Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies

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My favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Samoa. Chocolate…Coconut…Caramel….mmm, what’s not to love? This time of year, it’s easy to find Girl Scout Cookies. But what to do the other 11 months out of the year? This is  very big issue in my mind.

So I came up with this brownie recipe, which has only 5 ingredients, all of which are pantry ingredients. Which in my mind is perfect for trips. I mean, how easy is it when you are staying in a little condo at the beach or mountains to whip this recipe up….because after all, you need snacks on vacation, right?

Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies

Even better, you can convince yourself that this recipe is slightly more healthy than a typical brownie dish, since it has pumpkin in it, and we all know that pumpkin is full of vitamins A and C, right. (You can ignore that I’m adding extra calories with the coconut and caramel and let me cling to my illusions, ok? These are healthy brownies…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

Just a note, these brownies are more fudgy and less cake-like. I like them that way. But if you prefer cake-like brownies, you may have to forgo all the health benefits of the pumpkin and make your brownies according to the box directions and then sprinkle the caramel and coconut on top.

Secret Ingredient Samoas Brownies

1 family size box brownie mix
1 can pumpkin
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 cups coconut
Approximately 8 oz. caramel ice cream topping

Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350. Line 9x13 glass dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Mix brownie mix, pumpkin, and chocolate chips until combined. Spread in baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean.

Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies Baking

For last 5-10 minutes, place coconut in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Stir every 5 minutes until toasted.

Toasted Coconut

Let brownies cool for 5 minutes. Spread coconut on top. Drizzle caramel topping on top.

Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies in pan

Try to wait until cool to cut and eat! Yum!

Secret Ingredient Samoa Brownies 2

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  1. Those look yummy! I'm in the mood for brownies now. lol

  2. These look amazing. I get sick of plain brownies, which sounds crazy to some. I think they need a little something and this is a lot of something. My husband is making these for me!

  3. These sound interesting. I'm going to give them a try.

  4. Oh my goodness, yum! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Talk about mouth watering photos - these look to die for!!!
    Visiting from Shabby Nest,

  6. Wow! Those look amazing! I pinned to try them later! Thanks for sharing.

  7. These look super tasty! Yum!
    Morgaine from

  8. These look really good and easy to make! Thanks for sharing:)

  9. These look awesome! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  10. Hi Rachel! I found your blog thru the Sunday Scoop Link Party! These bars look super delicious! Great job!


  11. These look so good and are for sure healthy in my book, too! Will have to try them! Thanks for sharing at this week's Monday Funday link party!

    Take care,


  12. YUMMM! It's practically a health food! :) Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  13. Mmmm! This looks easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe and I pinned it for later! I love coconut! Julia @

  14. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #67!

  15. I'm doing late night browsing and now I'm hungry ;) I love chocolate & coconut....running to the kitchen now!