Delicious Almond Joy Cookies Recipe

Every year when Halloween rolled around I had a secret wish. I hoped beyond hope that I’d take my daughter Trick-or-Treatin’ and she’d return with at least a few Almond Joys. You know the candy made up of sweet coconut with an almond on top dipped in chocolate? Could there be a better formula for perfection? Of course, each year I was met with opposition from my little goblin. It turned out she liked these candied morsels too. That’s where these Almond Joy Cookies stepped in to save the day.

Delicious coconut, chocolate, and almonds in each bite - Almond Joy Cookies

The thing is, my daughter was one of those kids that obviously prepared a spreadsheet in her head. This is the part of the story where in the telling of it, I roll my eyes. Because although I completely love spreadsheets as an adult, I have never had a mental tracking kind of skill, especially when I was three!

She would dump her goodies on the floor and group the candies by type and that’s when the mental counting would begin. She knew  how many she had of each. This meant I had to be stealthy in my pillaging.

“Oh, look sweetie,” I would say pointing out the window, “I think it might be The Great Pumpkin!” When she ran to the window, I’d steal a couple of Almond Joys. Terrible. I know! I’m not proud of the desperation caused by a little sugar and coconut concoction.

But you know, I’m the one who escorted her from door to door so surely I should get something out of the gig. Right?

Almond Joy Cookies, made with coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and love.

Why I Love This Almond Joy Cookies Recipe

Today my daughter doesn’t go Trick-or-Treatin’ anymore. I guess teenagers just aren’t into free candy. What’s up with that?

And what’s really ironic about this is that I’m vegan now which means I don’t even eat Almond Joy bars anymore because they’re made with milk chocolate. Don’t be sad for me. Because really I don’t even want them anymore. Once you’ve made the transition to dark chocolate, trust me, you lose the flavor for the milky stuff. So these Almond Joy Cookies are my new favorite way of getting my Halloween fix.

The good news? I don’t even have to wait for Halloween…and there’s no sneaking involved to eat them!

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Almond Joy Cookies, made with coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and love.
Almond Joy Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Enjoy Vegan Almond Joy Cookies as a delicious alternative to the candy bars you can buy in a store. These homemade cookies are healthier and tasty too!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories: 192 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • ½ cup dairy-free margarine or coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons dairy-free milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups old fashioned or instant oatmeal
  • ½ cup cocoa I used Hershey's extra dark
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup almonds roughly chopped
  1. Heat your oven to 350F.

  2. In a mixing bowl combine the margarine, almond butter and sugar and use an electric mix (or your vigorous elbow grease) and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the ground flax seeds, corn starch, dairy-free milk, water, vanilla and coconut extract to the margarine mixture. Mix again until all these ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, oatmeal, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir until combined.
  5. Add the add the well-combined flour mixture to the margarine mixture. Stir until combined.
  6. Add the coconut, chocolate chips, and chopped almonds, and, once again, stir until combined. Note: I like to reserve some of the coconut and mini chocolate chips to press onto the top of each cookie. You know, to make them really stand out!
  7. Use a cookie dough dispenser or a large tablespoon to drop cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie pan (or one prepared with parchment paper), roughly 2" apart. Top each cookie with extra coconut and mini chocolate chips and place in the heated oven. Bake for 9 - 12 minutes, depending on your preference for doneness.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool a minute or two before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Almond Joy Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Potassium 136mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you enjoy delicious fall treats, consider these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies or these Vegan Pumpkin Swirl Brownies. You’ll be glad you did! Whatever recipe you find yourself with, enjoy!

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13 Responses to Delicious Almond Joy Cookies Recipe

  1. these look AMAZING

  2. Sound scrumptious! One question though: how much water? Recipe says “1/2 water.”

    • Yes, it’s 1/2 cup. Thanks! Hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

  3. “Once you’ve made the transition to dark chocolate, trust me, you lose the flavor for the milky stuff.”
    I absolutely concur! I find every excuse possible to sneak unsweetened cocoa powder in smoothies, cookies, oatmeal…Dark chocolate is the best.

    These look fabulous!

    (And sheesh, what is up with teenagers?! Can’t wait till mine reach that blessed stage. Lot’s of fun!)

  4. Love Almond Joy…this looks delicious! What a great recipe, and best of all, it has the flavors of one of my favorite candy bars. Thanks for sharing!

  5. i think i was meant to find your blog today, because we LOVE almond joy and we love cookies…so the combo is enough to do me in! can’t wait to make! XO

  6. Oh yum! I was also a huge Almond Joy fan pre-vegan. In the past two weeks alone there have been 2 Almond Joy recipe submissions to Healthy Vegan Fridays; an Almond Joy Nut Butter and Almond Joy Oatmeal. Now your Almond Joy cookies show up in my Bloglovin’ feed! I am loving all the Almond Joy recipes!!

  7. Made these last night, Delicious!

  8. Love anything CHOCOLATE!! Have to have chocolate the MORE THE BETTER!! Easy is best otherwise probably not gonna happen!! Lol

  9. OK–so I just made these and they are fabulous. I just have a couple of clarifying questions. I did not see in the directions when to add the chopped almonds but I assumed it was when you add the chips/coconut?? Ditto Step 3 (the liquid mixture) that says to combine and set aside. I added it to the margarine/almond butter/sugar mixture and then added the dry ingredients. Did I miss something…in any event, they turned out great. I used a smaller scoop and got 9 dozen cookies. Also, the recipe (which I got from One Green Planet–has your cookie pics) did not state dark chocolate as the one on your site did. Was there a reason for that? I’ll try it next time with dark chocolate.

    • Hi Janne! Thanks so much for this feedback – it is very helpful! I have adapted the recipe to fix those two issues you discovered. The funny thing is I have gone back to this recipe to remake it a couple of times and still missed those! Sometimes I think it takes a village to write a recipe! 😉

      Regarding One Green Planet, I’m not sure how the dark chocolate notation was left off of their site. I imagine they could have removed it because it mentioned a brand name. I am not currently submitting recipes to OGP because I have asked and they have not provided links back to the originating authors’ sites. I hope some day they change this policy!


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