12 Days of Edible Gifts: Almond Joys

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sometimes you feel like a nut...

And sometimes you feel like a nut in the center of a coconut nugget covered in chocolate. 

AKA, homemade almond joys. 

I could make these forever. They are very simple  and oh-so delicious. 

The perfect little pick me up. (Also the perfect gift to bring over to my neighbors.)

Here's how:

30 or so almonds 
2 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar 
about 20 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips 
pinch of salt 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
Spread almonds onto a separate (unlined) baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes. Be careful they don't burn! Remove from oven and cool. 
In a medium bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Stir in the unsweetened coconut until combined. The mixture will be thick. Place mixture in the freezer for about 30 minutes. 
Remove the coconut mixture. With clean hands shape one tablespoon of coconut into a ball.
Pressing firmly, place the balls on the lined baking sheet and continue until you've gone through the remaining coconut mixture. 
Press an almond on top of each coconut ball. Place baking sheet in the fridge to chill while you melt the chocolate. 
Add about 2 inches of water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl and place the bowl over the simmering water. 
Make sure the bowl is about 1 inch from the boiling water. Stir the chocolate as it melts. Turn the heat off once the chocolate has melted. Keep the bowl of melted chocolate over the hot water. 
Remove candies from fridge. Place one coconut almond ball on a fork. Use a spoon and cover the candy in chocolate. Place back on lined baking sheet. Repeat until all coconut balls are coated. 
If chocolate gets thick, just turn the stove back on and heat slightly.
Let dipped candy harden in the fridge for 45 minutes. 

{Recipe adapted from Celebrations at Home}



  1. I was just looking at this thinking I need to make these [again] and then realized it was the post I wrote from the for Celebrations at Home! So happy you liked it :)

  2. Liked!? I LOVED Them! Along with everything else you do!!!

    You commenting on my blog made my day! I feel like I just got an autograph from a celebrity! : )

    Merry Christmas!


  3. What a great idea!! I love almond joys and never thought about making them myself!

  4. You got to try making these sometime... they are simple and way more delicious then the packaged brand (if that is even possible!)

    : ))


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