Almond Joy Cookies

I love Love LOVE Almond Joy candy bars.  So much so that I buy bags of them every Halloween knowing full well that it’s not a favorite amongst trick-or-treaters and knowing full well that there’ll be a ton left over for me.  As candy goes, I can’t think of a more perfect combination…creamy coconut, sweet milk chocolate and whole crunchy roasted almonds.  There’s nothing better, really, except this cookie.

Wow.  They are packed with coco-nutty flavor and the magical power to turn a gloomy day bright.

I’ve had this recipe for years, and I’ve seen it on the web, but here’s my take:

ALMOND JOY COOKIES

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup Crisco shortening

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon coconut extract

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk chocolate chips

1 cup sweetened coconut

1 cup chopped roasted almonds

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Place 1 cup whole almonds on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 8 – 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.  Cut each almond in half:

Combine dry ingredients; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening and sugars.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and stir in extracts.  Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed, then stir in chocolate chips, coconut and almonds.  (Note:  you may have to blend it together with your hands, because the mixture tends to be crumbly).

Form into large rounded balls using a 1 1/2″ diameter cookie scoop.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten tops slightly:

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.  Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.  Yield:  38 large cookies.

Give these cookies a go… they’ll make every minute you spend on the treadmill well worth the effort!

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5 thoughts on “Almond Joy Cookies

  1. De-lish!! Well worth a cross country trip! While you are busy casting on 180 stitches, I’ll be baking a batch of these cookies.

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