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Almond Joy Cookies

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Almond Joy Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

***Feel like you’re seeing double?  Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….

 It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading.  My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut.  Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut.  There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store.  Go big!

Also, parchment paper and wax paper are two completely different things.  Do not try to bake these on wax paper.  The paper will melt.  I recommend parchment paper or a Silpat mat.  The cookies are sticky, so take care in removing them from the parchment once they’ve cooled.  Slide a thin spatula under each cookie to remove it.

OK, back to the original post.  And…..go….***

Sometimes, simplicity is key. And in this case, simplicity is delicious.

These sweet little Almond Joy Cookies come together in no time flat with four simple ingredients.  They are a great last-minute cookie for any occasion, whether it be unexpected guests or just a solid hankering for something sweet.  I needed a little something extra for dessert when family came into town over the weekend, and with little time on my hands, these cookies were the perfect thing to whip up.  And, they were a big hit with my coconut loving crowd.

I started by chopping up some lightly salted almonds.

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I didn’t want huge chunks, but I didn’t need to finely chop them either.  Middle of the road “You Still Know it’s a Piece of Almond” chunks will do.

Once that was done, I threw them in a bowl with a bag of sweetened coconut flakes and a bag of chocolate chips.  I poured a can of sweetened condensed milk over the top, and then…

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…stirred the lot up into a sweet, gooey, chocolaty, crunchy, coconutty bowlful of wonderful.

I scooped my cookies out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, and then dipped my fingers in a little bit of water before patting the cookies down just a bit.

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Another great thing about these cookies?  They don’t really spread, so you can load up that cookie sheet and knock the whole batch out in no time.

I popped them into the oven for about thirteen minutes, just until the coconut around the bottom had turned golden and crispy and the coconut on top was just starting to toast up.

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The cookies need to cool completely on the baking sheet, and then can be stored in an airtight container for a few days.

Easy, right?

They are just as tasty as they are easy to make, and that crunchy toasty coconut around the edges is the stuff dreams are made of.  The finished cookies are chewy, chocolaty and crunchy, in all the right ways.

Almond Joy Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh



Almond Joy Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Christine Carlisle
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 2/3 cup chopped lightly salted almonds
  • 1 (14 oz.) bag sweetened coconut flakes (Please make sure your bag of coconut is the correct size. This makes all the difference!)
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325*F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the almonds, coconut, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Stir until thoroughly combined and coated.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, or a spoon, scoop out bundles of the coconut mixture onto the cookie sheet. They don’t spread while baking, so you can place many on one cookie sheet.
  4. Dip your fingertips in a little bit of water, and pat down the tops of the cookies just a bit so they aren’t too mounded.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 325*, until the bottoms are golden and the coconut on top starts to toast.
  6. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and allow to cool completely on the cookie sheets before transferring to an airtight container. The cookies may be sticky. Carefully remove from the parchment with a thin spatula, and layer parchment in between layers of cookies in your container.
  7. ENJOY!

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Almond Joy Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

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Can the batter be made ahead and baked another day?
I like to make all my Christmas cookie dough on one day and then spend a day just baking.

While I completely understand that, because that’s how I like to bake for the holidays too, I really don’t think this is a make ahead kind of cookie because there’s no flour/eggs/sugar etc. involved. The good news is, you can throw the “dough” together in a matter of a couple of minutes!

I just made these but changed them up a slight bit. I added a bit of pure vanilla extract and substituted somewhere between a 3rd and a 4th of the almonds with cashews. Yummy!

Hello! My son saw the pictures and is now planning these cookies for tomorrow! Quick question : do you know if the onces for your ingredients are volume onces or weight onces? Because up here in French-speaking Canada, things are sold in grams or mL… ☺️

So I made these and though Absalutley delicious did not hold together well any thoughts? More honey/coconut milk?

Did you use the recommended amount of coconut? I’ve found that sweetened shredded coconut comes in two different sized bags at the grocery store. If you use the smaller bag, the cookies will not keep their shape. I hope that helps!

Evidently parchment paper DOES get OLD!! All of my first batch stuck to the paper!! I used a new roll, for my 2nd pan, and let them cool for 20 min., and they were perfect. Lesson learned, the hard way. Expensive, as well!! This mixture WILL keep a few days, before baking.

Would it be possible to leave out the almonds (sadly)? These look amazing and I would love yo bake them for my family.

Are these cookies aske to be made ahead of time for cookie exchanges?I don’t want to give out melted gooey

Mine did spread as well. I think I’ll give the muffin pan a try. I wonder if I should spray the pan maybe? Any thoughts?

Love this recipe. Made them last year, turned out great! This year my cookies ran into 1 blob on my parchment lined cookie sheet. I’m using the right temp, and measuring exact ingredients. Something is going wrong. I also formed them the same way. Any suggestions. Thank you.

Love this recipe! Simple and tasted wonderful. Even my picky mother-in-law said they were yummy. Thank you

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