As I type this…..I may or may not be counting down the days until the Lenten season is over (4 days if you were wondering). As with every other year I gave up sugar (on of my vices) and Sunday just can’t get here quick enough so I can eat the Girl Scout Cookies I have stocked in my fridge!! As I inserted these pictures I started to drool over the thought of these yummy little treats. The truth is you either love or hate coconut. Being a lover myself, I thought it would be fun to try and recreate one of my favorite brand name candy bars/treat the Almond Joy. I wasn’t able to taste the finished product but everyone that taste tested them for me said they were delicious. These would be a fun little treat on the Easter dessert table or pop them in that Easter basket. Wishing you and your family a very blessed Happy Easter and Passover!
What you will need…
2 2/3 Cups of Sweetened Coconut
2 Egg Whites
1/3 Cup Condensed Milk
1 Cup Dark or Milk Chocolate Chips or 2-3 Chocolate Bars
About 1/3 Cup of Milk for Melting Chocolate
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor with the metal blade, add coconut egg whites and condensed milk. Pulse until well processed. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray the sheet with cooking or baking spray.
I used a spoon for this step and molded a ball of the mixture onto the spoon. I then placed on the cookie sheet. You will want to make sure it is compact on the spoon(or in your hand) before placing on the sheet. You can re-mold if needed on the sheet.
After you have filled up the cookie sheet, press an almond down into each lump of mixture.
SIDENOTE-after I made this size, I realized that you can also do a ‘fun’ size and use a tablespoon amount instead of a bigger spoon. Just make sure that it is at least big enough to envelop the almond.
Place into the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or at least until golden brown.
Place the pieces on a cooling rack with wax paper underneath. This will catch any stray coconut or chocolate drippings.
In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate over low heat stirring continuously. As chocolate is melting, add milk to thin out.
There was no fancy way to coat the whole piece that I made so I used a spoon to pour over the coconut bites. You can be creative and dip them on one side, but I wanted more of a candy feel so I covered the top with chocolate.
These can be popped in the freezer or fridge to cool faster.