Almond Joy Cookies

Only four ingredients are needed to make these delicious Almond Joy Cookies. They’re easy, you can’t eat just one, and thankfully, it makes enough to share. The milk chocolate chips with crunchy almonds pair perfectly with the sweetened coconut. Scrumptious!

Almond Joy Cookies

Some of you might remember the jingle for the Almond Joy vs. Mounds candy bars: “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.”

I can still hear that song in my head, “Almond Joys have nuts, Mounds don’t.” Ha!

This is a fun tribute to that candy bar, only it’s homemade and in cookie form.

Side note, do they even sing jingles in commercials anymore?

Toasted coconut wrapped around sliced almonds and chocolate chips.

Making Almond Joy Cookies

Get yourself a big bowl. There’s nothing worse than trying to stir ingredients together in a bowl that’s too small.

Stuff keeps getting knocked out, falling on the counter top, you have to be so careful. Ugh!

Get a bowl bigger than you need so you can stir, stir, stir, and not worry about it.

Ok, now that I got that off my chest, throw all the ingredients into the bowl and stir.

Easy, right?

Almond Joy Cookies

What kind of almonds should I use?

Good question. I used sliced almonds that are lightly salted and roasted.

They’re also the almonds I use on my salads, so look for them where they sell salad toppings.

If you want to use whole almonds, get some that are lightly salted, but then you’ll need to chop them up.

There are only 4 ingredients here, and the sweetened condensed milk has to hold it all together, so chop the almonds into small pieces.

Using the sliced almonds, I avoided having to chop them; quicker, easier.

What about the chocolate chips?

So, the original candy bar, Almond Joy, is made with, “real milk chocolate.” There’s that song in my head again.

For your cookies, though, you can use milk, dark, or semi-sweet, even bittersweet if that’s your preference. They’re all good.

Now, if you have the flavor chocolate chips you love most AND they’re in the mini size, you get bonus points.

The smaller the pieces are, the better the cookie holds together.

In other words, don’t use chunky chocolate chips. They’re too big and the cookies might fall apart.

I used regular size for this recipe.

Toasted coconut flakes, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips make up these delicious treats.

Let’s make cookies!

Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper, which can be re-used.

The cookies need to cool on the cookie sheet after being baked, so if you have multiple cookie sheets, get them out.

I don’t use cookie scoops, because that’s just a gadget that I can use a teaspoon or tablespoon to get the same results. Kim, I can hear you laughing!

Whatever you use, scoop about a heaping teaspoon onto the parchment paper.

Now, get the tips of your fingers wet. Not dripping, just…you know, wet.

Now, gently shape the cookies. Loose ends should be tucked in, and you can flatten the top, if you wish. They should look packed, tight.

If you don’t wet your fingers, it’s going to get real sticky real quick. Yes, I found out the hard way.

Almond Joy Cookies

Baking Almond Joy Cookies

Preheat the oven to 325°.

Bake the cookies until the tops turn a golden brown, about 14 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Since the cookies need to cool on the baking sheet, I hope you have more than one. Otherwise, this might take a bit longer.

No, let me correct myself. If you have only one cookie sheet, slide the parchment paper, cookies and all, onto another surface, like a wire rack.

Keeping the cookies on the parchment paper helps them to not fall apart while they set up during the cooling stage.

Ok, so that’s settled.

Once they’re all baked and cooled, store them in a sealed container, or you can freeze them, too.

Now, go share these cookies, they’re too good to keep to yourself.

Calling all Cookie Monsters…

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Almond Joy Cookies

A delicious cookie inspired by Almond Joy candy bars using only 4 ingredients. Super easy to make in one bowl, nothing fancy needed, and you seriously can't eat just one.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, coconut, comfort food, easy, one bowl
Servings: 72 (6 dozen)
Calories: 73kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 14 oz. bag sweetened coconut flakes
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet, dark, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup lightly salted almonds, either chopped or sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 325° and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. (Once baked, you can re-use the parchment paper again for another batch.)
  • In a large bowl, mix all 4 ingredients together. Make sure everything is well combined and evenly coated.
  • Drop a heaping teaspoon-sized portion of cookie dough onto the parchment paper. Cookies can be placed close together as they do not spread.
  • Lightly moisten the tips of your fingers to mold the cookies into shape. Gently pat the tops and/or sides if they appear loose. Shape into small mounds, or press down on tops to shape into coins.
  • Bake for 12 - 14 minutes, or until tops are turning a golden brown. Tips of coconut may appear darker.
  • Let cool on baking sheet (this helps them to not fall apart). Store in a sealed container. Enjoy!


I used sliced almonds, (lightly salted and roasted), from the produce section, or where they sell the salad toppings. Don't buy the almonds from the baking isle, they're not salted at all. Boring!


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Almond Joy Cookies

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  1. 5 stars
    My new favorite cookie. So delicious. And so easy to make. These cookies taste just like and Almond Joy. My husband doesn’t like coconut so I get to eat the whole batch. I froze some for later and they freeze very nicely.

    1. That made me laugh — nice you don’t have to share. I freeze mine, too. I’ll take a few out after dinner and you don’t even have to wait for them to defrost.