Samoa Cheesecake

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Samoa Cheesecake

This is my last Girl Scout cookie recipe. I wanted to go out with a bang!

Every time I bake a cheesecake on the blog, people seem to really enjoy it. If you think about it, that makes sense. Very few people in life don’t want cheesecake.

Especially when it’s filled with Samoas. There is Girl Scout cookie goodness through and through, from the cheesecake to the topping! I’ve gone rogue on this thing.

Samoa Cheesecake

Last week, I had the flu. Or at least, that’s what it felt like. I’m still not sure because I will go to great lengths before I ever let anyone give me a flu test again.

Have you ever had a flu test? They take this implement and shove it very far up your nose. I have a hard time describing the level of discomfort (translate: pain) that is involved with this test. First of all, that region is usually sensitive and congested anyway, and anything being stuck up there is massively unpleasant.

Samoa Cheesecake

Let me put it this way: I might rather give birth yet again than have a flu test. It’s much more comfortable. And that’s without the epidural.

Maybe that seems hyperbolic, but I swear it’s not. In fact, here’s a list of things I’d rather do than take a flu test ever again:

  • Get five flu shots in a row in a 10-minute period
  • Fast for a day (no food or water)
  • Watch an episode ofΒ Keeping Up With the KardashiansΒ (oh torture)
  • Ask my daughter to pull my hair even harder than she already does while she’s playing hairdresser
  • Eat an entire box of stale Cheez-Its (and I don’t even like fresh ones)

And the list goes on and on!

Samoa Cheesecake

In fact, the flu test is worse than actually having the flu. So now you know how I feel and we can talk about cheesecake.

This one is just happiness. It’s creamy, full of Samoa bits, and topped with more Samoas. Oh, and coconut, caramel, and some hot fudge. Yesssssss.

Samoa Cheesecake

I brought this to work to give to my friend who loves Samoas. She foolishly put the cake out on a communal table and turned around for about five seconds. When she turned back, the cheesecake was gone. Hey, finders keepers!

You’re going to love this, unless you have the flu. Then you can freeze it and eat it later. But for all you well kids out there, cheesecake away. And remember, when the time comes: the flu test is massively sucky, and it won’t take away your flu. But this cheesecake will be waiting for you when you recover!


Samoa Cheesecake


1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
Cheesecake Filling
3 packages (24 oz.) low-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 package Samoas, chopped
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup caramel topping
1 cup hot fudge topping (at room temperature)
1/2 package Samoas, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and melted butter until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumb mixture into the prepared pan, pressing firmly into the bottom and slightly up the sides.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes,
  4. While the crust is baking, beat the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the yogurt and vanilla and beat again. Finally, add the eggs and beat until just incorporated. Fold in the chopped Samoas.
  5. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 50 minutes. Do not open the oven door while baking.
  6. When the cheesecake is done, turn the oven off and crack the oven door. When the oven has cooled, remove the cheesecake and let it cool completely.
  7. Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight.
  8. Make the topping. Using a star tip, pipe hot fudge around the cake in even swirls. Top each swirl with a chopped Samoa. Fill the top of the cake with sweetened coconut and pour the caramel topping onto the coconut.
  9. Cut into wedges. Store chilled.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    The last of the girl scout recipes, already? πŸ™ This looks amazing! I mean hello, cheesecake with caramel. What could possibly go wrong. Delicious!
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    1. Mir

      If I had my way, I’d bake with the cookies all year. But at some point, I have to stop buying boxes. Thanks, Vivian!

  2. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Oh my gosh! I would definitely avoid a flu test too! But I definitely wouldn’t avoid this cheesecake – I mean who could say no to a slice of this amazingness πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re feeling better!
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    1. Mir

      I have never said no to a slice of cheesecake. They’re always worth it!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that didn’t like cheesecake, especially when it’s filled with samoa goodness! This sounds delicious, Mir! I’ll take a huge slice for breakfast, please!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, this would make a great breakfast. Too bad everyone ate it!

  4. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Oh NO on the flu test, and the flu, and everything else with that word in it. (And I am right there with you on the Cheez-Its.) You totally deserve to eat this entire delectable Girl Scout extravaganza All By Yourself, Mir. Hang in there and happy Monday/happy Spring!! xo
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    1. Mir

      I love that you’re with me on the Cheez-Its. Because people think I’m crazy not to love them, and I AM NOT. πŸ™‚

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have never had a flu test, but it really doesn’t sound enjoyable at all!
    I have never met someone that didn’t like cheesecake and to be honest I am not sure that I would believe them if they said that.
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    1. Mir

      It’s worse than having the flu, Dannii. I would not recommend!

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Oh no, I’m so sorry you were sick last week! I certainly hope you are feeling better, Mir! I’ve never had a flu test, but from what you describe obviously I’m not missing out. πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep my nostrils free of obtrusive objects, thank you very much. Hopefully you stayed home and ate all of this samoa cheesecake, because I can imagine THAT would make anyone feel better… or at least forget they are feeling like crap for a bit. This looks FABULOUS! Samoa cookies all throughout a cheesecake?! Um sign me up… or at least let me imagine I am signed up to devour this beauty in its entirety! SO MUCH YUM! Cheers, girlie and feel better!! <3
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    1. Mir

      Yep, no sticking things up the nostrils. Not a good thing. Better to wait for cheesecake!

  7. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better. I’ve actually never had a flu test. I had no idea they even did that. Ugh! THIS cheesecake. There’s really never a time when I don’t want cheesecake. And pairing it with my favorite girl scout cookie? I’m sure I could make this disappear!
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    1. Mir

      I can eat cheesecake all day, every day. But I wouldn’t. But I could. πŸ™‚

  8. Amanda

    That flu test sounds absolutely awful. Yuck.
    I feel like I’ve stepped into a dream looking at this cheesecake. I’m the woman who covets samoas like Gollum covets the one ring, so this needs to be in my life. Holy delicious!
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    1. Mir

      It’s just kind of nasty. But this cheesecake? Holy Gollum! It’s precious. πŸ™‚

  9. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    Samoa Cheesecake?! My dreams are coming true. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Mine too, Jennifer. Thanks!!

  10. Manali @ CookWithManali

    ouch that test sounds awful, sorry you had to go through it! But I am happy you had this cheesecake to cheer up! Looks delicious! Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      It did cheer me up. Yay cheesecake!

  11. Rahul

    I am a big fan of Girl Scout cookies. This cheesecake look absolutely beautiful

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Rahul! I’m a big fan, too!

  12. mira

    Hope you are feeling better Mir, never had a flu test, but it doesn’t sound like a pleasant experience! Love GS cookies and the flavors of this cheesecake ar perfect! Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Nope, cheesecake is much more fun than the flu test. πŸ™‚

  13. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Wow, this cheesecake is a work of art! Definitely the way to navigate flu season πŸ™‚ Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha. I couldn’t agree more!

  14. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I’ve never even heard of a flu test?! oh my goodness! Well, I hope you are feeling better! Dang, yes, way to go out with a bang with this cheesecake! Samoas are one of my faves! this is samoa cheesecake heaven!!!

    1. Mir

      Alice, don’t do it. I swear, it’s pointless. They torture you just to confirm you have the flu, but they can’t DO anything to help you feel better. So just say no!

  15. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Thanks for the heads up on the flu test – no thank you! I could eat this entire cake. Kidding. Not kidding. Delish!!
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    1. Mir

      I had to bring it to work so I wouldn’t eat it all, Annie!

  16. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Okay, I’m adding that to the list of things I never want to have happen to me. YUCK! Jordan had some sort of virus flu a few weeks ago and it was the WORST. I hope you’re feeling better! This cheesecake, girl. Why aren’t you my neighbor!!????
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    1. Mir

      It would be so cool if we were neighbors and then we could swap dessert. I’m glad Jordan is better!

  17. Psychic Nest

    I never had a flu test before but ouch, that sounds really bad! As for the cake, yes cheesecake is amazing and that’s why it’s one of the most beloved ones! I will try the recipe, thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Mir

      It’s pretty bad. Thanks, Zaria!

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