Magic Samoas Layer Bars

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

These Magic Samoas Bars have all the chewy caramel coconut chocolate cookie goodness you love in Girl Scout Cookies! Easy layer bars in just 30 minutes.

Five Layer Bars are one of the easiest Snack Recipes that kids of all ages love! They are chewy, sweet delicious cookie bars that you can make so many ways. These Girl Scout cookie inspired bars are great for summer!

Magic Samoas Layer Bars in stack


No need to wait for cookie selling troops to appear outside the grocery store the next time you are craving their popular Samoa cookies. Depending on your pantry, you can make these bars for less than a box of Girl Scout Cookies and you don’t have to leave your house. Plus there’s no temptation to buy more boxes than you actually need!

This recipe for Magic Samoas Bars uses basic baking ingredients to make a tasty snack that doesn’t break the bank. Ingredients like caramels, shredded coconut, and condensed milk have a long shelf life so you can buy them in bulk. If you like to bake, you probably already have most of these ingredients on hand.

Pantry Friendly!

Sweetened condensed milk is a baker’s best friend. You can use it in so many recipes to give moisture, act as a binder, and you can easily turn it into caramel sauce. Not to mention, it’s extremely inexpensive! Keep a few cans on hand for whenever you are craving sweets like Coconut Macaroons, Magic Cookie Bars, or these sweet Magic Samoas Layer Bars.

One of the best things about these rich and chewy Magic Samoas Layer Bars is that they can feed crowd! They are super sweet just like those famous Girl Scout Cookies, so you only need a little bit to satisfy your sweet tooth. They travel well and you can serve them straight from the pans so they make a great party or potluck dessert.

You can make Magic Samoa Bars in advance and keep them in the refrigerator for up to one week. They are best served at room temperature, but make sure they don’t get too warm. All that caramel and chocolate can turn too gooey in the hot sun, so keep them in a cooler until you are ready to serve at cook outs and picnics.

These sweet Magic Samoa Bars are packed with flavor and can be served just how they are. But for even more caramel goodness, drizzle these Magic Samoas Layer Bars with Salted Caramel Sauce. If you need more chocolate in your life (who doesn’t) top them with Chocolate Ganache!


Samoas Layer Bars in baking pan before baking


    • Caramels: If you have extra time, you should use these Homemade Salted Caramels. They are so easy and much better than any store bought caramel candy!
    • Cookie Crust: Use shortbread cookies, Oreos, graham crackers or other hard wafer cookies to make the cookie crust. For a Girl Scout mashup, use leftover Thin Mints!
    • Chocolate Chips: Swap in any of your favorite chocolate chip flavors like dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips instead of chocolate morsels.
    • Magic Samoas Bites: Prepare these in a mini muffin pan to make these into bite sized magic bars. Line muffin tin with paper liners and press cookie crust into each muffin cup. Divide the rest of the ingredients evenly and bake for 14-16 minutes or until firm.



  • Serve: Keep these Magic Samoas Bars at room temperature up to 3 days in an airtight container or plastic storage bag.
  • Store: Refrigerate Magic Samoas Layer Bars in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Set on the counter for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Freeze: You can freeze Magic Samoas Bars for up to 2 months. Arrange cooled bars in freezer safe bag in a single layer with the bag flat (so they don’t stick) and freeze. Thaw at room temperature overnight.

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Magic Samoas Layer Bars

These Magic Samoas Bars have all the chewy caramel coconut chocolate cookie goodness you love in Girl Scout Cookies! Easy layer bars in just 30 minutes.
Yield 24
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 20 caramels , quartered
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded sweetened coconut


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 inch baking pan with baking spray.
  • Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and butter.
  • Press vanilla wafer mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
  • Layer evenly with chocolate chips, caramels and coconut.
  • Press down firmly with a fork.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool completely before cutting and serve at room temperature.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Magic Samoas Layer Bars

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I love the versatility of magic bars. You can add what you have in your pantry. This combo is delicious! I will definitely make it again.

  2. Such an easy delicious treat! I need a quick dessert for a crowd for the upcoming holiday so I’m making a double batch! Thanks!

  3. Not only are these layer bars delicious, they only take a few ingredients so you can keep them on hand and have them whenever you want.

  4. We made these over the weekend and they were incredible! They are definitely a new family favorite!