SAMOA CHEESE TART
Who doesn't love Girl Scout cookies? My best friend Ariel and I go absolutely crazy for Girl Scout cookie season (mainly,Samoa's). Since the kids never seem to migrate to my area, I have to actually go to the Girl Scout cookie wear house to purchase them. I always end up putting them in a drawer in my freezer and completely forgetting about them. While doing a spring cleaning of the fridge, I found 4 sealed boxes of Samoa cookies. I immediately went to the net to search for a plausible recipe. I came across a Samoa cheese tart recipe, compliments of one of my most favorite blogs, Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy (Check it out!). This recipe includes the likes of mascarpone cheese, dulce de leche and toasted coconut--in other words, I was sold. This tart is super sweet; satisfying every craving I ever have! Enjoy..
1 box Samoa cookies
3 tbsp. butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cold cream cheese
1 8-ounce container cold mascarpone
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups dulce de leche, divided
1 cup flaked coconut
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
Process the cookies into crumbs in the food processor. If you don't have a food processor, put them in a plastic zipper bag and beat the hell out of them until they turn into crumbs. Mix the crumbs with the butter in a bowl. Press the crumbs into a 9 or 10 inch tart pan, preferably one with a removable bottom. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
In another bowl, combine the cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar and dulce de leche. Beat on medium speed until well-blended, about 2 minutes. Pour filling into tart shell and chill for at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, toast the coconut by heating it in a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat, tossing it often so it doesn't burn. When the coconut is golden brown remove from heat and set aside to cool.
When tart is thoroughly chilled, spread the remaining cup of dulce de leche over the filling, gently spreading it to cover. Be careful not to mush the filling. Spread the toasted coconut over the dulce de leche and drizzle with the melted chocolate.