Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies - Chocolate Topped Coconut Meringue Cookies with an Almond Center| Sprightliest.com

I was daydreaming the other day about cookies…specifically coconut cookies. I’ve made these coconut meringue cookies before which are great by themselves, but then I had the idea to add in dry roasted almonds and top them with chocolate to make a cookie that tastes similar to an Almond Joy.
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Almond Joy Cookies - Chocolate Topped Coconut Meringue Cookies with an Almond Center| Sprightliest.com

Almond Joy Cookies! Perfectly sized bites filled with coconut, chocolate and almond flavors.

Almond Joy Cookies - Chocolate Topped Coconut Meringue Cookies with an Almond Center| Sprightliest.com

What’s better than chocolate and coconut together in a chewy cookie? Well, maybe the fact that they have about half the fat, sugar and calories than an Almond Joy candy bar. Here’s the nutritional breakdown I got for each Almond Joy Cookie when I entered the recipe into a recipe calculator:

Calories: 48 Calories
Fat: 2.5 g
Sugar: 4.2 g

Hard to beat those numbers when it comes to a delicious cookie. I’ll take 2 please!

Almond Joy Cookies - Chocolate Topped Coconut Meringue Cookies with an Almond Center| Sprightliest.com

Almond Joy Cookies
Yields 40
What's better than chocolate and coconut together in a chewy cookie with a crunchy almond center? These cookies taste similar to an almond joy but have less sugar and are made with just a few ingredients.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Egg Whites
  2. Dash of Salt
  3. 2/3 Cup Sugar
  4. 1/4 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut (you can use sweetened, unsweetened or a combination)
  6. 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips, melted
  7. 2 ounces Dry Roasted Almonds (about 40 almonds)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Beat egg whites with a dash of salt until soft peaks form.
  3. Add in sugar a little at a time.
  4. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  5. Fold in coconut and vanilla.
  6. Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I used a rounded teaspoon to measure out my cookies.
  7. Bake just until very slightly brown, about 10-15 minutes. The center will remain soft.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments at 50% power, stirring between each increment.
  10. Once the chocolate is melted use a spoon to drizzle/spread out chocolate on each cookie.
  11. Place in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to harden. Cookies will become nice and chewy.
  12. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for longer storage.
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