If there’s one complaint that can be made about Girl Guide cookies, it’s that they aren’t available year-round, leaving those of us with “unseasonal” cookie cravings wanting. If you’re a Samoa fan like me, these homemade Samoa Chocolate Donuts are the perfect year-round solution to your cravings!
For this Samoa donut recipe, I went with a chocolate cake donut (make from a chocolate cake mix) and topped it with homemade coconut-caramel and drizzled with melted chocolate.
You can use store-bought caramel sundae syrup in place of the homemade, but I find it doesn’t harden as nicely as the homemade stuff does.
And of course, you can make your chocolate cake batter from scratch but the real hero of this recipe is that crunchy, sweet caramel-coconut topping. (You could probably even top store-bought donuts with that toppings and still have a crowd pleaser on your hands.)
This samoa-inspired dessert is perfect for an indulgent brunch, an unexpected party treat, or just a fun dessert to enjoy with friends and family. One of these served with a cup of coffee would make even the loudest, messiest playdate bearable!
(And if you’re more of a “thin mints person” we have this delicious Thin Mints cupcake recipe on our sister site, In the Kids’ Kitchen.)
Ingredients for Homemade Samoa Donuts
- Chocolate cake mix
- PLUS cake mix ingredients called for on the box
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
- 1-2 Tablespoons coffee cream, optional
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil or shortening
Tip: you can replace the chocolate cake mix with your favorite homemade cake recipe.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Donut pan
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- 2 microwave-safe bowls
- Cooling rack
- Small saucepan
You absolutely need that donut pan for making these cake donuts. I’ve tried several hacks to avoid buying a donut pan and they just don’t turn out as well. It pays for itself within the first use!
How to Make Easy Samoa Chocolate Donuts
Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly grease your donut pan and set aside.
Make your chocolate cake mix according to package directions and fill the donut pan indentation halfway with the cake mix.
Bake for 15-18 minutes (until the donuts are firm and fully formed) and allow to cool in the pan for one minute before turning out onto the cooling rack.
While the donuts are cooling, prepare the caramel-coconut mixture.
Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until completely combined.
Take off of the heat and add the vanilla and coconut, adjusting with a bit of cream if needed.
Top each donut with 2-3 Tablespoons of the caramel-coconut mixture.
Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 25 seconds, stir well, and then reheat as necessary until completely melted.
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel-coconut layer.
Let the topping set completely before eating or packaging.
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These Samoas Chocolate Donuts were such a hit, I’ll definitely be experimenting with adding that caramelized coconut topping on lots of other fun desserts in the future!