Four Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies

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.

4 Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 14 mins
Total time: 19 mins
Serves: 36 cookies
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, combine all ingredients, mix until fully combined. This may take a little bit, but I promise they will start to incorporate.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until you see a ring of caramelization around each cookie, and the tops get a little golden.
  5. Let cool completely so they set. If you pick them up too early, they will crumble.

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  1. I found that there were too many chocolate chips and that no matter what i did- they stuck to the pan. I used wax paper, spray on wax paper and silicone mat. I was going to take them to a cookie exchange but ended up having to put and go back to my back up!

    1. Hi Ann! Thanks so much for stopping by. The recipe actually calls for parchment paper- which will not melt with your cookies. But wax will definitely melt! I have made this small mistake too baking something else before- such a bummer! Hope that next time they turn out well.

    2. I agree. No matter what I did the cookie would not hold together to get them on a sheet. And then after cooking they didn’t release from the parchment. The recipe was overly dry. I even used less coconut flakes (12oz instead of 14oz.) My batter looked nowhere near like the pictures. And if it weren’t for the chocolate chips they would have no flavor at all. I consider the recipe to be an epic fail. And I am a good baker. I won’t make these again.

  2. Just made these for our church shut ins and they came out awesome. I also will try freezing some (if they make it) due to a cookie exchange coming up. I did wet my fingers to shape and baked on parchment letting them cool a little before removing. No problems great cookie and already put it in my book as a keeper.

    1. Thank you so much Kathryn! So glad to hear that they turned out well- haha I understand the struggle of the cookie exchange! Had to make two batches of cookies for mine also because they didn’t last. Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas.

    1. Hi Bernice! Sorry that we are late to this comment due to the craziness of the holidays! We haven’t tried that yet- did you find success with this method? Please let us know. Thanks! 🙂

  3. These have been a go to for me to take to events. I get requests for them and they are my favorite! I use a scoop and wet my fingers to form so they are all uniform in size. They are the best!!