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Coconut Almond Cookies (Almond Joy Cookies)

These Coconut Almond Cookies AKA Almond Joy Cookies have crispy edges, soft and chewy on the inside, full of coconut flavor, tastes irresistible and made without condensed milk. If you love almond joy or mound candy bars, then this is a must try recipe!

coconut almond cookies on a wire rack.

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Holiday Baking season is in full swing and we begin with a delicious cookie recipe. Few other popular Christmas cookies include Cashew Nut Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal, Gluten and Dairy Free Thumbprint Cookies, Vegan Almond Flour Cookies or Gluten Free Almond Butter Cookies. These are perfect as a sweet treat anytime.

Almond Joy is a popular candy bar which contains a sweet coconut confection topped with a whole almond and covered in milk chocolate. It is slight variation of a similar confection called Mounds, made by the same company which omits the almond and is coated in dark chocolate instead.

What are almond joy cookies?

These are inspired by the candy bars and is made with a delicious coconut almond cookie made with sweetened shredded coconut and sliced almonds and then topped off with a whole almond, for the iconic look and a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Flavor and texture

Made with egg white instead of condensed milk, these almost taste like crispy and chewy macaroons. This recipe uses a lot of coconut and almond give the cookies crunch along with chewiness. The whole almond in the middle gives iconic almond joy look and adds additional crunch <—- Best Ever!!

Almond joy cookies

  • Packed with coconut
  • Easy to make homemade recipe
  • Sweet, chewy with crispy edges
  • Perfect Holiday cookie
  • Small batch recipe
  • Good at room temperature for several days
  • Tastes incredible

Ingredients:

Sweetened shredded coconut – We use a LOT of coconut <— more than 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

Sliced and whole almonds – Sliced almonds mixed in with the cookies, not only amps up the almond flavor but also gives a wonderful texture

Chocolate – I have used semi sweet chocolate chips since the deep, rich taste pairs well with the sweet cookies. However, milk chocolate chips may be used for a more authentic almond joy flavor.

Egg white – Egg white for binding and keep the cookies white in color.

Confectioners sugar – Adds softness when compared to regular sugar

Butter – A bit of butter for flavor

All purpose flour – Just a tad of flour to help with binding and give softness.

Method

Make dough – Beat egg white, butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract with an electric beater until smooth and creamy. Beat in coconut, sliced almonds and all purpose flour.

Shape – Make small mounds of dough and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Press one whole almond in the middle of each cookie.

Bake – Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and soft in the middle.

Drizzle Chocolate – When cookies have cooled, drizzle melted chocolate on cookies and let the chocolate set.

Expert tips:

Do not use unsweetened shredded coconut – It not only reduces the sweetness but also affects the texture.

Measure your flour correctly – Adding too much or less flour to the recipe is the most common mistake. The best, and easiest way to measure flour is to sprinkle it into your measuring spoon, and use a knife to level it off.

Use semi sweet chocolate chips – Deep dark chocolate pairs well with the sweet almond joy cookies without condensed milk.

Are these gluten free? They do have a small addition of all purpose flour which makes them not gluten free. However, you could try replacing all purpose flour with a gluten free all purpose flour.

Variations:

Make Mound Cookies

  1. Omit sliced almonds when making dough and add additional 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut.
  2. Skip the whole almonds.

Make Almond Joy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough. If you don’t have mini chocolate chips, then chop regular chocolate chips coarsely instead.

Dipped in chocolate

Skip the chocolate drizzle and dip the bottom of the cooled cookie in melted chocolate and place on a parchment paper.

Sandwich cookies

Spread some melted chocolate on the bottom of a cooled cookie and top with another cookie (bottom side down). Let set until chocolate hardens.

More almond sweet treats: Lemon Almond Flour Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Almond Butter Pancakes, Chocolate Cake with Almond Flour, Almond Kulfi, Almond Flour Cake, Almond Flour Brownies, Almond Flour Cookies, Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies, No Bake Almond Butter Bars, Almond Butter Cups, Raw Almond Bites and Date and Almond Candy.

How to store?

Coconut almond cookies can be stored in a sealed container, at room temperature for up to 10 days.

More Holiday Recipes:

baked coconut almond cookies with chocolate.

More coconut sweet treats: Pina Colada Smoothie, Avocado Chocolate Truffles and Breakfast Cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the ingredients in Almond Joy?

Main ingredients include corn syrup, milk chocolate, coconut, sugar, almonds, vegetable oil, milk whey, cocoa, salt, and other natural and artificial flavorings.

How many calories are in a coconut cookie?

There are 93 calories in each cookie.

Can you use Unsweetened Coconut for this recipe?

I would not recommend using unsweetened shredded coconut as it has a different moisture content and the cookie dough itself already has the right amount of sugar.

If you love coconut, you simply have to give these a try! 

a hand holding a broken almond joy cookie made without condensed milk.
coconut almond joy cookies on a wire rack.

Cookies, COOKIES and Cookies:

coconut almond cookies with chocolate

Coconut Almond Cookies (Almond Joy Cookies)

Yield: 11 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

These Coconut Almond Cookies AKA Almond Joy Cookies have crispy edges, soft and chewy on the inside, full of coconut flavor, tastes irresistible and made without condensed milk. If you love almond joy or mound candy bars, then this is a must try recipe!

Ingredients

Group-1

Group-2

Group-3

Instructions

Coconut almond cookies

1. Pre heat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Add all group-1 ingredients into a large bowl and beat with a hand held electric beater for about 2 minutes, until thick and creamy.

3. Add all group-2 ingredients and continue beating for 20 to 30 seconds , until thoroughly combined.

4. Place about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough (an ice cream scoop comes in handy) on the prepared baking sheet, spacing about an inch apart.

5. Using the back of a wet spoon (spoon dipped in a bowl of water and excess water dripped off), press the cookie dough lightly to flatten them slightly.

6. Place an almond in the middle of each cookie, pressing lightly.

7. Bake cookies for 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges look golden brown and middle is still white.

8. Place pan on a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate drizzle

1. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl and cook in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds (stirring once in between), until melted completely.

2. Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate on the cooled cookies. Alternatively, transfer melted chocolate into a small zip lock bag, seal the edges and cut one corner off to make small hole and drizzle on top of the cookies for a more cleaner finish.

3.Let chocolate set before serving.

Notes

Do not use unsweetened shredded coconut – It not only reduces the sweetness but also affects the texture.

Measure your flour correctly – Adding too much or less flour to the recipe is the most common mistake. The best, and easiest way to measure flour is to sprinkle it into your measuring spoon, and use a knife to level it off.

Use semi sweet chocolate chips – Deep dark chocolate pairs well with the sweet almond joy cookies without condensed milk.

Coconut almond cookies can be stored in a sealed container, at room temperature for up to 10 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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