There are a few questions everyone gets asked when they are with someone who is trying to get to know them. The same questions get asked as ice-breakers, in silly games, and just in life in general. We all know them.
“What is your favorite color?”
“Name your favorite movie.”
And last but not least, “What is your favorite candy bar?”
Most people have the same set answers for these questions. Sometimes they change as the years go on and as we develop new tastes and likes. Some people never have the same answer; it’s all based on whatever they are feeling at the moment. I am one of those people.
My favorite color: today, it’s orange. My favorite movie: currently, I’d have to say 500 Days of Summer. My favorite candy bar: normally I go Reese’s… but for the last two months it’s been, you guessed it, Almond Joy.
It’s usually around Fall that I start going for the chewy coconut candy, and I have yet to pinpoint why that is. Could it be the semi-sweet chocolate coating? The almost tropical packed coconut center? Or the crunch of the single chocolate covered almond on top? Who the heck knows! All I know is, put all three of those things together, and you have created my perfect bite of “joy”, my friend.
I’ve seen recipes for DIY Almond Joys and I just never tried them. There seem to always be so many steps. I am a fan of simple recipes a majority of the time. But who knows, maybe one day I’ll try my hand at the mixing, molding, freezing, dipping, and drying, but that requires so much patience; a virtue that is not my strength. For now, I’ll take the easy road to a tasty morsel of Almond Joy goodness. That is where Mom On Time Out comes in. During one of my Pinterest searches for the perfect (yet simple) replica, I stumbled across this keeper of a recipe. That was two months ago. I have since made this recipe a total of 4 times. Math is hard, so that’s about once every other week.
This recipe requires so little energy, it’s almost laughable. Seriously, the steps include, open, mix, bake, and enjoy. If you don’t have time for THOSE simple steps, then maybe you need to take a long hard look at how you live your life (note: I am not one to judge… I also generally have no time). Not only are the instructions extremely simple, this recipe has four ingredients. That’s right, I said FOUR. Guys, they could not make this any more simple that it already is.
So regardless if your favorite candy bar just so happens to match the one I’m currently obsessing over, you owe it to yourself to give these babies a try. If only for the fact that THEY. ARE. JUST. SO. SIMPLE.
- 1 14 oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup roughly chopped roasted almonds
- 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In large bowl, combine all ingredients, mix until fully combined. This may take a little bit, but I promise they will start to incorporate.
- Scoop the mixture into balls and place on parchment paper, packing the balls together slightly with your hands as it will want to just fall apart. Also, make sure to leave at least 2 1/2 inches between each ball, as the condensed milk may seep from the cookie a bit to create the base of the cookie.
- Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until you see a ring of caramelization around each cookie, and the tops get a little golden.
- Let cool completely so they set. If you pick them up too early, they will crumble.