If you love the combination of rich chocolate, almonds, and shredded coconut, you’re going to fall hard for these Easy Almond Joy Cookies!
How To Make Easy Almond Joy Cookies
If you can separate an egg, you can make these cookies. Seriously, they are that easy. And if that task seems daunting, pick up an egg separator, and this will be an absolute breeze.
This recipe begins with toasting the coconut and almonds. I prefer the texture of almond slices, but slivered almonds would also work. Just throw them both on a sheet pan and toss them in the oven until they begin to brown and develop a warm, toasty smell. That’s the good stuff.
In the meantime, you can start mixing up the cookies.
Grab a large bowl and whisk together some cocoa, powdered sugar, and salt. Add 4 egg whites and a little splash of vanilla and keep whisking gently. We actually don’t want the egg whites to stiffen here.
It might take a bit of patience to get the batter moistened, but soon you’ll have a smooth, somewhat sticky looking batter. It won’t look like regular cookie dough. That’s just fine!
Then we stir in all of our Almond Joy goodies–the toasted coconut, almonds, and a handful of mini chocolate chips.
Scoop the batter out onto parchment paper or silicone baking mats, and you’re ready to bake!
Magical Almond Joy Cookies
Sometime in the next 15 minutes, something magical will happen. This strange looking cookie batter will be transformed into the fudgiest, richest, dreamiest, best almond joy cookies around.
When you see them puffed slightly, with shiny, cracked tops, it’s time to take them out of the oven. They might sink slightly, but that’s just fine. It only adds to the decadent, fudgy texture.
If you can wait for them to cool, more power to you. The rest of us cookie monsters will dive right in, eating them warm off the tray, relishing the delicate balance of toasted almonds and coconut against dark, fudgy chocolate.
If you like to get fancy (and you know I do), sprinkle the cookies with a little flaked sea salt. Oh.ma.goodness.
I’m being 100 percent honest when I tell you THESE COOKIES ARE BETTER THAN ALMOND JOY CANDY BARS.
You may think I’m crazy, but I’ve got an almond joy loving husband who will back me up on this. These cookies are richer and darker than the traditional candy bar, but they also have the perfect distribution of almonds and coconut.
I always hate having to ration the single almond in an Almond Joy candy bar. With these, you get plenty of almonds in every single delicious bite.
You Should Probably Make This Almond Joy Cookie Recipe
If you love the shiny cracked tops of a fresh batch of brownies…
If Almond Joys are your favorite candy bar…
If you have a SERIOUS chocolate craving…
If you’re living a gluten free lifestyle, but still need cookies in your life…
If you have leftover egg whites hanging out in the fridge because you just made a batch of Homemade Egg Noodles…
YOU SHOULD MAKE THESE COOKIES.
I promise you’ll be saying “Holy Cow!” too!
P.S. Not sure what to do with the leftover egg yolks? I have a collection of over 50 Recipes for Leftover Egg Yolks to use them up!
- 1 cup unsalted almond slivers or slices
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)
- Flaked sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds and shredded coconut evenly on a large rimmed baking pan. Place in oven and toast for about 7-8 minutes, turning/tossing once halfway through. They're finished when they're golden brown and fragrant. Allow to cool slightly before adding to the cookie batter.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together cocoa, powdered sugar, and salt. Continue whisking while adding egg whites and vanilla extract, mixing until just moistened. Don't over-whisk or the eggs will stiffen.
- Stir in the almonds, coconut, and chocolate chips.
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. These stick badly on bare cookie sheets, so don't skip this step! Spoon batter by the Tablespoon onto the baking sheet (this makes 24) or heaping Tablespoon (this makes 18 large cookies).
- Bake for 14-16 minutes, turning pans and shifting top to bottom rack halfway through. Cookies are finished when tops are shiny and cracked. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan, then slide the parchment paper off the pans and allow to cool completely before removing the cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days.
- I always recommend checking packaging to ensure your ingredients are certified gluten free, if needed.
- The sweetened shredded coconut can be replaced with unsweetened and you can also use finely chopped almonds in places of the slivers of slices.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 117mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Protein: 2g