Opal Jackson-Cakmak Recipe

Almond Joy Bars (With or Without the Almonds)

By Opal Jackson-Cakmak sweetiecoconut

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Opal's Story

This recipe is so good! Use light or dark chocolate. Use a 13x9 inch pan for a thicker recipe. Use half the recipe for a smaller group. It is simply easy. (Call it Almond Joy or Mounds, either way it is good).

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Sometimes being sweet and flaky is just the ticket! These yummy bars may be sans almonds, but they're FULL of delicious flavor.


10 Tbsp
unsalted butter, room temperature
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3/4 c
light brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 c
1/2 tsp
fine sea salt
28 oz
sweetened condensed milk
28 oz
shredded coconut
1 tsp
vanilla extract
5 c
bittersweet chocolate baking chunks (loosely placed in cup)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350° F . Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and coat with canola or vegetable spray. NOTE: I use a 13x9 inch pan becasue I prefer them thicker. You can adjust the size of the pan to your preference. You can use 1/2 the recipe if you do not need as much.
In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until combined. Add the flour and salt. Carefully mix to combine until it resembles chunky bread crumbs. Transfer into the prepared pan and evenly press the batter into an even layer. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire baking rack while preparing the coconut topping.
In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk, coconut, and vanilla. Spread over the crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until it begins to brown.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour over cooked coconut bars and spread into an even layer. Allow to cool then refrigerate until hardened, about 1 hour. Cut into 36 squares.
NOTE: Use chunks not chips (70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chunks.) Bittersweet chocolate is available in several forms, including bars, chips, and chunks of various sizes. It is used in baking, cooking, and is eaten out of hand.

NOTE: You can top with Almond Joy bites, sliced almonds or leave off. Use light or dark chocolate, your preference.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Cookies, Candies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #easy, #and, #desserts, #bars, #Joy

  • Comments

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    Opal Jackson-Cakmak sweetiecoconut - Nov 22, 2011
    Opal Newcomb [sweetiecoconut] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
    Everything Cooking made Easy
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    Carol Junkins CarolAJ - Nov 22, 2011
    When they harden would they be hard to cut? Do you score them after you pour it on They look wonderful.
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    Opal Jackson-Cakmak sweetiecoconut - Nov 22, 2011
    I personally usualy cut them before becasue I usually want some. LOL
    It is ok either way but if hardened the chocolate will not run down the sides.
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    Jan W Neeniejan - Nov 22, 2011
    Opal, these sound delish! Almond Joy is my favorite candy bar, so stands to reason this would be great! Maybe mix some chopped almonds in with the coconut mixture with these, or sprinkle some sliced almonds over top of the chocolate while it's still warm? Yummo! Saving! ♥
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    Opal Jackson-Cakmak sweetiecoconut - Nov 22, 2011
    Yes you can add! I love coconut. Check out my book called Sweetie Coconut. I put together some awesome coconut recipes I found on just a pinch.