Samoas Chocolate Donuts

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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!

A decadent Samoa Chocolate Donut recipe - homemade donuts made like the famous Girl Guide Samoas cookies.

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.)

How to make delicious Samoa-inspired chocolate donuts - a decadent brunch treat or donut party food

Ingredients for Homemade Samoa Donuts

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: you can replace the chocolate cake mix with your favorite homemade cake recipe.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Donut pan <– this two-pack will make the process of baking these donuts fast and easy
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • 2 microwave-safe bowls
  • Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe
  • 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!

Copycat Girl Guide Samoa recipe with a twist - these Samoa Chocolate Cake Donuts are a special treat any time of the year

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.

How to make chocolate cake mix donuts

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.

How to make chocolate cake mix donuts

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.

How to make chocolate cake mix donuts

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.

How to make chocolate cake mix donuts

Let the topping set completely before eating or packaging.

 

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The best homemade donuts you will ever taste - these Samoa Chocolate Donuts are topped with crunchy, sweet caramel-coconut topping and drizzled with coconut oil-spiked chocolate for a delicious dessert that's even better than the original Samoas cookies

Grab your free printable for our decadent Samoa-inspired dessert donuts:

Yield: 16 donuts

Samoas Chocolate Donuts

Samoas Chocolate Donuts

A decadent Samoa Chocolate Donut recipe - homemade donuts made like the famous Girl Guide Samoas cookies.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • PLUS cake mix ingredients called for on the box
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1-2 Tablespoons coffee cream, optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly grease your donut pan and set aside.
  3. Make your chocolate cake mix according to package directions and fill the donut pan indentation halfway with the cake mix.
  4. 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.
  5. While the donuts are cooling, prepare the caramel-coconut mixture.
  6. Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until completely combined.
  8. Take off of the heat and add the vanilla and coconut, adjusting with a bit of cream if needed.
  9. Top each donut with 2-3 Tablespoons of the caramel-coconut mixture.
  10. 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.
  11. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel-coconut layer.
  12. Let the topping set completely before eating or packaging.
  13. Makes 24.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 2g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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How to make chocolate cake mix donuts like a Girl Guide Copycat recipe

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!

For more delicious chocolate recipes, check out our healthy chocolate trail mix melts recipe or our easy hot chocolate pudding recipe.

https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/kids-kitchen-healthy-trail-mix-chocolates/

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