No Bake Samoa Cheesecake
This No Bake Samoa Cheesecake is the perfect treat to cure your girl scout cookie desires! It’s full of caramel, cookies, coconut and chocolate – all the wonderful flavors of a Samoa girl scout cookie. And you don’t even need any of the actual cookies – so you can make this all year long!
This really might be my new favorite dessert! It is so good, it was hard to not take a fork to it and eat the whole thing on my own. Pictures were torture.
It’s a good thing I made it a couple days before my parents came into town. We got together with my brother and his family for dinner at home and I brought this out for dessert. It was a massive hit with everyone! Lots of satisfied moaning and groaning was going on.
I mean, would you just look at the delicious caramel on top…I could eat it with a spoon!
And this no bake cheesecake is SO easy to make.
To start, you’re going to toast the coconut. Super easy. Just spread about a cup of coconut flakes out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and toast it in the oven for about 5-10 minutes.
While that cools, mix together the cream cheese, sugars and extracts. I used some brown sugar to add a little bit of that cookie flavor.
And you don’t need much of the coconut extract to get a good coconut flavor so I used 1/2 tsp in addition to the vanilla extract. Stir three quarters of the toasted coconut, some caramel and the vanilla wafers into the cheesecake filling.
To add the rest of the caramel to the filling, add the filling to the crust in three parts. Pour some of the caramel on top of the filling after each addition, then swirl it lightly with a knife.
The caramel loosens up the cream cheese mixture a bit, making it less thick than some cheesecakes. So if you prefer a thicker cheesecake, you can cut back on the caramel in the filling.
To finish off the cheesecake, add the remaining toasted coconut, mini chocolate chips and caramel and chocolate sauce. Delish!
A note about the coconut in this recipe. Sometimes I’m not really a huge fan of using coconut flakes because it can taste kind of like eating paper. In the case of this recipe though, that is not an issue. It adds flavor and texture, but it never seemed paper-y to me. Yay! So if that’s something that bothers you too, have no fear!
This cheesecake really is the bomb. It’s a good thing you don’t need the actual girl scout cookies, because you’ll want to make this all year long.
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