Almond Joy Cookies

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Recently, I posted on my fellow food blogger Laura’s site that I completely agreed with her assertion–“it’s hard to photograph brown food.” I don’t know if it’s related to my technique, my unsophisticated point and shoot camera, or to the brown food itself, but I had the hardest time shooting these cookies. Photography struggles aside, the cookies are good, dang good. Admittedly, they’re kind of a cross between a brownie and a cookie, especially if you eat them warm. If you like that kind of thing–a tender cookie with fun texture, then these cookies are for you. And as I was writing this post, I thought to myself…”mmmm, these would be even better with actual cut up almond joy pieces in them.” I’ll save that level of decadence for next time :)…

Almond Joy Cookies (Printable Recipe)


1/2 cup earth balance (or butter)–softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon hot water

1 cup flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sliced almonds

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut


*Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, cream earth balance and sugars until smooth. Add extracts and egg. Mix. Dissolve baking soda in hot water; add to egg/sugar mixture. Mix until fully incorporated.

*In second bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, coconut, and almonds. Mix. Add dry to wet, mix until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for ten minutes. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes until golden brown.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. The cookies look wonderful.

  2. YUMM…..can you send a few my way? πŸ˜› sound and look good.

  3. Chocolate and coconut together – oh goodness! These look delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  4. I hear you, Tiffany. It’s so hard to take nice pictures of brown food. Like Japanese curry, some kind of meat, brown noodles… Asian food has lots of brown food (maybe due to soy sauce?). And they don’t look pretty at all unless I decorate with some green etc. So it’s not just you. πŸ˜‰ Your almond cookies look so good! I love chocolate with almond (ice cream, cookies, pure chocolate). I’ll kill these cookies in a second. πŸ˜‰

  5. Brown food is tough to photograph, but it usually tastes amazing. Your cookies look great, I can’t wait to try this recipe!
    (also I have the almond joy jingle stuck in my head now)

  6. Ooo I should make these with my almond joy cupcakes! I love a warm, fresh, cookie so thanks for sharing!

  7. I always have a hard time photographing white foods, like mashed potatoes. It’s like my camera is too smart for it’s own good and doesn’t want to focus. They sound delicious though!

  8. Even if the photos might not be the best ( I completely agree with the brown food comment.) I would love to try these. Almond Joys are my favorite candy bar. I would love the cookie form.

  9. These cookies remind me of the no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies my mom made when I was growing up. They sound yummy. Isn’t it funny how some food is just impossible to take a good picture of?

  10. Ohhh, can you send me a batch please???? hehehehe They look soooo amazingly good and chewy! I love almonds in sweets, so I am easily sold on this recipe Tiff!!! πŸ™‚

  11. I have a hard time photographing cookies, period. I don’t know why, but good composition eludes me when it comes to small, tasty rounds of cooked dough! But yours look good regardless, I think we definitely get the picture (pun intended!).

  12. Looks great! Love the pics!

  13. I agree – Brown food is hard to get a good picture of. I am new to taking food pictures, and am lucky to get a good picture of any color. But I had one heck of a time taking picture of chocolates today – hoping for better light so I can do better tomorrow!

  14. these are awesome! Love that kind of candy so these must be fabulous!

  15. Tiffany….that is so true about brown food not photographing well. I’ve struggled with brownie pictures in the past. But these cookies….chocolate and coconut. Doesn’t get much better than that! And warm and chewy out of the oven….I’m gonna give you 5 M’s on that one….MMMMM! : )

  16. I think the pictures look good…I would still eat at least 2 or 3 of these =)
    They look yummy

  17. Haha! Damn the brown food photography. πŸ™‚ Those chocolate sea salt cookies tasted way better than they looked on film!

    I’ll be making these brown cookies next!

  18. who knew photographing food was so hard right? I’m with you in the struggles to learn! The cookies sound great- love anything chocolate and coconut!

  19. I love almond joys and these cookies look scrumptious! Def need to try these!

  20. Love, love, LOVE these!! Who cares about the photo, I know by the title that I will devous a whole batch of these!! fabulous!!

  21. But your brown food photgraphy is very impressive, tiffany. I must try out these delectable cookies soon!

  22. Delectable combo! Coconut gives an added flavor to this fantastic cookies…

  23. I agree with everyone – brown food is HARD to photograph. It needs serious styling! And lets face it, a lot of the time when we’re baking for our posts, by the time we get around to photography its dark and we’re tired. But as your recipe attests, the photo is irrelevant – they sound scrumptious!

  24. wow…gorgeous looking cookies…feel like grabbing a few…:)

  25. Almond Joy has always been my favorite candy bar, so I’m sure these cookies would be awesome!

  26. almond…….coconut ……….and cookies oh … i love this combination…….u make very nicely :).

  27. Brown food or not, these cookies still look yumi-licios! I love almond joys because I love chocolate and coconut. You had me running over here when you mentioned it was in a cookie. Wow! I agree with food photography, it’s not as easy as it looks. I also have trouble with it. I have a point and shoot and well sometimes I get lucky with my photos and sometimes I wish I had a DSLR to give the food the justice it deserves. I think you did a great job… I wish I could grab one of those cookies right now. Mmmmmmm……

  28. Two of my favorite candy bars when I was a kid were Mounds and Almond Joy. I love that you’ve created a cookie form.

  29. Hehee. Brown food difficult to photo? Yes – but let’s face it: when they are good as this, there’s no blooming TIME to take photos!

  30. Yum. Delicious. Just looking at the recipe I know I would absolutely LOVE these. Great work, lovely lady!

  31. These can’t help but be delicious. I am very new to your blog and have spent some time poking around. I’m so glad I did that. You have created a wonderful spot for your readers to visit and I’ve enjoyed the time I spent here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • What a lovely comment! Thanks Mary!

  32. I don’t know what almond joys are but these sound delicious. Chocolate & almond is my favourite combination especially chocolate with amaretto! πŸ˜€

  33. It is hard to photograph brown food! And so much of food is brown! At least they taste delicious, even if they weren’t the most photogenic cookie!

  34. I love almond joy, and your cookies look very tasty..full of flavor for sure..Yummy!!!

  35. I believe you! These have got to taste wonderful! Chocolate + Coconut = Heaven πŸ™‚

  36. OH MY YUMMINESS! I want some!! Like a dozen. πŸ™‚ Almond Joy is one of my favorite chocolate candies… these have got to be awesome! Thanks for the recipe… I’ll be making these soooooon!

  37. I hear you.. some food are just to difficult to shoot and most often it turns out to be either your fav recipe or a recipe you taste supper yummy.. happens with me all the time!
    These cookies sounds yummy to me .. i am a cookie monster and i love cookies anytime πŸ™‚

  38. These sound incredible! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

  39. Def. just died and went to heaven. Amaaaaazing! They look so good!

  40. “Brown food is hard to photograph” I love that. But brown food is so yummy and THESE look Great!

  41. These sound good. I love almond joy inspired desserts.

  42. You had me at almond joy….mmmm….

  43. Yum, your “brown food” looks really delicious.

  44. Mmmm! These look amazing. Must try soon!

  45. Yes, some food are more difficult to phtograph than others. I absolutely agree with Jill about no “blooming time” to take photos…hehe! The cookies sound awesome and I would like it warm please.

  46. It is kinda hard to make brown food look great, but these cookies definitely have the right name. I feel quite joyful reading the list of ingredients – lots of my favourites.

  47. Ah, brown food…totally feel you on it. These still sound delish, though! I remember hating Almonds Joys as a kid…but I’ve totally been converted since. Yum!

  48. Love the photo. Love the recipe. Madly in love with Almond Joy’s. When my kids went out for Halloween I’d pilfer all of their Almond Joy’s.

  49. Oh, hubs would love these!

  50. Yum, I bet these are good! I have a hard time photographing brown food as well. Even in the best light it still looks strange.

  51. I’ve got a point and shoot too and my photography handicaps are not limited to brown food. Everything causes me pain and suffering. I dream about using a new camera almost daily. Save my pennies.

    • I’m sooooooo with you! I’m hoping Santa will bring me a new camera this year (and macro photography classes :D)…

  52. I am not sure I care at this point how they seem to photograph because I can still tell that “I Want One” and I don’t have one πŸ™ These sound fantastic and look pretty good as well πŸ™‚

  53. The cookies look great! Picture perfect. πŸ™‚

  54. Almond Joy’s are one of the best candy bars! I love this recipe, too! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    I recently got some Almond Joy flavored coffee creamer! I love coconut in the summer time…

    Thanks for sharing!

  55. This recipe looks amazing!! I love almond joy and baking with a delicious candy bar seems like a brilliant idea πŸ™‚

    And I know what you mean about photographing brown foods… Tricky to get a good looking picture haha

  56. In my experience, it’s the background that’s going to make brown foods pop. Try using a warm color plate: bright yellow, orange or red. Garnishes help, too. Try a curl of lemon or orange rind or sprig of mint. Now, as for here, we’re looking for yummy food, like these cookies, not artfully styled photos!