Almond Joy Bars

I love coconut, and chocolate… so naturally Almond Joy candy bars are one of my favorites.  This homemade spin on the classic candy bar has all the flavors of Almond Joy candy, with an additional element… a buttery crust.  The resulting combination is a rich and delicious treat!

This recipe is made in a 9″x13″ pan, and the bars are plenty rich enough that they can be served in small squares.  One pan will yield about 36 bars, making this a perfect recipe to take along to a pot-luck, or large gathering.  These beautiful bars would be very elegant served in mini cupcake liners (as I usually do with my Fudge Mint Brownies), as part of a dessert table.

 

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Almond Joy Bars

These rich and delicious bars are sure to be popular with coconut lovers

Yield: Yields 36 bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1-14 oz bag sweetened, shreded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
8 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate

Directions:

Toast the almonds by spreading them in a thin layer on a baking sheet and baking at 375*F for 5-7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them, so they don't over bake. They should be a light golden brown.

Line a 9"x13" baking pan with foil that hangs over the edge (for easy removal). Spray the foil with a light layer of cooking spray.

Make the crust-
With a mixer, or food processor, blend the butter and sugar until smooth and fully combined. Add flour and salt, and blend lightly until almost incorporated. Add 1 cup of cooled, toasted almonds, and blend until just combined.
Press crust into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake 5-6 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350*F.

Make the coconut filling-
In a bowl, mix the sweetened condensed milk, coconut and vanilla. Spoon the mixture onto the crust, spreading gently, so you don't distrub the crust.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the coconut is a nice golden brown.

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler, or in the microwave. If using a microwave, use short intervals of 30 seconds or so, stiring between intervals, and removing from microwave when the chocolate is almost, but not fully melted. Stir until fully melted.

Spread the melted chocolate over the baked coconut bars.

Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup toasted almonds on top chocolate.

Place coconut bars in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, until chocolate has hardened.

When fully chilled, remove entire dessert from the pan by pulling up on the foil liner. Slice into bars, using a sharp knife, cleaning the knife (with warm water) between cuts if you want nice, sharp bars.

Bars may be served at room temperature, or directly from the fridge. Store remaining bars in the refrigerator, wrapped well. Can be made 2-3 days in advance.

Based on a recipe from Just a Pinch

 

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58 Responses to “Almond Joy Bars”

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    Tessabelle — July 30, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Mmmm *makes drool noise* they look like heaven!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — July 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I’ll take a whole batch please!! :D

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    Blog is the New Black — July 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Wow! Just made my morning!

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    Janine (sugarkissed.net) — July 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    How did you know that I love coconut? You made these just for me, right?

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    Aurelia — July 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    These bars really look like pure joy!

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    ellenbcookery — July 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    These pictures are incredible! Great photography! I’m sure this has a lot to do with the awesome bars you baked. YUM!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Love the shortbread crust!

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    Cookbook Queen — July 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    These are absolute perfection!!!

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    sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more — July 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    oh they sound great.

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    Valerie — July 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Those look delicious! YUMMMMM…..

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    My mouth is watering! Incredible!

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    JulieD — July 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my, these look amazing!!! I just got some coconut to make coconut chicken but I may need to sneak these in too!

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    Carrie's Creations — July 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    these are gorgeous, Glory! and I love the little blue cupcake stand. :)

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    Cecilia Midgette — July 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Almond Joy is one of my favorite candy bars so I will have to try these. Yum! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

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    Martha — July 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I just drooled on my keyboard.

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    Tracy {Pale Yellow} — July 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These look amazing! Great recipe.

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    Amanda — July 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    These look delicious!! I love almonds, especially in desserts!!

    Love your new blog design too!

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    Brigita — July 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    These look so yummy. I will have to add it to my list!!!

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — July 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I have always been an Almond Joy lover, my kids don’t like them and there is always a plethora left in their Halloween bags. I can’t wait to try these and keep most for myself!!

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    Mi Vida en un Dulce — July 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Wonderful recipe, you can’t imagine how much I like almonds, having something made with almonds, plus coconut PLUS chocolate is like heaven.

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    Cherry — July 31, 2012 at 2:51 am

    They look super delicious!!

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    Jolleen The Graffitied Gardenia — July 31, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Yummy!!! I have to try these!!!

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    CookieD-oh — July 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Um…yum!

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    Paula — July 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Loving Almond Joy bars as much as I do I’m delighted that this makes a big batch! Theae squares look delicious!

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    Maria — August 1, 2012 at 12:35 am

    These look marvelous!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 1, 2012 at 2:37 am

    These look fantastically yummy!!!

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    Mandy (Project Queen) — August 1, 2012 at 4:39 am

    OH YUM!!!! These look delicious. Definitely pinning.

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    Maryann - Cookie Artisan — August 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Oh GLory! YUMMMMMMM!!!!! It looks and sounds heavenly! I swear – every photo you take looks like it belongs in a magazine!! I’ve already printed the recipe for my files!

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    Sweetsugarbelle — August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Oh my heavenly wow!!!

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    Amanda — August 3, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing!

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    Sherrill — August 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I love Almond Joys! I am definitely going to have to give these a go! Thank you so much for sharing! YUMMMMMMMMM! ;)

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    The Industrious Mommy — August 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Yaay!!! I love almond joys and this recipe looks wonderful! Can’t wait to break out the chocolate and coconut and start baking! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Karen — August 4, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Can I leave out the almonds from the crust? (Hubby loves coconut but not almonds) If so, should I replace it with some flour or should I be ok with the amount of flour that remains? Thanks!

    • Glory replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 3:08 am

      Feel free to experiment. I think the remaining flour will be enough. You’ll lose a little texture, but feel free to give it a try. You’ll still have yummy coconut and chocolate, so they can’t be too bad, right? =)

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    Shirley (we met at spring fling — August 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for making the almond joy bars receipt so easy to print! Can’t wait to try them.

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — August 8, 2012 at 4:16 am

    these sound like the perfect treat – almond joys are my weakness!

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    Vanessa — August 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I’m not a big fan of almonds, or most nuts for that matter, but this gives me an idea for doing something like this with a Nestle Crunch, a Kit Kat, or a Twix.

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    wac — August 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I will love to have my teaparty with my sister who have the heart warmth of a tea cup

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    Natalie J — August 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I recently made these bars and they were wonderful. The recipe is very simple and easy to follow. I will definitely make these again!

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    Heather — September 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    These are DELICIOUS. Got compliments across the board. Even my husband liked them and he doesn’t particularly like coconut. THank you!! Only change is, i used a 12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate, instead of 8 oz.

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    Pilar — October 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I just discover your web and is perfect. Thank you to post recipes. Best regards from Barcelona.

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    Turkan — October 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Glory,

    I love to try your receips, they’re amazing and your explanations are very helpfull.
    I don’t think that I can find sweetened condensed milk in Turkey. Can I replace it with anouther liquid, what could you suggest?
    Ans one more quiestion; I couldn’t understand the amount of 1-14 oz. could you pls last time write for me how shall I convert to grams. I know that 1 oz makes 28,349… grams but i didnt get what 1-14 is .
    thank you very much
    Turkan

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    Kathleen — March 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Dear Turkan,

    The recipe calls for one can of sweetend condensed milk. Here in the United States, the cans are 14 oz. The same goes for the bag of coconut, one bag that is 14 oz. I typically “google search” my substitution questions for certain ingredients if I do not have them at home. I found this on a website regarding the sweetend condensed milk:

    “The best make-your-own version is to mix 1 cup of evaporated milk ( comes in a can) with 1-1/4 cups of sugar in a saucepan, heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, and let cool. If you don’t have evaporated milk in a can on hand either, you can make your own by slowly simmering any quantity of milk in a pan until it reduced by 60%, and then adding the sugar to make sweetened condensed milk”.

    Hope this helps! I am so excited to make these tonight!

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    Kim — May 11, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Hey I made these and I was just wondering about the crust, is it supposed to be like grainy or I don’t know how to say it but I guess like powdery or something? I don’t know if I did it right, it was my first time but it still turned out tasting good but the crust just like fell apart… please explain and help! :)

    • Glory replied: — May 18th, 2013 @ 2:46 am

      Hi Kim, My only suggestion might be to press the crust mixture into the pan a bit firmer. As needed sometimes I wet my hands with a bit of water (if you find the crust mixture is sticking to your hands) as you are pressing it in the pan. Another suggestion might be to bake the crust portion just a minute or two longer.

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    kimberlee — August 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Are the bars substantial enough to hold up to double the layer of chocolate?

    • Glory replied: — August 24th, 2013 @ 4:13 am

      Hi Kimberlee, I’m not sure why you would need to double the chocolate, it has a nice layer as is… but feel free to make any adjustments you like. If the chocolate is too thick it may be a bit more difficult to cut, but if the bars are well chilled and you use a warm, clean knife (cleaning between cuts), you should have success.

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    Dee — August 31, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I was just wondering – if I made these in mini cupcake liners, how much would the baking time change? Thanks for any help you can offer. :)

    • Glory replied: — September 18th, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

      Hi Dee, I’ve never tried to make this recipe that way, so I can’t say for sure. I would guess the baking time would be very similar to what I have listed in the recipe. I can’t see any real benefit of making this recipe in mini liners, and I think it may be quite a bit more work. But I always encourage experimenting, so give it a try if you like! =)

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    Liz — January 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I just made these this weekend and they were super delicious. Here are the problems I encountered with the recipe. You can’t make the recipe and then stick in the fridge for an hour, it will still be hot and chocolate will still be completely melted, I did that and then had to stick in the freezer for an hour Also, I had a hard time spreading 8 oz of melted chocolate around so I had to add more.

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    Jean — March 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I just made these and I agree that you need more chocolate in order to spread around. I didn’t double the chocolate but I definitely had to add more to cover.

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