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Almond Joy Cookies

So… baking. That thing I used to do all the time. Well, I’m getting back into it! It has been (and will probably continue to be) a slow process getting back into the swing of things, but I think it’s finally back to stay. I’ve made a lot of excuses for the past several months about being too busy to get into the kitchen, but the stuff making me busy has rarely been fun. So, if I can make time for un-fun, often stressful and rather unpleasant things, then I sure as heck can make time for some fun, right?  Plus baking has this magical way of making a bad day seem less awful, or turning a terrible mood into something more manageable. So please take these cookies as a re-commitment of myself to this space. I can’t promise I’ll be here all the time, but I can promise not to disappear completely again.

To re-enter my little blogging universe, I picked something perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday. I’m such a sucker for holiday-themed candy — especially M&M’s (the almond or mint variety are my favorites), which are one of my most guilty pleasures. I picked up a bag of Easter-colored Almond M&M’s with the intent to make something delicious with them, and that is exactly what I did.

Easter Almond Joy Cookies

Since these Almond M&M’s have two of three components in an Almond Joy, I decided to throw some shredded coconut into the mix and make Almond Joy Cookies. They’re really loaded up with the good stuff – when I was folding in my coconut, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips, I had a moment of feeling like I’d totally over-done it with the mix-ins. Not to worry, I didn’t!

Easter Almond Joy Cookies

These cookies are really fantastic. They’re no frills but the flavors all meld together to create a really well-balanced and comforting little cookie. I added a little bit of whole wheat flour, which I really only did to make myself feel better about eating them (please don’t call me out on my delusional ways…), and topped them with Easter M&M’s. These cookies could easily be made without the M&M’s — I actually ran out of M&M’s towards the end, and made some plain, and they’re almost just as good. But however you spin it, these cookies are great. Wonderfully crispy around the edges, and pleasantly chewy in the center. I opted to use raw almonds, because I really like the flavor, and I think that it lends a distinct taste and texture to the finished cookie. It plays so nicely with the sweetened coconut and dark chocolate chips.

Easter Almond Joy Cookies

If you’re looking for something simple but really satisfying, give these a try. They freeze well, and have been keeping my sweet tooth sated for the past week or so each night after dinner. You can’t beat a homemade sweet treats to round out a busy day!

Easter Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry four
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate covered almonds or almond M&Ms

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare your baking sheet: either line with a silicone baking mat, or grease lightly, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine both flours, baking soda and salt, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla to combine. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Press M&M's or chocolate covered almonds into cookies, as desired. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges, and set in the center. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
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One Response to “Almond Joy Cookies”

  1. Michelle Lahey says:

    The Easter M&Ms are my favorite! Glad you’re making more time for fun and baking these days. :)

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