Almond Joy Pudding Cookies

I hope you have all had a great week and weekend!

This week has been quite exhausting and exciting all at the same time. With baby number 3 on the way, we knew we would have to upgrade to a bigger vehicle before his arrival in May. Say all you want, but since I was in high school- I KNEW I would be a mini-van mom. Not just any mini-van mom but a Honda Odyssey :). Weird… I don’t know, but that is me :) I mean, what high schooler’s dream is car is a mini-van?! So yesterday, after a long wait and saving all my hard earned pennies for the past few years, my husband and I purchased our first car together, a 2014 Honda Odyssey! I am ecstatic! I probably sat in that car for a couple hours just basking in my excitement after the kids went to bed lol!

On another note, let’s subject change into today’s recipe. One of the reasons I love baking and cooking is it makes me feel like I belong on my mom’s side of the family. They are all fabulous cooks and being in my kitchen makes me feel closer to them. I know that may sound crazy, but it makes me happy :). My grandma’s cookbooks are some of my most prized possessions. In one of them she has a recipe for Almond Joy cake, which I plan on making one day for you, and I adapted her filling for these cookies.

One of my mom’s favorite chocolate bars is an Almond Joy. I created these cookies with her in mind and they turned out fabulous. A chocolate pudding cookie with an almond-joy-type-coconut-icing topped with slivered almonds and drizzled with chocolate, these pudding cookies are seriously divine.

I made them for a class I teach and each person raved about them! If you love chocolate, coconut, almonds and ooey-gooeyness- you will absolutely go crazy for these cookies!

The chocolate cookie itself is super soft and chewy. The marshmallow-coconut icing adds the perfect touch of flavor and texture and the slivered almonds add the perfect crunch in each bite.

Almond Joy Pudding Cookies from chef-in-training.com ...These cookies are seriously INCREDIBLE!

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Almond Joy Pudding Cookies
 
Chewy chocolate pudding cookies topped with a marshmallow coconut icing, topped with almonds and drizzled with chocolate.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • COOKIES
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) packet instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • ......
  • MARSHMALLOW-COCONUT ICING
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 12 marshmallows
  • 5 oz. coconut
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ......
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 4 oz. melted chocolate (candy coating, chocolate chips) for drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together flour and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together. Add in pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract and beat until well incorporated. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes.
  2. While cookies are baking make marshmallow-coconut icing. To make icing, Add evaporated milk and sugar to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, remove from heat and add and stir marshmallows until melted. (I sometimes just turn the heat down to low and stir until they are melted). Once marshmallows are melted, add coconut and stir. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar as necessary to reach desired consistency.
  3. Frost cooled cookies with icing.
  4. Sprinkle slivered almonds over the top of icing.
  5. Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops and let set up.

 

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Congrats on your new ride!!! I remember you talking about wanting it on our trip together in like Sept? So congrats!!!

    And Almond Joy's, love em too! These are gorgeous cookies - pinned!

  2. Emily @ Life on Food

    Ha! My husband's dream car is a mini van. Of course he just wants to take all of the stuff out so he has storage for his fishing and skiing gear

  3. Lauren

    Wow, the coconut frosting looks amazing! Enjoy your new minivan--excited for you!

  4. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled

    These cookies look amazing and I love pudding cookies, they are the best! Congrats on the new mini van, so exciting! Pinned :)

  5. Lorraine King-Foley

    Hi, I just love making all kinds of pudding cookies thanks to you. I found Almond-Joy Pudding mix in Walmart yesterday and today I made cookies using it, I added some chopped slivered almonds and chopped almond joy candy drops. They turned out awesome. Thanks for giving me the idea.

  6. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar

    Congrats on the new mini van! These cookies look awesome. The combo of chocolate + marshmallow & coconut sounds amazing! Pinned. :)

  7. Chef Paula

    Hi Nikki! These Almond Joy Pudding Cookies look great! How many cookies do you get from this recipe? I am participating in a cookie exchange next week, and need to bring 7 dozen cookies, so I am evaluating this recipe. Thanks so much for your speedy answer!

  8. Monica

    If this has already been answered, my apologies...how many cookies does this recipe yield?
    Thanks!

  9. Teresa Ellifritt

    How many cookies does this make?

    1. Amanda

      5

      I just made these yesterday for the Christmas cookie exchange - They were a big hit! I made a double batch with double icing, and coated them twice (probably didn't need that much! haha) BOY were they yummy! I know this is a little late but I just had a chance to make them. Going by the recipe above, they yield about 4-5 dozen small cookies so I would safely say 3 dozen larger size. My double batch made just under 10 dozen, but again they were smaller (about the size when you put your middle finger and thumb together, making a circle). I also used one pudding pack chocolate and I was able to find an almond joy brand pudding pack and added one of those as my second! YUMTASTIC!!