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Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons

Crispy and chewy. These Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons are a cross between a piece of Almond Joy candy and a cookie. What’s not to love?

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I originally shared this recipe in 2016. I’ve recently updated this post with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

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A vertical closeup photo of a tray of Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons along with a chocolate dollop and chopped nuts.

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe works:

Do you have a favorite candy?

Me, I’m not normally a candy eater, but when faced with an Almond Joy candy bar, I’m hard pressed to resist.

These chocolaty coconut macaroon cookies remind me so much of the iconic candy bar, only better.

After all, look at all that toasted coconut!!

Can these cookies be frozen after baking?

If you’re like me, you’re afraid to have cookies in the kitchen calling your name for too very long.

Thankfully, these delicious coconut cookies freeze very well in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Also, they also make a wonderfully thought gift when boxed with a parchment paper liner, some colorful tissue paper for pizzazz, and some colored ribbon with curls and bows.

But don’t forget to sneak at least one (or maybe even two) before you wrap them up! LOL

How to separate eggs:

How to beat egg white to stiff peaks?

  • Separate room temperature eggs and place the whites in an impeccably-clean medium-size, bowl.
  • Reserve the yolks for another use.
  • Beat the egg whites on high speed using a hand mixer until stiff peaks that don’t bend over form.

How to melt chocolate using a double-boiler:

What does the expresso powder do in this recipe?

It enhances the flavor of the chocolate.

It’s not a mandatory ingredient for making these macaroons, but it gives a nice boost of flavor to the semi-sweet chocolate so I recommend using it if you are able.

How to store coconut macaroons:

Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but there is no way they’re going to be around for that long.

How many cookies does this recipe make?

As written this recipe makes 24 cookies.

However, it’s easy to increase the yield if needed. See the recipe card for ingredient measurements when doubling (and even tripling) this recipe.

Can the chocolate and/or almonds be omitted from this recipe?

Sure thing.

Feel free to tailor these cookies to your tastes and preferences.

Not a fan of almonds? What about using chopped pecans or macadamia nuts instead?

Rather use a dollop of caramel instead of the chocolate? Oooh. That DOES sound good. Go for it!

Slowly melt some store-bought caramels in the microwave over medium-low heat, and you’re good to go.

Or, maybe you’d like to make your own homemade caramel? See below:

The step-by-step photos instructions for making Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons:

  • In a large bowl mix together sweetened flaked coconut, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and almond extract.
  • Separate two eggs and place the egg whites in a medium sized bowl. Blend the egg white with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the coconut mixture until thoroughly combined.
  • Drop the coconut macaroon cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the macaroons in a preheated oven until browned.
  • Meanwhile, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, and stir in espresso powder.
  • When the macaroons are cooled, dollop approximately 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie and sprinkle with chopped almond slices. 
A white platter filled with Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons with chocolate tops and chopped nuts.

Additional coconut recipes you’ll also enjoy:

*Slow Cooker Banana Coconut Pudding (shown below and in the featured video)

Comforting and extra delicious! This super easy and creamy Banana Coconut Pudding for the slow cooker will be your new favorite dessert! 

Slow Cooker Banana Coconut Pudding with Whipped Cream and Vanilla Cookies

*Coconut Pecan Praline Candy (not shown)

You can either thank me for this recipe of coconut pecan praline candy or curse me out! They’re so good and so addicting you may eat them all by yourself! Sorry. Not sorry!

*Toasted Coconut Shortbread (shown below)

These Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies are rich and buttery with a crunch and lightness that will keep you coming back for more.

A wooden platter filled with Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies dusted with confectioners sugar.

*Pan-Seared Coconut Crusted Tuna Steak (not shown)

This recipe for Pan-Seared Seared Coconut Crusted Tuna Steaks was inspired by coconut shrimp dish I’d had recently while out to dinner and the results are out of this world!!

*Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s coconut cookies topped with chocolate and almonds.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Coconut Almond Macaroon Cookie Recipe

Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Crispy and chewy. These Chocolaty Almond Joy Coconut Macaroons are a cross between a piece of Almond Joy candy and a cookie. What's not to love?
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert – Cookies
Servings 24 servings
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag (14 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 can (7 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • teaspoons espresso powder
  • ½ cup finely chopped slivered almonds

Tools and equipment

  • 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  • 2 tablespoons or a tablespoon small melon scoop
  • 2 large bowls
  • wooden spoon
  • rubber spatula
  • electric hand mixer
  • cooling rack
  • medium size microwave-safe bowl for melting chocolate
  • nut chopper (optional)
  • kitchen timer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix the coconut and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl until combined. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, use the hand mixer to whip the egg whites on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the whipped egg whites into the coconut mixture and use a rubber spatula to gently fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture until thoroughly combined.
  • Use two tablespoons or a small melon scoop to drop the macaroon dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 1" apart.
  • Bake the macaroons in a preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden brown.
  • Remove the baking sheets to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips on medium-low power in a microwave until melted. *NOTE – it is best to do this in 30 seconds intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is creamy. Trying to heat the chocolate too fast will harden the chocolate instead of turning it into a creamy consistency.
  • Stir in the espresso powder to the melted chocolate.
  • Once the cookies are cooled, dollop 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie and sprinkle liberally with the chopped almonds.

Notes

Don’t be impatient when it comes to melting chocolate in the microwave. Low and slow is always best!
The espresso powder in the recipe is optional, but it will give the chocolate a richer, deeper level of flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond joy coconut macaroons, coconut macaroons
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TheSuburbanSoapbox

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

Sharing these for my holiday cookie ideas! So good!

Renée

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

Thank you so much, Kellie! I appreciate that!!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Thursday 21st of July 2016

my dad loves Almond Joys! This birthday is coming up soon and I think 'm going to make a whole batch of these and package them up for him!

Renée

Thursday 21st of July 2016

I know that my dad would have loved these too. I think I get my love of coconut from my dad! I hope he loves them, Angie.

Nutmeg Nanny

Friday 8th of July 2016

When I have cookies in the kitchen I cannot stay away from them! These cookies would be extra dangerous. I love anything with coconut but it gets even better when you throw in chocolate and almonds.

Jessica @Savory Experiments

Thursday 7th of July 2016

They are so cute and dainty! Perfect for serving at brunch or book club. I can't wait to try them out!

Joanie @ ZagLeft

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

I love coconut macaroons and haven't made them in so long. I know I wouldn't be able to resist these, especially with the candy topping!