Almond Joy Cookies — Vegan Coconut Cookies Recipe (2024)

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This almond joy cookies recipe makes a sweet, tender cookie that tastes like a favorite candy treat! This recipe is made without butter or eggs so you can share them with just about anyone. This is a coffee shop-quality cookie that is full of flavor, texture, and lots of chocolate chips. If you love coconut cookies, this one is for you!

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Every year when Halloween rolled around, I had a secret wish. I hoped beyond hope that I’d take my daughter Trick-or-Treatin’, and she’d return with at least a few Almond Joys.

You know the candy made up of sweet coconut with an almond on top dipped in chocolate? Could there be a better formula for sweet perfection? Of course, each year I was met with opposition from my little goblin. It turned out she liked these candies, too.

One day I saw some tasty almond joy cookies on Facebook, and I was inspired. Of course, that recipe wasn’t vegan. So, I decided to make an almond joy cookie recipe without eggs or dairy so I could enjoy the flavor of my favorite candy!

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What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Reserve some of the chopped almonds, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes to press them into the top of the cookie dough balls before baking. This will leave you with dramatic and beautiful cookies that look like they belong in a coffee shop
  • Using both baking soda and baking powder makes these cookies pillowy soft and tender
  • Combining coconut oil with vegan butter creates a perfectly flavored cookie with both buttery and coconutty tastes.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Vegan butter — For storebought, you can use Earth Balance or Miyokos, or you can make your own vegan butter.
  • Coconut oil — I recommend using virgin coconut oil for the most coconut flavor.
  • Brown sugar — You can use light, brown, or homemade brown sugar.
  • Flour — I recommend using all-purpose flour, or you can use whole wheat pastry flour. To make gluten-free almond joy cookies, substitute gluten-free baking flour.
  • Baking soda + baking powder — Make sure yours is fresh by testing a bit of baking soda with vinegar or baking powder in hot water. If it bubbles, your batch is good to go.
  • Coconut flakes — You can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • Chocolate chips — Use my dairy-free chocolate chip guide to find the best chocolate chips for your cookies.
  • Almonds — I chop up a few whole almonds to add to the batter.

How to Make Almond Joy Cookies

  1. Cream the butter, coconut oil, and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the ground flaxseed, cornstarch, milk, and coconut extract.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt. Stir this in with the butter/coconut oil mixture.
  4. Stir in the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and chopped almonds.
  5. Drop cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 12 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool slightly before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Here are the detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make Almond Joy Cookies.

Step One: Cream Fat and Sugar

The first step to making easy almond joy cookies recipes is to cream together the butter, coconut oil, and sugar. This is an important step and I recommend using a mixer on medium speed for 1–2 minutes.

I love this post from Serious Eats on the importance of creaming butter and sugar for cookies.

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Once that mixture looks light and fluffy, add the ground flaxseed, cornstarch, plant-based milk, and coconut extract.

Step Two: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, combine the flour with baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.

Step Three: Make Cookie Batter and Bake

Then pour the flour mixture in with the butter/coconut oil mixture and stir that all together.

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Finally, add the coconut flakes, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips. Stir this all together. I do not refrigerate the dough before baking. However, if you need to wait before baking, you can refrigerate the dough at this point.

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Drop them by rounded spoonfuls on your prepared baking sheet and bake for 9 to 12 minutes.

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Marly’s Tips

Store cookies in a sealed container. They will keep at room temperature for about 4 days, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or they can be frozen for up to 2 months.

How Long Do I Bake Coconut Almond Cookies?

In this recipe for almond joy cookies, how long you bake them depends on your preferences. If you like a tender cookie, pull them out of the oven at 9 minutes. If you like a crispier, more golden crust to your cookies, then 12 minutes is best.

Reader Reviews

High ranks with the vegans and non vegans in the house! I also used almond extract instead of coconut and these cookies are delicious. I’ve been sharing the recipe and pics with my friends. A keeper!


Of course, always set a timer when baking cookies so you’ll get them just right.

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Marly’s Tips

Use these expert tips to make these homemade almond joy cookies perfect every time:

  • Set the butter on the counter for 30 minutes to help it soften.
  • You can freeze the cookie dough into balls and bake a few at a time. Here’s more on freezing cookie dough.
  • Transform this dough into almond joy cookie bars by pouring the batter into a greased 9×13 cake pan and baking for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • For a chocolate cookie base, add 1/4 cup of dutch process cocoa powder to the flour before mixing with the butter/coconut oil mixture.
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More Coconut Recipes

Do you love Coconut Treats? You can even add toasted coconut on top of these dairy-free shortbread cookies. For more tasty coconut treats, check out these delicious vegan recipes:

Vegan Coconut Cake

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Bounty Overnight Oats

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Vegan Samoas

25 mins total

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Almond Joy Cookies (Vegan)

Enjoy Vegan Almond Joy Cookies as a delicious alternative to the candy bars you can buy in a store. These homemade cookies are healthier and tasty too!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 32 cookies

Calories: 220kcal

Author: Marly McMillen


  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 cups dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup almonds roughly chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, coconut oil, and sugar. Use an electric mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  • Add the ground flaxseed, cornstarch, milk, and coconut extract. Beat again, until all ingredients are combined. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until combined. Pour in with the butter/coconut oil mixture. Stir until combined.

  • Add the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and chopped almonds. Stir until just combined. Note: reserve some of the coconut flakes and chocolate chips to press onto the top of cookie dough balls.

  • Use a cookie dough dispenser or a large tablespoon to drop cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie pan (or one prepared with parchment paper), roughly 2" apart. Top each cookie with extra coconut and chocolate chips. Bake for 9–12 minutes.

  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool about a minute before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

  • Store cookies in a sealed container. They will keep at room temperature for about 4 days, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or they can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.5mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Leave a rating below then tag @namelymarly on Instagram and hashtag it #namelymarly. I love seeing your creations!

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

Almond Joy Cookies — Vegan Coconut Cookies Recipe (2024)


What are the ingredients in Almond Joy? ›


Are almond joys made with real coconut? ›

The coconut center is made with unsweetened shredded coconut, honey, and coconut oil to bind it together. With an almond on top and a chocolate coating, the candy bar is complete.

Did Almond Joy change their recipe? ›

Almonds were once the first ingredient in Almond Joy (hence, the name). Now, Corn Syrup is the first ingredient in Almond Joy and Almonds are the fourth.

Who makes Almond Joy today? ›

ALMOND JOY Bars, along with MOUNDS Bars, have been licensed and made by The Hershey Company since 1988. Where are ALMOND JOY Bars made? ALMOND JOY Bars were originally produced in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

What kind of chocolate does Almond Joy use? ›

TIL I learned that Almond Joy and Mounds are the same, except Almond Joy uses Milk Chocolate & Mounds uses Dark Chocolate. If they're so similar, why does it make sense for Hershey to create two distinct brands for each candy, instead of creating Original and Dark Almond Joy as part of one brand? Archived post.

What is the healthiest candy bar to eat? ›

Just about any food, including candy bars, can be incorporated into a nutritious and balanced diet in moderation — especially when you choose healthy candy bars.
  • How We Chose.
  • Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars.
  • Zolli Peanut Butter Cups.
  • Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate Bites.
  • Smart Sweets Sweet Fish.

What candy was invented in 1948? ›

1948 – Almond Joy.

While its partner candy bar Mounds has been around for almost a century, Almond Joy didn't join the game until a little later.

Is Almond Joy owned by Hershey? ›

Almond Joy is a candy bar manufactured by The Hershey Company, consisting of sweetened, shredded coconut topped with whole almonds and covered in chocolate. The company also produces Mounds bars, a similar confection without nuts, coated in dark chocolate.

What are Almond Joys without almonds called? ›

Almond Joy has to have almonds in it or it couldn't be called Almond Joy. If you want it without almonds, get Mounds that just has chocolate and coconut. They're both made by the same company.

What is the oldest candy bar? ›

Fry & Sons and currently manufactured by Cadbury. Launched in 1866—nineteen years after Fry's created the first moulded, solid chocolate eating bar (in 1847)— Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand.

What candy is similar to Almond Joy? ›

Almond Joy and Mounds are similar — so much so that both products used to be advertised in the same commercials with the tagline, “Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.” Almond Joy and Mounds are cult favorites — candy bars with small but rabid followings. You're either a coconut person or you aren't.

What country is Almond Joy from? ›

Almond Joy is a product of The Hershey Company, which is an American company that distributes its products globally. Therefore, you may be able to find Almond Joy in countries where Hershey's products are sold, such as Canada, Mexico, and various countries in Europe and Asia.

Does Hershey own Butterfinger? ›

Butterfinger is a candy bar manufactured by the Ferrara Candy Company, a subsidiary of Ferrero, Nestlé.

Who is the largest candy company in the world? ›

Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Are Mounds and Almond Joy the same brand? ›

Mounds is a candy bar made by The Hershey Company, consisting of shredded, sweetened coconut coated in dark chocolate. The company also produces the Almond Joy, a similar bar topped by whole almonds and covered in milk chocolate.

Is Almond Joy a healthy snack? ›

Given its high sugar and fat content, Almond Joy is not the best option if you're watching your caloric intake. However, as with all things, it can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Does Almond Joy have high fructose corn syrup? ›

Milk, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Fudge Swirl (Sugar, Milk, Chocolate Liquor, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 2% or less of: Skim Milk, Butter [Cream, Salt], Carrageenan, Mono and Diglycerides, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavor), Almonds (Almonds, Cottonseed Oil, Salt), Nonfat Dry Milk, Coconut, Whey, Natural ...

What chemical is artificial almond flavor? ›

Benzaldehyde is commonly employed to confer almond flavor to foods and scented products, including e-cigarette liquids. It is sometimes used in cosmetics products.

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