Girl Scout-inspired: Very Susua Samoa Cookie Cake feeds the whole troop
Girl Scout cookies have a mystique about them, like something forbidden. They only come once a year and then they disappear, leaving you wondering why you just can't find a cookie quite like them anywhere else. This year, revel in their goodness by accentuating all the good things about them and turning them into a full-fledged dessert the whole family can enjoy together.
Susua means delicious in the Samoan language, and this Girl Scout cookie cake is very susua. That is how this recipe earned its name.
VERY SUSUA SAMOA COOKIE CAKE
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 can of dulce de leche, or make your own (see Note below)
1 box of Samoas, crushed
1/2 cup coconut shavings
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the yellow cake according to the box instructions and pour into a greased 9-by-13-inch cake pan. On top, and before cooking, sprinkle the crushed Samoas, the chocolate chips and the coconut shavings. Then bake according to box instructions. Make sure you do the toothpick test, to see if the cake is done.
As soon as it comes out of the oven, drizzle with the dulce de leche in your best artistic fashion (I would not use the whole can, it might be a bit much). Save some of it instead, and serve with dulce de leche shortbread cookies, like a cookie sandwich, and roll the edges in some leftover coconut.
Once you're done drizzling, let the cake cool on top of the fridge. This last step is crucial, trust me, because you don't want anyone else to see it and eat it before you do.
Note: To make dulce de leche, take wrapper off one can of sweetened condensed milk and cook in a pot of simmering water for 3 hours. Once it cools, you're in business.
Silvina Niccum is a speculative Christian fiction writer, a wife, a homeschooling mother of three and a native Argentine. Her website is www.sbniccum.com