Almond Joy Cookies

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ALMOND JOY THUMBPRINT COOKIES: An easy to make almond joy thumbprint cookie with a chocolate cookie base, fluffy and light coconut frosting, almond, and a chocolate drizzle! via chelseasmessyapron.com

Almond Joy Cookies start with a brownie cookie base and are loaded with a creamy coconut frosting, an almond, and a chocolate drizzle!

Once you’ve satisfied your cravings for everything almond joy cookies related, be sure to try these snickerdoodle cookies, oatmeal cookies (or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies), or peanut butter cookies!ALMOND JOY THUMBPRINT COOKIES: An easy to make almond joy thumbprint cookie with a chocolate cookie base, fluffy and light coconut frosting, almond, and a chocolate drizzle! via chelseasmessyapron.com

Almond Joy Cookies

What are the ingredients in Almond Joy candy bars?

The candy bars consist of a coconut-based center, are topped with one or two almonds, and that combination is coated in a layer of milk chocolate.

So for these almond joy cookies — we’re starting with a milk chocolate base, filling it with a coconut center (coconut frosting), adding an almond, and topping it with another layer of milk chocolate. The perfect conversion from candy bar to cookie! 🙂 

Let’s Chat Brownie Mix

Brownie mix: I have tested these cookies with several different brownie mixes and taste testers agreed the Betty Crocker® Delights Brownie Mix (Supreme Chocolate Chunk) was the absolute best (Not sponsored, just sharing taste test results). Whatever brownie mix you opt to use, ensure the ounces (18 ounces) and/or grams (510) are congruent with the recipe in order for these cookies to turn out right.

What pudding mix to use

While it would be nice if any boxed pudding worked in this recipe, this part of the recipe is very specific.

We’re looking to use chocolate instant pudding mix and not the cook-and-serve type. We also want to ensure the pudding mix is not sugar-free or reduced-calorie — those varieties won’t work the same.

The other thing to keep an eye out for is the pudding box size. There are typically two sizes — a larger and smaller one. We want to get the small 3.9 ounce (110g) box.

When using the pudding mix in these cookies, use the dry mix — don’t prepare it according to package directions.

Brownie Cookies 

Beyond the brownie mix and pudding mix that were discussed above, here are the remaining base cookie ingredients, plus a few notes:

  • Butter: I recommend unsalted butter since brownie mix and pudding mix both have salt in them– and you don’t want salty cookies. Room temperature or slightly softened butter is best for these cookies.
  • Cream cheese: For optimal flavor and thickness, I recommend full-fat brick-style cream cheese. Avoid Neufchâtel or reduced-fat cream cheese.
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds both flavor and vibrancy to the cookies. 
  • Chocolate chips: We like milk chocolate best, but semi-sweet or dark will work just as well. 

 

How to make almond joy cookies:

  • The base is an easy chocolate brownie cookie made with a brownie mix (I’ve used this base a few times in other recipes and it always gets rave reviews). The center filling is one of the BEST frostings ever — it’s packed with coconut flavor and has great texture from actual shredded coconut.
  • And of course, no almond joy copycat is complete without having an actual ALMOND in the center.
  • Last, but not least, a little chocolate drizzle over top for good measure. It might sound like a lot, but these cookies are surprisingly quick and easy to make! All the components to these cookies come together nicely and don’t take too much time.

An easy to make almond joy thumbprint cookie with a chocolate cookie base, fluffy and light coconut frosting, almond, and a chocolate drizzle! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

If you’re looking to wow people this holiday season with some crazy good cookies — this is your recipe! And, in case you were wondering, my husband is obsessed with these. Good to know after all these years he’s as crazy about almond joys as I am!

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Almond Joy Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Easy to make almond joy cookies with a chocolate cookie base, fluffy and light coconut frosting, an almond, and a chocolate drizzle!
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Almond Joy Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Easy to make almond joy cookies with a chocolate cookie base, fluffy and light coconut frosting, an almond, and a chocolate drizzle!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword almond joy cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 58 thumbprint sized cookies
Calories 57kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Cookie

  • 4 ounces full-fat cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix dry
  • 1/4 cup white flour
  • 1 package (18.4 ounces) fudge brownie mix

Coconut Frosting

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon coconut extract*
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk (coconut milk if you have some!)
  • 1/2 of 1 (7 ounce) bag sweetened flaked coconut so about 3 and 1/2 ounces

Finish them off

  • Diamonds of California Whole Almonds
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or vegetable oil

Instructions

Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl fitted to a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until completely smooth. They must both be at room temperature -- do not melt or soften in the microwave of your cookies will flatten more/ be less thick. Just leave out for about 45 minutes to an hour and they'll be perfect!
  • Beat in the large egg and vanilla.
  • Beat in the pudding mix (do not prepare), and flour.
  • Beat in the fudge brownie mix. It will be EXTREMELY thick. This is intended; it might seem like it's not coming together, but keep mixing, it will.
  • Pack the dough into a full 1 tablespoon measuring spoon and then roll into a ball and transfer that ball of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat liner. The cookies should be pretty small like a typical thumbprint cookie (I've tested this recipe a few times & they always make right around 54-58 thumbprint sized cookies).
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes. Slightly under-baking these cookies gives them an awesome taste and texture like ultra fudge-y brownies so err on the side of slightly under-baking.
  • When the cookies come out of the oven, press the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon into the center of the cookies.
  • Allow to completely cool before frosting.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and shortening until smooth. Beat in the extracts, a pinch of salt, and powdered sugar.
  • Add in the milk to get to desired consistency -- you want it to be on the thick side. Fold in the coconut until well combined.

Finish them off

  • Frost the cookies generously and evenly to use all the frosting equally between the cookies.
  • Press an almond into the frosting in the center of each of the cookies.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the oil. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Transfer the melted chocolate into a plastic bag and cut off the very tip.
  • Pipe that melted chocolate generously over top of the cookies. Allow to set.

Recipe Notes

*Add coconut extract to taste preference. A little bit goes a long way! You can find coconut extract in the baking aisle with other extracts.
The cookies in the pictures do seem larger than they actually are (unintentionally!! I used a macro lens that really gets up close and in the details. Follow the instructions for size and not necessarily the pictures. 🙂

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 57kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these tonight for a family gathering. They were amazing! I can’t wait to make them again. They’re perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing! Sooo many compliments. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These look amazing!! How long do they stay good for? I’m hesitant to bake them too far before Christmas if they don’t hold up.

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