Almond Joy Cookies

This recipe comes from the “Desperation” section of a cookbook — a section full of cookies that you could make if you’re desperate for cookies, but lack key ingredients. Like flour. Or eggs. Or butter. Say, if you’re missing all three, you could still make these!

I’ve never gotten along with parchment paper very well. I really think it hates me. I ended up tossing the paper and greasing the pan for the next batch and they came off just fine. Psh. Fussy parchment anyway. . .Despite having 2/3 of the cookies end up in a crumpled heap, I’d say these were a success. They taste a lot like an Almond Joy, which was the idea. :) Plus they’re gluten-free! I love adding gluten-free baked goods to my recipe collection.

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Almond Joy Cookies


2 ounces (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 15-oz can sweetened condensed milk
7 oz sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (or almond meal), plus about 24 whole almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on top of a double broiler. Combine the chocolate with the rest of the ingredients (minus the whole almonds) in a large bowl and stir. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto well-greased baking sheets, leaving 3 inches between each cookie. Place a single almond on top of each cookie.

Bake until set, 12-15 minutes. Let cookies stand for 5 minutes, then carefully remove them with a metal spatula to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store at room temperature. Makes 24 cookies.

from Mom's Big Book of Cookies by Lauren Chattman

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8 Responses to “Almond Joy Cookies”

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    ElegantSnobbery — December 1, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

    Haha, I think its funny that it is the desperation recipe… yet I don't have one single ingredient on hand. Clearly my kitchen is lacking!!

    BUT oh yum, I'm totally going to make some of these to give with my holiday gifts! My family is majorly into Almond Joys!


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    Natalie — December 1, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

    Haha… you're right. I actually did have everything on hand, but I'm obsessed. :)


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    Rebecca — December 1, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

    It's interesting that someone wouldn't have flour or eggs in their kitchen, but they would have sweetened condensed milk, coconut, and almonds… Mmm, candy cookies!


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    Mookie — May 1, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    question – don’t mean to sound rude but why is there a need to bake it? wouldn’t it do better to just set up in the fridge?


    • Natalie Perry replied: — May 3rd, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

      Hmm. It may be worth a try. It’s been a LONG time since I made those, but if I remember correctly they had a nice, chewy texture after they were baked. And the dough was pretty wet, almost runny. Try setting them up in the fridge and let me know how it turns out! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Micki Levine — April 30, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    Is there anything I could use instead of condensed milk? I cannot have dairy.


    • Natalie Perry replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

      I’ve never used anything other than condensed milk in these so any suggestions I give may or may not work! You’d need something thick and sweet. Maybe coconut cream and add some honey for sweetness?

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