Well, it is finals time here at Duke University and we all know that means stress, lack of sleep and insane amounts of caffeine. Various students handle their workload stress through exercise, relaxation breaks and hanging out with friends. As we all know, based on my previous post B.A.A., I bake to help alleviate stress. This week was no different! I found this delicious recipe for Samoa Bars on “Love Veggies and Yoga,” just one of the many food and culture blogs I read (credit for this recipe here.) I love experimenting with cookies, adding different ingredients here and there to develop bold tastes. Though it’s not the girl scouts cookie season yet, why should we have to wait? These samoas bars combine a simple chocolate chip cookie with coconut and butterscotch chips to give them a little twist. They come out of the oven gooey, chocolaty and savory. This is a perfect study break snack. I documented the experience with photographs to accompany the recipe instructions so even novice bakers won’t be intimidated! Just follow this step by step process and I promise you will experience these baked goods extreme deliciousness! WARNING: salvation may ensue.

Step 1. Mix together 1 stick of melted butter, 1 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar until blended.

  Step 2.  Add 1 egg, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup shredded cocunut and ¾ cup all-purpose flour and stir.

Step 3. Fold in 3/4 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup chocolate chips.

Step 4. Scoop mixture into a sprayed 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan.

Step 5. Sprinkle additional chips and coconut to your liking (which in my case is a lot!).

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Step 6. Remove from oven. Let cool for at least 30 minutes. Cut and enjoy!