{No-Bake} Samoa Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

These easy no-bake cereal bars combine the beloved caramel, chocolate and coconut flavors of the Samoa Girl Scout cookies with peanut butter.

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It’s that time of year again! Samoas are by far my favorite and to me the best Girl Scout cookies!

I am such a fan of anything with toasted coconut so when you combine that with caramel and chocolate – it’s a match made in heaven to me ❤


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There are tons of homemade Samoa cookie versions floating around the web which I have tried and love but I knew that I wanted to incorporate these beloved flavors into a no-bake bar version.


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The base of the bars is a combination of rice cereal, honey graham cereal and creamy peanut butter.

The topping is a layer of toasted coconut, caramel sauce and chocolate ganache.  And just like the girl scout cookie, the bottoms are also dipped in chocolate ganache.

So you basically get that sweet and saltiness plus everything you love about Samoa cookies in one delicious no-bake treat!

They are incredibly decadent and addictive which makes them perfect for sharing because you may just be tempted to polish off the entire batch by yourself 😉


Yields 12-16

{No-Bake} Samoa Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Samoa Peanut Butter Cereal bars combine the beloved caramel, chocolate and coconut flavors of the popular girl scout cookies with peanut butter, Rice Krispies and Golden Grahams cereal.

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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2/3 cup smooth peanut butter, I used Skippy Natural

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies or your favorite rice cereal

1 cup Golden Grahams or your favorite honey grahams cereal

1 1/4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted, divided

1 cup caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought

For the chocolate ganache

2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped semi-sweet chocolate

1/3 cup of heavy cream


  1. Line 9x9 inch square pan with parchment paper or foil lightly coated with cooking spray
  2. In a large pot, heat honey over medium heat until boiled. Remove from heat and immediately sitr in peanut butter until completely combined. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Gently stir in both cereals and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut until completely coated with peanut butter mixture.
  4. Press FIRMLY into the prepared pan.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the toasted coconut evenly over the bars. Pour caramel sauce over and sprinkle the remaining coconut on top.
  6. Chill in the freezer until the bars set - around 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  7. To make the Chocolate Ganache:
  8. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl; set aside.
  9. Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and allow to sit for 10 seconds before stirring with a spoon. Allow to sit and cool slightly before using.
  10. To Assemble Bars:
  11. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut chilled bars into equal squares. Dip the bottom of each bar into the chocolate ganache and lay upside down on the lined cookie sheet allowing the chocolate to set and dry. Repeat with remaining bars. Place the tray in the freezer or fridge to set quicker.
  12. Once the chocolate has set, turn the bars over and using two separate ziptop bags with the corner cut off - drizzle the top of the bars with caramel sauce and melted chocolate or chocolate ganache.

Luckily for me, I am passing them off to Lindsey over at American Heritage Cooking to help me finish them off.  Head on over to hear to more about Lindsey’s culinary adventures and be prepared to drool over everything that Lindsey makes!

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Lovely comments

  1. Marion - Make This Dish says:

    I LOVE that these are no-bake! Samoas are my favorite too! These look amazing, Kelly

  2. Oh, Kelly…these Samoa bars of yours would be totally dangerous over at our house! They look sublime and your styling and photography really shines here, my friend. Thank you for sharing and it is so nice of you to help out our friend, Linds, while she’s busy in pastry school in NYC. Have a wonderful week!
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  3. Wow, these are the ultimate cereal bars! I love that they are rich, decadent and slightly crunchy! Heading over to Lindsey’s blog to check out the recipe.
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Lemon Garlic Shrimp

  4. These look amazing! I love samoas and I love the twist you’ve put on them here :)

  5. Oh, gosh. You really did it now, girl. Samoas are pretty much just my ULTIMATE weakness and I am swooning over how incredible these look! And no bake too? Um, I’m sold. Hopping over to grab the recipe for these beauties!
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  6. I love the height, not to mention flavors and textures, of these bars! There is something special about bar desserts and these look exceptional! Have a great week!

  7. These bars look absolutely delicious, Kelly!! And I love that they are no bake!! I think that samoas must be just an American things because I’ve never had them (or I just live under a rock lol)!! They sound absolutely delicious from the toasted coconut to the chocolate to the caramel! Yuumm!!!
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  8. No Bake Samoas! Oh my goodness. These look delicious. You’re such a good friend to encourage Lindsey to work towards her dreams and to whip up these bars. :)

  9. No-bake Samoas bars? Call me sold! I’m not usually a fan of toasted coconut, but I can scarf down an entire box of Samoas in no time. Your bars look incredibly easy to make, and it would be difficult for me to not want to each the whole batch in one sitting!

  10. You are not kidding, Kelly – these bars not only look incredibly addictive – but sound freaking fantastic! I am heading over to Lindsey’s to grab the recipe!

  11. These are amazing, Kelly! And they’re even better that they are no bake. Yay for Lindsey chasing her dreams. She is lucky to have such amazing friends to support her along this new journey. You’re awesome, Kelly!

  12. Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookies, too! This bars look so delicious, Kelly! I absolutely love your creativity. These would make such a perfect breakfast or snack. Pinned!
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  13. Girl, you had me at no bake. You are such a great friend to support Lindsay in the pursuit of her culinary dreams! I’m headed over to grab the recipe.
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  14. After a hard day of class, I bet Lindsey was thrilled to have these waiting for her. This is the kind of snack I would love to be greeted with after a tiring day in class. Best wishes to Lindsey in this next adventure in her life.
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  15. I love no bake cereal bars and used to make them very often…these look terrific, Kelly.

  16. Wow, these sound epic. I love making my own cereal bars, as it is nice t know exactly what is in them.
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  17. Kelly, these bars look so amazing — that was so nice of you to create these for Lindsey! Your photos are gorgeous, and these look so much better than regular old samoas!
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  18. Kelly, oh my gawd. . no bake samoa peanut butter cereal bars?!!! love!!! heading over now!! and I had no idea Lindsey is attending pastry school!! wow!!! so cool!
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  19. Ahhh I miss living in the States and getting all those different flavours of Girl Scout cookies! Mmm, I wish I had tried baking them into bars like this when I was a kid and selling them!
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  20. Never had Samoa cookies/desserts before, or bars for that matter.. but the ingredient list sounds amazing and they look great. It just makes me incredibly curious about their final taste.
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  21. Oh my goodness, Kelly! You keep doing this to me! I’m not supposed to want dessert before dinner! My mouth is watering with the peanut butter and caramel combination you’ve got going on here!
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  22. This is such a great, creative idea Kelly! Love samoa cookies and these bars are something I must try! Heading over to Lindsay’s blog to check the recipe out!
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  23. I seriously cannot thank you enough for doing this post, Kelly! These bars are just what I want to be eating right now! Scheduling this post this weekend, it took everything in my power not to make a batch all for myself (you know I already have too many sweets in my life!). The photos are absolutely stunning! XOXOXOXXO

  24. Oh my gosh these bars are so tempting! I can’t get over how thick and generous they are, and all those fabulous Samoa flavors are just wow. You are so sweet to make these for your friend! Clicking right over to check out the recipe- right after I pin!
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  25. I am totally with you. Samoas are the BEST, mostly because of the toasted coconut, but also — chocolate and caramel. You just can’t go wrong! I love this twist on such an awesome flavor combo!
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  26. Oh my lanta Kelly! These bars … I have no words. Except that I need em asap! Those thick layers look amazing. And I love no bakes, they cannot be beat!

  27. These might take the title of top cereal bars Kelly. I mean what’s not to love, they are perfect!!!!
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  28. I’ve never had a samoa cookie before, but you just convinced me that I need to! Or at the very least, make these bars. Those look absolutely amazing! Pinned!
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  29. These look so ridiculously good. I think they would be easy to vegan-ize too! Yay!
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  30. Oh my you taunt me with these delicious-ness. Kelly, you really are amazing. I swear I just want to come live at your house so I can eat well!

  31. Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookies too! I hide a box for myself from the rest of the family. I love no-bake recipes, they make my life so much easier! xo
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  32. Drooling over these! Samoas are my favorite GS cookie so I know I’d love these! Bonus for being no bake!

  33. Awesome, Kelly! Samoas were my sister’s favorite and now they’re mine, as well. Love that you made them into bars – I’m such an advocate of beautiful bar desserts because they’re so easy to make – just slice and serve!
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    • Samoas and Thin Mints seem to be everyone’s favorite. I adore Tagalongs too :) Bars are perfect for serving, thanks Lisa, hope you have a great week!

  34. Wowza Kelly! These bars are simply amazing! I love how it’s no-bake too. Samoa’s are something I haven’t attempted yet (I need to) but I see so delicious recipes like yours.
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  35. Samoas are my absolute favorite Girl Scout cookies so I know I would love these bars – they look SO so good! And major plus that they’re no-bake!

  36. These are incredibly Kelly! Such an amazingly whimsical idea!
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  37. Samoas are my favorite. Can’t wait to gather the ingredients for this!
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  38. Just look at how amazing that peanut butter bar looks. So delicious

  39. That’s amazing that you made a girl scout cookie inspired cereal bar! I’m drooling at these babies.

  40. Oh my goodness, these bars would be dangerous at my house!!! They look soooo good Kelly! Want to send me one right now for dessert??? :)
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    • Thanks Ashley, they are pretty dangerous. Haha I would totally send you some but I shipped them all off with the husband to work the next day :)

  41. I saw these on instagram last night before going to bed and wanted one so bad!!! They look amazing! Love that they are no bake! Great job Kelly! Pinned!
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  42. These look so good Kelly – I used to love Samoa’s as a kid – these are like a grown-up version – beautiful pics!

  43. THOSE look like utter perfection!!! Seriously, those photos, I want to eat my computer!
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  44. These bars are just full of so many of my favorite things! I love that they are no bake! Golden Grahams is one of my favorite cereals when I want to indulge, and you are so smart to add them to a no-bake bar!
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    • You are so sweet :) I adore Golden Grahams too and it was great since I didn’t have to add much sweeteners to the bars and they went so well with the peanut butter. Thanks so much Kristine!

  45. Hubba hubba! I refuse to buy samoas because I will eat the WHOLE BOX. In one sitting. I’m sure I’d have the same problem with these, but they just look too good not to try!

  46. WOW. I can never decide if thin mints or samoas are my favorite, but based on these photos, today its samoas! They look absolutely amazing. And I love that you’re using cereal in there. Totally pinned! :)

  47. omg Kelly! Love these no bake bars and I am looking forward to trying these as they got coconut in there too!!
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  48. Wow, these look amazing! Samoas are my favorite!
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  49. Woah, these bars look insane Kelly! Delicious!
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  50. I’ve never made cereal bars before, but I always find myself drooling over them! Samoas are my favorite cookies and I can’t believe you added peanut butter! Perfect! These bars look awesome :)
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  51. These look dangerously good Kelly! Samoa’s are my favorite of all the girl scout cookies. So I just know I am going to love these! Off to get the recipe : )
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  52. Thin Mints and Samoas are a tie for my favorite! These look amazing! I could see myself eating the whole pan!!!
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  53. They look heavenly! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, Kelly! You’re so generous :)
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  54. It is girl scout cookie season! I already got two boxes. 😀
    Now, with your recipe, we don’t need to wait for a whole year to have those amazing samoa flavors! Nicely done!
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  55. These look beyond amazing. Can’t wait to try them, PINNED!

  56. Gosh, I’ve always loved those Girl Scout Cookies. And to make them into a scrumptious bar! Yay!

  57. I love these Kelly! Nothing beats Samoa except the addition of peanut butter!

  58. WHAT!?!?! I think you just made my dreams come true with these. In fact I seriously want to go make them instead of going to bed and I big puffy heart sleep :)
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  59. I tried a samoa cookie dessert in Philly few weeks ago and I was like wow, I miss the flavors of the popular scout cookies! I am seduced by your delicious creations…and I love how you describe them – beloved caramel! Wishing you a beautiful day, darling!

    • I am a sucker for anything with toasted coconut so those girl scout cookies definitely won me over. Thanks so much sweet friend, hope you have a beautiful week! xo

  60. SAMOA!!!! I finished two boxes of girls scout cookies all by myself. VERY VERY dangerous stuff. I didn’t grow up eating coconut desserts (I don’t think it’s that’s common in Japan), and I didn’t know I’d go crazy over coconut until my late 20s…then I’ve been in love with anything that has coconut in them. The cereal bars with coconut… I’m totally sold!

  61. Holy thick, chewy deliciousness! I am in love with these bars! Samoas (and thin mints) are my favorite girl scout cookies!
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  62. samoas are my favorite girl scout cookies!! I love these cereal bars!!

  63. Kelly these look amazing, I wish I had one with my cup of coffee right now!

  64. Wow these look so amazing! These would be dangerous around me for sure. I would be tempted to eat the whole batch!
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  65. samoas are my favorite girl scout cookie too! And these bars look amazing! If they’re cereal bars, that means they’re totally acceptable for breakfast, right?!
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