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Cookies | January 23, 2014

Joyous Almond Cookies

Joyous Almond Cookies
Joyous Almond Cookies
Joyous Almond Cookies
Joyous Almond Cookies

Two experiences led me to creating my most favorite cookie in the world.
1. As a kid, one of my top 5 candy bars to collect at Halloween was the mini Almond Joy. When my brother and I spilled our stash on the living room floor after trick or treating, he gladly handed over his Almond Joy bars, in trade for my Snickers. I loved the sticky, sweet, coconut drenched in milk chocolate and topped with a single almond. Forget the Sweetarts! I wanted nuts, coconut and chocolate.
2. After eating (well, lets say it was more than one, less than 10) coconut cookies at two local bakeries-Ruby Snap and Sweet Tooth Fairy, I became obsessed with creating my own version of the coconut and chocolate cookies they sell.
After a few tries, I came up with my own Almond Joy bar, in a cookie.
If you love the Almond Joy, you’ll love this cookie.

Hot out of the oven, before dipping…

5 from 1 vote

Joyous Almond Cookies

Servings 16 -18 large cookies
Author A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon coconut emulsion or coconut flavoring*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole almonds chopped coarse
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sweetened, flaked
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips I like semi sweet
  • 2 Almond Joy bars chopped into 4 pieces each
  • Dipping chocolate and additional coconut for outside of cookie


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Or if using convection, 350.
  2. Remove butter from refrigerator and softened butter for about 20 seconds in microwave or until slightly soft. Place butter in mixing bowl and add brown and white sugar. Beat just until smooth. Add almond and coconut emulsion and eggs. Beat again just until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, mix just until flour disappears and ingredient are incorporated. This takes less than one minute.
  4. Scoop dough onto cookie sheets, I use a 2 inch scoop. Slightly flatten with palm of hand.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes, or until cookies are slightly golden. Convection bake for about 8 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  7. Melt chocolate. Dip about 1/3 of the cookie in melted chocolate, set on cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and sprinkle with additional coconut.
  8. Allow cookies to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

-*Coconut emulsion is sold in most craft or cooking stores near the cake decorating supplies. It can also be found at discount stores such as Homegoods or TJMaxx. It can be interchanged in equal amounts 1 tsp of emulsion for 1 tsp of flavoring. Emulsion does not contain alcohol, and therefore does not cook out while baking – resulting in the intensity of flavor staying the same after baking.-I like to use whole almonds and chop them either by hand with a sharp Butcher knife, or place them in a food processor with the blade setting and pulse until chopped coarse.-you can interchange the chocolate on the inside and outside of the cookie, using either semi sweet or milk chocolate.

Joyous Almond Cookies

Dipped in milk chocolate…

Joyous Almond Cookies

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  1. I am not a coconut fan Si but my husband is. He would love this decadent cookie. I just might have tomake these for him. Even to a non coconut love they looks delcious.

  2. I am making these now. the dough is un-real!!! I'm excited to taste the finished product. I have a question though about the dipping chocolate… what kind of dipping chocolate do you use?

    1. I use dipping chocolate from a local candy store, Mrs. Cavanaugh's. Any type of real chocolate, dipping chocolate will do. I tried both dark and light chocolate, and prefer the way the dark chocolate looks on the cookies. Happy Baking!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a get recipe! I’ve made it many times and always forget to buy the Almond Joy candy bars. This time I bought them! But couldn’t find anywhere in the recipe they are mentioned except in the ingredient list! Please tell me how you use them or… do you just eat while your cooking????? Which sounds good to me as well. I get so many compliments on these cookies and they never last very long anywhere I take them.

    1. Hi Terry, in the ingredients list it shows to cut the two almond joy bars into four pieces and then you add them with the rest of the ingredients in step 3. Hope this helps and thank you for asking!