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Samoa Shortbread Bars

on March 29, 2015

Welcome to part 2 of my Samoa cookie recipe comparison! After my first try, I wasn’t super satisfied with the results so I browsed Pinterest for another recipe to try and came upon this Samoa Shortbread Bar recipe 🙂 I was much happier with the results!

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Please excuse all the terrible iPhone pics – I made these bars in a rush 😛 Start with your ingredients for the shortbread:

IMG_9945Combine them together to make a dough-

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And press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

IMG_9950Meanwhile, start toasting your coconut flakes until they’re nicely golden brown.

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And now for the sticky part – melting the caramel! I don’t like melting in my microwave and I don’t have metal or glass mixing bowls to make a double boiler, so I generally do this method of putting ceramic bowls in a pan of water and boiling it lol.

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It took about 13 minutes to melt the caramel down to the consistency I needed.

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Then mix with the toasted coconut

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And spread it evenly over the baked shortbread. Press the topping down onto the shortbread to make sure it really sticks together.

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Wait for everything to cool a little and then cut it. I used a large knife but even then the shortbread crumbled a bit and I broke some pieces 😦 But it was fixable! Now it’s time to make the chocolate part! Melt the chocolate in the same way as the caramels (or something easier if that’s available to you)

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I used a spoon to smear the chocolate on the bottom of each bar and put them on parchment paper.

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And instead of drizzling the chocolate on top, I just kinda smeared the tops with some chocolate too 🙂

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I ended up cutting each bar in half to make smaller pieces. With some of the pieces that broke, I used the chocolate sauce to “glue” them back together, and it mostly worked! And I liked this recipe much more than the first one I tried. Big hit! 🙂

Happy baking~!

Yenny

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