Dessert Shortbread

Almond Joy Bars




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Almond Joy Bars ~ These taste just like the candy bar only better.  The thick bittersweet chocolate layer is insanely good and the coconut shortbread crust takes the edge off the sweetness.


You probably have all the ingredients lying around, so I would suggest making these asap.  And I’m not just saying that because I want company in my gluttony.  Although I would feel better if I weren’t the only one pigging out on these this weekend.

Notes: Because of the moist coconut and the crumb crust these look a bit shaggy when cut, but they are really really good!  You can also use milk or semi-sweet chocolate if you want to.

Almond Joy Bars
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Category: Dessert, Shortbread

Almond Joy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 stick, 8 Tbsp, unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour (you can substitute regular flour)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 oz, (2 bags) sweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • whole almonds
  • 12 oz bittersweet baking chocolate squares, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp shortening (Crisco)

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Line a 9x12 baking dish with foil that hangs over the edge (for easy removal and cutting) and spray with cooking spray.
  3. To make the crust blend the butter and sugar with the flours in a bowl using your fingers until the butter is thoroughly incorporated and the mixture is crumbly. Work it for several minutes so that there is no loose flour left.
  4. Press the crust onto the bottom of the pan, using the back of a measuring cup to press it firmly and evenly. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. In a bowl mix together the coconut, condensed milk and vanilla. Spoon the mixture over the crust and spread out gently so you don't disturb the crust too much.
  6. Press almonds lightly onto the surface of the coconut and bake for about 20 minutes.
  7. Put the chocolate and the shortening in a glass measuring cup. Heat it in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until it is just melted. Stir until smooth. Don't over heat.
  8. Working quickly, pour the chocolate over the coconut, spreading it out smoothly. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm. Cut into squares.

 

 

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  • Reply
    Judy M. Miller
    July 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    These sound wonderful! I love the fact that the top is bittersweet chocolate. A wonderful contrast to the sweet filling!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 25, 2017 at 7:27 am

      I’m a dark chocolate girl all the way, and if I can use bittersweet, even better ~ hope you give these a try Judy!

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    Kim
    May 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    These are fantastic!
    I did do a GF version with almond flour in place of the all-purpose flour, and kept the coconut flour.

    Next time I plan to swap half unsweetened coconut since I prefer a less-sweet cookie.

    But I know my friends and family will devour these.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      I think that’s a great idea Kim!

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    Tammy
    September 16, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I bet if you had everything except the almonds you could
    Make them into Mounds Bars. I am gonna try. Got everything
    but the almonds.
    Thank you!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

      You bet you could!

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    Alta
    September 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Sue I am a Almond Joy lover so I will be making these for sure. Want to ask where do you find coconut flour, the health food store?

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Hi Alta, I get it at Whole Foods, and you can always find it online. You can make your own by getting some unsweetened flaked coconut and grinding it in your food processor.

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        Alta
        September 25, 2013 at 1:04 am

        Thanks Sue we don’t have a Whole Foods here but I do have a food processor and I’m sure I can find some unsweetened flaked coconut. Can’t wait to try these.

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    sms
    June 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Wow, these are the perfect thing to make for my mother-in-law. Do you think substituting Almond Flour for the regular flour would be ok?

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    July 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Hi Sue – I finally made these bars and LOVE them. Just put up a post about how yummy they are. I have no will power when there is something like this in the kitchen.

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    Lizzy
    July 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Mmmmmm…I go weak in the knees for coconut desserts and this one looks AMAZING!

  • Reply
    Ciao Chow Linda
    April 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m so glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment, allowing me to find yours. wow, what a wealth of lip-smacking recipes and beautiful photos. everythimg looks so delicious, from these cookies ( candies almost) to the Japanese recipe. I’ll be back.

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    Lorelei
    April 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I am going to make these tomorrow! Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Thyme (Sarah)
    April 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Yowsers! I am the only one that adores coconut and chocolate. These would be ALL mine.

  • Reply
    grace
    April 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    these are superior to the actual candy bar in so many ways–nice find!

  • Reply
    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen
    April 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    JOY BARS! Bars that bring me joy! definite!

  • Reply
    MyFudo™
    April 2, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Fantastic combo! This is totally iressistible…

  • Reply
    Andrea
    April 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Could these be made Gluten free? Has anyone tried it?

  • Reply
    Jules and Ruby
    April 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    oh my!…these look too delicious. i’m afraid, very afraid to make these.

  • Reply
    Nantucket Daffodil
    April 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Yummy! Best part is, these would be gluten free for my daughter!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I’m two squares over from you on your FG submission. Congrats!

    These look so amazing…and just last week I made yellow cake bars, topped with coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and choc (and butterscotch) chips.

    These bars of yours are so me!

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    Lori
    April 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    This look amazing! My family loves coconut. This will be perfect for Easter. Great timing for me! :)

  • Reply
    Mary
    April 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I am THRILLED that you have a FB page now!! These bars looks insanely good too. Have a wonderful Sunday!!

  • Reply
    Gerlinde in Dallas
    April 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    These bars look absolutely decadent. I love that thick crown of chocolate you gave them!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    April 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Wow and wow again. The thick chocolate top looks amazing. I wish I could make these but I’m attending a wedding in April and want to fit into something that’s not a tent. Will be making these for sure after the wedding!!!!

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    Slow Cooking Kitchen
    April 1, 2012 at 4:21 am

    These look wonderful!! And I love your use of almonds =)) Thanks for sharing this!!

  • Reply
    Katie
    April 1, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Woah! I’m in love with Almond Joy bars, and this version sounds just fantastic. Your photographs look beautiful too.

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    Words Of Deliciousness
    April 1, 2012 at 2:27 am

    These almond joy bars look amazing. I am a big fan of the candy bar, so I am sure that I would love these.

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    April 1, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Oh boy, almond joy candy bars are my favorite in the whole world and I’m going to be obsessing on these bars until I make them. Love your photos too, Sue.

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    Rose
    March 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Decadent!

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    Stephanie
    March 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Oh wow Sue, those look phenomenal! I like the idea of coconut flour. I haven’t experimented with it before. Will definitely have to check that out since I’m a coconut addict…and chocolate too, so this is making me drool!