Almond Joy Sandwich Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Candy Filling –

If you like Almond Joy or Mounds candy bars you will love these sweet sandwiches. Two chewy chocolate cookies hug a scoop of coconut candy. Almond Joys are some of my favorite treats. Last Halloween I raided my son’s trick or treat pail looking for those blue wrappers. They inspired this recipe. I figured coconut candy is good but coconut candy surrounded with almond scented chocolate cookies is great!

Flour and Cocoa in Sifter

Start with the simple cookies. Preheat the oven to 325 while you sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

Pouring Butter onto Brown and White Sugar

Then beat melted butter with brown sugar and white sugar. Melted butter and brown sugar help cookies retain moisture so they turn out perfectly chewy.

Two Eggs in Cookie Dough

Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. A splash of almond extract is my secret ingredient in so many cookies. People always ask “what is that awesome flavor?” Now my secret is out but I’m glad to share it with you.

Adding Dry Ingredients to Chocolate Cookie Batter

Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture.

Scoops of Chocolate Cookie Dough

Scoop them into balls that each contain two teaspoons of cookie dough.

Chocolate Cookies on Pan

Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are set but the centers remain soft. Let them cool on the pan for five minutes. The scent of melted chocolate mingling with just a hint of almond is so tempting.

Chocolate Cookies on Wire Rack

Remove your chocolate goodies from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Coconut Candy Filling

While they cool, mix up your filling. You won’t believe how easy it is! Combine coconut, sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Yep, that’s it!

Chocolate Cookie With Coconut Candy Filling

Place a level tablespoon of candy on half the cookies then top them with the remaining cookies.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Candy Filling

They are now ready to eat. I’m already thinking about what candy to turn into a cookie next. You can tell me your candy cookie suggestions in the comment section below the recipe.

Coconut Candy Sandwich Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Candy Filling

Yields 28
Chewy chocolate sandwich cookies filled with coconut candy. The filling tastes like the center of Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars.


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Ingredients
  1. FOR THE COOKIES
  2. 1 and 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces) flour
  3. 1/2 cup (2.25 ounces) cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1 cup (7.75 ounces) brown sugar
  8. 3/4 cup (5.3 ounces) white sugar
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  12. FOR THE FILLING
  13. 2 cups (10 ounces) sweetened coconut firmly packed
  14. 3/4 cup (7.5 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  15. 1 and 1/4 cups (5 ounces) powdered sugar
  16. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter. Cool.
  2. In small bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl beat melted butter with brown sugar and white sugar. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  4. Scoop dough onto pan using a two teaspoon scoop. Place two inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are set. Cool on pan for five minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
  5. In medium bowl combine coconut, sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Scoop one level tablespoon of dough onto half of the cooled cookies. Top with remaining cookies.
Notes
  1. Store tightly covered at room temperature for up to three days.
  2. If you don’t have a two teaspoon cookie scoop you can measure two teaspoons of dough at a time and form into balls.
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6 comments on Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Candy Filling

  1. Meg A. Watt
    February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Um, these are absolute perfection – delicious, smooth, chocolatey. Just plain fabulousness. TRY THEM. =)

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  2. RobinM61
    February 21, 2014 at 7:47 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely! I’m going to try to make them gluten and dairy free–Gluten Free Café flour, Earth Balance spread, and cream of coconut in place of the condensed milk. I’ll let you know if they turn out! Ingredients on shopping list, drooling…can’t wait to try!! Thanks!

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    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      February 21, 2014 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

      That sounds interesting. I know a lot of people want gluten free and dairy free options. Will you please let me know how your idea turns out so I can share the results with all of the readers?

      Reply
  3. CakePants
    February 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Almond Joy inspired cookies?? I’m sold! Last Halloween I bought a candy medley for my students, and uh, let’s just say, they never knew the original mix included Almond Joys.

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    • Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile
      February 28, 2014 at 8:27 am (4 years ago)

      Those things are dangerous. At first I think “fun size” equals portion control but it doesn’t count it you it three!

      Reply

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