Dark Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies

by Andie Mitchell on February 28, 2011

almond joy cookies and milk

 

If my calculations are correct, almonds + coconut + chocolate will either equal sweet oblivion or my demise. More likely the latter.

 

almond joy cookies stacked

 

Last year I was on a bender with candy bars. Filling my daily chocolate quota with the likes of Almond Joy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers. Practically veering off the road anytime I spied a mini mart. Never passing up 2 for $1.

 

 

The only problem with this sweet addiction, other than the trans fat collecting in my arteries, was that empty candy wrappers replaced my love of baking. I felt somewhat blue when friends stopped by to say hello and all I had to offer them was a Nutrageous. What happened to the homemade sour cherry pie and handmade truffles I once kept covered on my counter? What’s a neighbor to do when I can’t even supply them with that cup of sugar?

 

almond joy cookie pile

 

That just wouldn’t do.

 

almond joy cookies with glass of milk

 

So I gave myself a good stern talking to, fetched my apron, and got back to basics. Okay I didn’t get the apron, but only because I like to live on the edge (and apparently pay $6.99 for stain removers). I baked, putting a creative spin on my desperate dependency on 59 cent packaged milk chocolate.

I whipped up whoopie pies that tasted of peanut butter cups, dark chocolate mousse as billowy as the filling of a 3 Musketeers, and the sweet almond joy confections pictured here.

Addiction curbed? Not quite. Addiction morphed? That’s more like it.

These chunky little cookies are everything delightful about almond joy candy bars- chocolate, coconut, and almonds. They’re dense and fudgy, sweet and supremely rich. Each chewy center sort of melts on your tongue. They’re meant for those folks who think chocolate is greater than or equal to total contentment.

 

Dark Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies.

 

almond joy cookie dry ingredients

 

Start by whisking flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set it aside.

 

almond joy cookies melting chocolate and butter

 

In a medium bowl, microwave 6 ounces of unsweetened chocolate with 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave again for 15 second intervals until the chocolate has fully melted. Be very careful not to burn the chocolate. If that happens, the chocolate will seize and begin to separate and look like a thick, gritty mud.

 

almond joy cookies melted chocolate

 

almond joy cookie egg and sugar

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a handheld mixer, beat some sugar and eggs with vanilla extract for about 3 minutes, until the the mixture is light, silky, and thickened.

 

almond joy cookies egg sugar batter

 

Stream in the melted chocolate and mix until incorporated.

 

almond joy cookies streaming chocolate into batter

almond joy cookies chocolate batter

almond joy cookies chocolate batter

 

Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the bowl.

 

almond joy cookies add flour to chocolate batter

 

Now add in the flour mixture,  mixing just until combined. The dough will be thick and firm.

 

almond joy cookies coconut flakes

almond joy cookies coconut and almonds in chocolate

 

Stir in 1/2 cup chopped almonds and 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut.

 

almond joy cookie batter

almond joy cookie dough balls

 

Roll the dough into dough balls roughly two tablespoons in size, lay them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, flatten slightly with your fingertips, and bake for about 8-10 minutes until the cookies are puffy and dry on top.

Serve with a glass of cold milk. Dunk them and watch as they melt like fudge.

 

 

Dark Chocolate Almond Joy Cookies

makes about 2 dozen

 

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1  1/3 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut

 

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set it aside.

In a small bowl, microwave the chopped chocolate and butter for 1 minute at high power. Stir and continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until the mixture has melted. Be careful not to burn your chocolate.

In a large bowl, beat eggs with sugar and vanilla until well blended, about 3 minutes. Stir in melted chocolate mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to mix well. Stir in flour mixture. The dough will be thick. Add chopped almonds and coconut and stir to incorporate.

Cover the dough and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. This will allow it to firm up and rest, for a chewier cookie center.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Shape the dough into balls roughly 2 tablespoons in size. Roll them between your palms and flatten them slightly with your fingertips. Space two inches apart on the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until they’ve puffed and begun to look dry and cracked on top. Remove to cool on a wire rack.

 

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

MelissaNibbles February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

These look great!

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Amy @ Second City Randomness February 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hmmm… these are something to consider for when I visit my mom for her birthday- her favorite candy bar is the almond joy. Classic and perfect in every way! :)

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Christina February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

Almond joys are my favorite! These look great, I can’t wait to try them! Yummy! :)

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Megan (Braise The Roof) February 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

So you’re saying that your kitchen is now armed with treats for visitors…my only question is WHEN can I come over??

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Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Growing up, the Almond Joys in my grandma’s cupboard and I were like this: wrapping pointer finger and finger in the middle together. So I’m pretty sure I’d love these. A lot.

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thecompletecookbook February 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm

What lovely nutty and chocolatey treats. :-) Mandy

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johnny March 1, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thery look fudgealicous!! We will be adding these to our weekly sweet fix! :)

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Amanda March 1, 2011 at 5:29 am

I love you, I really really do. That’s not awkward at all, is it?

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Can You Stay for Dinner March 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

Not even close to awkward. I love you too

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Amanda March 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I feel good right now, like we bonded. And like I ate a dozen of this over my stove by myself with the lights off. But mostly like we bonded a little.

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biz319 March 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

When my husband starts feeling better, I’ll make these for him – yum!

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Brenda the Barefootcookingirl June 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

“They’re meant for those folks who think chocolate is greater than or equal to total contentment…..” OH YEAH! I’m making these this weekend for sure! :)

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hollie June 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

These look amazing. Now to just find time to actually STAY HOME and bake them! silly summer.

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Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking June 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

these look amazing… very nice job. I love Almond Joy so I’m sure i’d love these. hmm.. maybe i’ll bake these for my birthday. :-)

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Meg Q December 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

Just made this for my Christmas party and Oh. My. God….SO GOOD!!!

Just stumbled across your blog a few days ago and I’m really loving it :D

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Karla August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

these sound amazing! I do need to ask, though, how many calories per cookie?

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Pamela Puckett October 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Yes, how many calories???

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