally got it to mix with the sugar was because it was no longer cold! I’ll probably just try mixing it by hand next time because my hand mixer also made the pieces fly around like crazy. In any case, I thought I seriously messed up and was about to just chuck the whole batch, but my bf convinced me to go ahead and bake it, and good thing I did because they did bake OK! And they were good!Thanks for the super fast response btw, wow!P.S. I just spent about a half hour reading through the comments and laughing at the tight-asses who can’t handle a couple of swear words. Ironically, most of those people don’t seem to have a basic understanding of grammar, which, in my opinion, is a much bigger offense than a little fuck there and a little shit here.

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