Samoa Cheesecake

June 23, 2014 by Ali

This Samoa Cheesecake recipe is inspired by the famous Girl Scout cookies (a.k.a. "Caramel DeLites"). It's a simple vanilla cheesecake base, made with an Oreo crust, and topped with caramel, toasted coconut and drizzled with chocolate.

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert

Samoa vs. Caramel DeLites.

Tagalongs vs. Peanut Butter Patties.

Trefoils vs. Shortbread.

Girl Scouts of America, why do you need to make the names of your cookies so confusing?? Yes, I know it’s all about the different bakeries that bake for different regions of the country. But I feel like life (and food blogging) would be much simpler if we could all unite around a common cookie name.

Case in point:

I served this fabulous cheesecake a few weeks ago to my parents and a bunch of friends. But when I told them it was a Samoa cheesecake, every single one of them looked at me blankly. Granted, that didn’t stop them from diving in with a fork stat. But once I told them it was a Caramel DeLite cheesecake, the lightbulb suddenly went off. And then the stories began to flow as we all swapped stories about knocking on doors and using our best 7-year-old sales strategies to try and sell All Of The Cookies. And then now, of course, we happily support those little 7-year-olds selling boxes by eating All Of The Cookies.

Anyway, whatever you call this cheesecake, my friends said to pass on word to the blogosphere that it definitely earned a badge of approval. ;)

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert

The idea for this cheesecake came when I realized that I had a surplus of coconut in my pantry. 5 bags of coconut! This is probably a good indicator that it’s time to — ahem — clean out and organize the ol’ pantry. And eat a lot of coconut.

I had actually thought of this idea a few months ago when Girl Scouts were out everywhere knocking on doors and successfully tempting me when I walked into a grocery store. Gooey caramel-y coconut seemed like the perfect topping for a cheesecake. And when paired with a yummy Oreo crust, and my favorite lower-fat Greek yogurt filling, the ingredient combo seemed like a match made in cheesecake heaven.

Turns out, I was right. And it was actually pretty simple to make!

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert

All you have to do is make the cheesecake base, with a chocolate cookie crust and a vanilla filling. Then top it with some melted caramel. (I cheated and used the stuff in the tub, but you could also make it homemade.) Then stir together some more caramel with toasted coconut, and spread that out on top. (I found it easier to drop a bunch of clumps on top, and then spread it out.) Then drizzle it all with some extra caramel and melted chocolate — Samoa-style. ;)

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert

See? So pretty!

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert

Then serve it up and give it the ol’ taste test. And enjoy every last bite.

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert

Samoa Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: About 12-16 slices


  • Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 (8-ounce) bricks neufchatel (low-fat) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • Samoa Topping Ingredients:
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 3/4 cups caramel dip or sauce (you can either buy the 16-ounce store-bought tubs of caramel dip, or use 1 3/4 cups homemade caramel sauce)
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate


To Make The Cheesecake:

Preheat oven to 325°F, and grease a 9-inch springform pan. Carefully wrap the outside of the pan in 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil, being sure that there are NO gaps where water could seep through.

Add Oreo cookies to the bowl of a food processor, and process until completely crumbled. (Or you can do this step by hand by crushing Oreos with a meat mallet inside a ziplock freezer bag.) Add in the melted butter, and stir or process until evenly mixed with the Oreos. Press the Oreo mixture evenly into the bottom of the springform pan. Then place the pan in a large roasting dish (or any pan larger than the springform), and bring a tea kettle or pot of water to boil in preparation for the water bath. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed for 3 minutes until smooth. Add sugar and beat for an additional minute until well blended. Add Greek yogurt and vanilla, and beat for an additional minute, stopping partway to scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Do not overbeat! Pour into crust.

Place the double pans in the oven on a shelf on the bottom third of the oven. Very carefully use a tea kettle (or large measuring cup) to pour the boiling water in the larger pan to form a water bath around the springform, so that it comes up about 1-inch around the springform.

Close the oven door, and bake about 1 hour 30 min, or until center is almost set. (The cake should still jiggle ever so slightly.) Turn oven off, and open oven door slightly. Let cheesecake set in oven 1 hour. Then remove cheesecake from oven, carefully run a knife around the edges of the cake, and then let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove springform rim, and top cheesecake with Samoa topping. Return the cheesecake to the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes for the topping to set. Then serve, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

To Make The Topping:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread shredded coconut out in an even layer on a parchment-covered (or aluminum foil-covered) baking sheet. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until the top layer of coconut is toasted and lightly golden, then remove the tray and stir the coconut. Bake for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the new layer of coconut is lightly golden. (Keep a close eye on it so that the coconut does not burn.) Remove the pan, and pour coconut into a mixing bowl.

Add 1 cup caramel sauce to the bowl with the coconut, and stir to combine. (If your caramel is not very pour-able, heat it in the microwave or in a small saucepan until it is just slightly warmed.)

Using a spoon, spread a separate 1/2 cup of caramel sauce onto the chilled cheesecake. Then top with the caramel/coconut mixture, and press it down until the top of the cheesecake is covered.

Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with the corner snipped off, then pipe it onto the top of the coconut/caramel mixture in even lines. Repeat in a separate bag with the remaining caramel sauce.

Samoa Cheesecake (a.k.a. Caramel DeLites Cheesecake) | #dessert



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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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54 thoughts on “Samoa Cheesecake

  1. I don’t like cooked cheesecake so I used my standard refrigerator cheesecake recipe instead , and put the topping on that. Was fantastic!!

    - Jas Ahrens

  2. I made this cake today for a BBQ this evening. It was a HUGE hit! Thanks for such a delicious recipe. I only had a 10 inch springform, but it wasn’t a big deal. I just added a few more oreos and the cheesecake layer was a little thinner. Still turned out amazing and beautiful. Definitely recommend this one.

    - Anne

  3. This cheesecake looks so amazing! I really want to make it for my roommates surprise birthday dinner tomorrow night but the restaurant we are going does not allow cakes (ridiculous I know). They DO allow cupcakes. Have you tried converting this recipe to make cupcakes?

    Thank you!

    - Jackie

    • Fun! I have only tried the recipe with the full-size cheesecake, but imagine it would work well in cupcake wrappers or in a mini cheesecake pan. Good luck! :)

      - Ali

  4. loved this post, nice job and pics….can’t wait to try this!!!

    - Suzanne Boudreau

  5. Absolutely fantastic cake, made it and only got a tiny slice! Thanks for the recipe

    - Gail

  6. This looks amazing! Thinking about trying it this weekend! Couple quetions…Could you do the cheesecake recipe without the yogurt? Should I just get rid of it completely or sub something in for it? Also, for the caramel, could you use the caramel ice cream topping that gets heated in the microwave, and shoud you heat it before putting it on the cheesecake, or no?
    I would greatly appreciate answers to these questions as soon as possible so I can try out this delicious looking recipe!

    - Randi

    • Hi Randi,

      You could substitute sour cream for the yogurt if needed, but it’s definitely a part of the recipe. And you can definitely use the caramel ice cream topping. You might heat it up a little to help make it easier to spread. Enjoy!


      - Ali

  7. This looks like food from the heavens!

    - Leslie

  8. It was an old Aldi’s post that brought me to your website, but I’m hooked. Very nice. But since you’re a fan of Samoas, I must tell you that Aldi’s has begun selling a copy in my area…fabulous! $1.79 and I dare say you can’t tell the difference. I’m absolutely making this cheesecake for company this weekend, thanks.

    - Anne

  9. I love cheesecake and I love Caramel DeLites! I can’t wait to make this :)

    - Helen

  10. i had to pick my jaw up off the floor. now please excuse me while i wipe the drool from my mouth…

    - Jen

  11. This shouldn’t even be allowed! I am drooling looking at this right now and can imagine throwing a piece in the blender with some ice cream for a smoothie…look what you have done :)

    - Amber W

  12. This looks heavenly! What a fabulous idea for cheesecake!

    - Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

  13. My kind of cheesecake! I LOVE how you build upon so many different flavors! Can’t wait to try this :)

    - Nathalie @ Devoted Foodie

  14. THis is gorgeous, Ali! I am all over these flavors!!

    - Tieghan

  15. I’m going to have to make this when we’ve got company coming over because I just don’t trust myself to stop at one slice! This looks simply gorgeous and it’s times like this I wish the internet has smell’o'vision. Or maybe taste’o'vision would be more appropriate!! :)

    - Alexis @ Upside Down Pear

  16. Um, wow and yum! They will always be Caramel DeLites in my heart :)

    - Heather

  17. This cheesecake honestly looks like heaven! Love every single aspect- amazing!

    - Jess @

  18. The oreo cookies you use.. Are they with the cream inside? Or do you scrape that off?

    - Rikke

  19. This is insane! It looks absolutely beautiful! What I would do to get my hands on a slice RIGHT now!

    - Jessica @ Sweet Menu

  20. I am drooling all over. The photos. The cheesecake. Amazing. Samoas are my absolute favorite.

    - jenna @ just j.faye

  21. Oh…oh yes.

    - De

  22. I am almost positive this will become my new favorite cheesecake! This looks amazing!!

    - Kelly

  23. this is on FANTASTIC cheesecake!!!!

    - Diane {Created by Diane}

  24. This looks heavenly! Samoas have always been one of my favorite girl scout cookies! I tried to make them myself one time, but that did not work out well. This looks like a much easier production!

    - Lauren

  25. This looks amazing!! I would LOVE a slice! YUM! What a fun recipe! Also, I love the moving picture! That is so fun :)

    - Cailee

  26. I’ve been somoa-crazed after making some mini samoa doughtnuts. I’m now out of cookies and this would be perfect for my fix! Looks delicious.

    - Phillip ||

  27. Literally drooling at these pictures Ali… you are absolutely killing me smalls!

    Pinned and shoving in my face later tonight!

    - Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  28. This looks OUTSTANDING! I don’t even normally like coconut, but I love samoas!

    - Bri | Bites of Bri

  29. This looks so delicious and I wonder how you make that video with moving pics?? Is it some app you use???

    - Ami@naivecookcooks

  30. Gorgeous. Love everything about this cheesecake!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  31. This cheesecake looks amazing. Seriously, to die for!!

    - Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing

  32. This is one seriously beautiful cheesecake!

    - Matt Robinson

  33. 1 – this looks ridiculously amazing! 2 – that gif is the best thing I’ve seen all day. omg.

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  34. Your photography is UNREAL! This looks amazing and Samoa’s are the best! I love all that toasted coconut. Pinned :)

    - Chelsea+@chelseasmessyapron

  35. Um, yes X 10000!!! I so can’t wait to make this beauty!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  36. Oh no you didn’t! I have got to have a slice of that cake! YUM

    - Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

  37. How fun is this?! Deliciousness!!

    - Jenny Flake

  38. They were Caramel DeLights when I sold them as a Brownie… and they were (are) my favorite. ;-)

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  39. I have zero doubt I could eat this entire thing by myself. LOVE.

    - Cookbook Queen

  40. I just noticed the other day they make Samoa flavored creamer for coffee And I’m just envisioning myself pounding this Samoa cheesecake with a cup of that coffee. I’m finding my happy place.

    - Laura @ Raise Your Garden

  41. I KNEW that I shouldn’t come visit you right before going to the gym. Now, I kind of just wanna skip the workout and devour all this cheesecake.
    This is gorgeous, and cheesecake is my favorite! Pinned :)

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

  42. The topping on this cake is amaaaaazing!! Love!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  43. Beautiful!! This is cheesecake heaven!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie