By Vseward (Chef~V) on October 08, 2006
Photo by Kim127
Photo by Kim127
"A friend of mine makesa cookie like this every Christmas and I had to beg for the recipe, she wouldn't share. I decided to give it a go and make my version. These taste just like an Almond Joy candy bar. It's definitely become a favorite. This recipe makes a huge batch of cookies. Depending on the size you make them. You can freeze the dough and have handy when unexpected company or events pop up. This recipe is easy to cut in half. I love the taste of the coconut and have added more to the half batch."
Serving Size: 1 (40 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 72
"Well, these didn't taste EXACTLY like the candybar, but they sure were GOOD! Thick, chewy, and full of flavor - I ate 5 or 6 before I finally controlled myself! :) I heeded other reviewers' suggestions by increasing the coconut to 3 c. and decreasing the choc. to 4 c. I happened to have 4 See's milk choc. bars w/almonds, so I chopped those up and threw them in w/the choc. chips (to total 4 c.), and the next time I make these, I will use all milk choc., and no semi-sweet. To me, that's why these didn't taste exactly like the candy bar...the semi-sweet was kind of an overpowering flavor. Anyway, if you love chocolate chip cookies, coconut, and almonds, then I highly recommend these babies! Eat them w/a cold glass of milk, and you'll be in Cookie Heaven!! :)"
"100% my new FAVORITE cookie!!! Almond Joy is my favorite candy and the dough (ok, I admit to being one of those who eat the dough... someone has to taste it right, mine as well be me?!?!) DOES taste just like an almond joy candy bar - and the baked up cookies are to die for!!! I served them at a BBQ last night and to family today and and twice someone said 'these are way too good' and they really are, every single person had seconds! DS also loved 'em. I toasted my almonds and roughly chopped them, used half sweetened and half unsweetened coconut and used 1 regular size bag mini chocolate chips - and subbed 1/4 cup egg beaters for one of the eggs. I have a 4.5qt kitchen aid mixer and it was full to the brim - the amount written makes a huge amount of cookies. I had to have my DH stir at the very end, the mixer just wasn't going to cut it. I baked up half and froze the rest of the dough (don't know why I bothered I'm going to have to make again for our next get together tomorrow!) Thanks for posting this very awesome recipe!!"
"Very, very good cookies. I hope other Zaar members will try these. They have everything an Almond Joy has -- and even more!!! I used my ice cream scoop to drop the cookies onto the baking sheet. It holds at least 2 tablespoons -- maybe even more. I got a whole lot more than 36 cookies -- probably almost double that. I went back over the recipe and I don't see where I measured anything incorrectly. I'll be interested to know, as others try these wonderful cookies, if they also get more than the 3 dozen the recipe indicates. But who's complaining -- MORE IS BETTER!!!!"
"I wasn't much of a fan of these. I wish those who tweaked the recipe would have rated it on the recipe, not the way they tweaked it to make it better. From the beginning, I noticed the main recipe is the toll house recipe but they halved the butter and salt. I felt like this made the base cookie both bland and dry. I agree with other reviewers that you should substitute milk chocolate chips - and decrease them - the chocolate flavor was way too overpowering - I could not get any almond or coconut flavor. I would also increase the coconut as other commenters said and I loved the idea to exchange almond extract for the vanilla. So, next time I make these, I will double the butter and salt (per toll house), decrease the chocolate chips to 4 cups, and make them milk chocolate, increase the coconut, replace vanilla with almond extract. Maybe then they will be good. I will come back and let you know, but I will not give this recipe a better rating, because the recipe, as written, deserves 2 stars. Sorry."
"These cookies are incredible V. Thank you so much for begging your friend...they are so worth it. I can't believe how much they taste like the chocolate bar. These wonderful cookies are crisp, creamy, very chocolatey and are full of coconut. They are the bomb. I had to omit the almonds because of my dh's allergy, but I bet they are even better with the nuts. I used dairy milk chocolate chips. I'll be making these again and again. Into my keeper box this goes."
"Have made these a few times now. Have also made them in a "Mounds" style without nuts. Both have been a hit and are requested for fundraisers. Very easy to make and great as a teaching/learning recipe."
"I made these and they were an instant hit. I followed the directions exactly. I used parchment paper and it made it a snap. Will definitely make them again. I posted a picture of them."
"I made these this morning and must say they didn't taste like almond joy. Too many chocolate chips. I am reluctant to making them again. I had to mix the ending ingredients with my hands. I did however get alot of cookies out of it and must say they were just ok. Like chochlate chip cookies. My husband loves choc. chip cookies but was not to crazy about these. I don't think they they tasted at all like almond joy. The recipe should be altered! I wonder if they can be frozen."
"These are delicious!! I used 3 cups coconut and 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips. I couldn't stay away from the dough or the baked cookies!!! They taste like a chocolate chip cookie but with the yummy surprise of coconut and almond."
"So good! I love the way they look and the shape they held. I don' think they tasted like an almond joy, but they are really good. I think next time I'll used milk chocolate chips. Thanks for sharing the recipe."
"This was a wonderful cookie. My whole family really talked about how good they were. Will make them often. Thanks for posting."
"Loved these little gems!"
"This was very simple and yummy recipe! The only suggestions that I would make would be to use less chocolate chips, as they overpower the flavor of the coconut/almond. I also havled the recipe instead of the full servings suggested. I did not have any fresh almonds so I used 3 teaspoons of organic almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut emulsion. I use Guittard Chocolate Chips and they overpowered these flavors. But loved the cookie texture, a bit fluffy and chewy. Will bake again for sure but use less chocolate chips, maybe 1 cup just to sutle the chocolate flavor!"
"Most wonderful! I'm sure the original is incredible, but they're also wonderful with the following modifications (based on what I had available!) -Macadamia nuts instead of almonds. -Doubled the coconut -Toasted the coconut and chopped nuts together. -Added about a tablespoon of Amaretto. These modifications add a considerable amount of spread, so accommodate by giving them plenty of room to grow. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!"
"Not too sweet and pretty tasty but I wished they had more coconut flavor -- the texture of the coconut was there, but the almonds and chocolate seem to mask the flavor. The next time, I will add Coconut (and just a drop of) Almond extract. Made about 40 cookies from a half batch and like momma213, mine didn't spread much either so I too, flattened the 2nd, 3rd and 4th trays of cookies. My coworkers enjoyed them a great deal -- said I am too picky and my own worst critic! Mahalo for posting!"
"Really good, they didn't spread much so I flatten them some before baking. I use part Slenda and part regular sugars could be why. Thanks for a wonderful recipe."
"Wow! This does make a lot of cookies! Make sure to use a very large bowl. I was almost overflowing mine, lol. I was able to get 6 dozen good size cookies. The taste is fabulous but I would like to taste more of the coconut, maybe add a little more next time. I only used 4 cups of chocolate chips. We like our cookies on the crisper side so I baked them for about 12 minutes. Yummy with a tall glass of milk!!!"
"Just made a 1/2 a batch (there's just me and my BF), and these came out great! I'll make these again and again! 5-stars! Thanks for posting!"
"I made these and they were the best tasting cookies. I made them again because the first batch was eaten by my family so fast! In the second batch I used Christmas colored M & M's and chocolate chips. Again my family went crazy over how good these cookies are! I will continue to use this recipe for whatever combination of chips and other ingrediants I decide to use! I still like the original recipe but my family isn't that crazy about coconut! Thanks for sharing!"