Don't say I didn't warn you!
When I saw that Constance from Cosmopolitan Cornbread picked coconut as the theme for Sunday Supper I tossed around a lot of ideas. I've been wanting to work on some coconut cream pie bars, so that was certainly tempting. I had some ideas for a few dips and of course coconut shrimp sounded delicious. I was headed to the grocery store and needed to make the decision. I HATE making decisions when everything is sounding so good. I want to make it ALLLLLLLL! Then I hit on it. One of Matt's favorite Girl Scout cookies is the Samoa. He buys a couple of boxes each year and that is coming from my supposed non-sweet eating husband. But what could I do to mimic the crunch, caramel, coconut, chocolate and shortbread?
Then genius hit! (I know, I'm feeling extra humble today!)
What if I took Jenny's Smacky Delicious Mix and added a coconut twist. Mmmm, yeah. That's good. Of course a chocolate drizzle would be easy enough, but I still wanted some of that butter shortbread flavor and mouth feel. Time was getting away from me and I needed to get to the store. So Jax and I went with a mission; complete the grocery list and fill in the whole in this great Samoa plan that was coming together. We wandered and thought and thought and wandered. Then like a beacon of light, there they were. Fudge striped shortbread cookies... aaaaah! It was perfect.
So I did what you do when you start with an idea, you go for it and hope for the best. I wasn't quite sure how the coconut would act in the microwave, so I waffled on that part of the recipe a few times. Then I just went for it. It looked good and smelled lovely, but I stayed out of it as I was taking pictures. Matt came through and grabbed a bite. I asked how it was, but he didn't say much. On his way back through the room he grabbed another. That's when I knew I was on to something.
I brought a gallon bag of it to my parents' for family dinner that night and it disappeared. Everyone who tried it loved it. That non-sweet eating husband of mine even got himself a little bowl of it for breakfast. I am still working on picking my jaw up off the floor!
What are your favorite coconut recipes? The Sunday Supper team put together some great recipes for today's posts. Be sure to look below the recipe for a lot of great ideas!
Samoa Smacky Delicious Mix
12 oz box crispy hexagon cereal
1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
13 oz package fudge striped shortbread cookies, broken into pieces
- Prepare a place to cool the snack mix by placing a couple of sheets of wax paper on the counter. Sprinkle broken cookies over the wax paper.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, toss together cereal and coconut. Set aside.
- In a large sauce pan (make sure you leave plenty of room for the mixture to bubble up), melt the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
- Pour caramel over the cereal and coconut and stir to coat. Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir again. Repeat two more times, for a total of 6 minutes in the microwave.
- Pour cereal mix over prepared wax paper. Spread out over the cookie chunks. Allow to cool completely before storing in a airtight container.
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