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5 from 4 votes

Almond Joy Bars

These bars are seriously decadent! People often beg me for the recipe!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond joy bars
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke



  • 1 cup (128g) confectioner's sugar
  • 2/3 (85g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (96g) dark cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) Challenge Unsalted Butter


  • 28 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 28 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

Ganache Topping

  • 24 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups (340g) Challenge Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (367g) whole milk
  • handful of almonds to place on top



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk confectioner's sugar, flour, and cocoa powder together in a bowl until combined. Pour melted butter into the mixture. With a spatula, stir to combine all the ingredients until fully incorporated. (Mixture will be dry)
  • Pour chocolate crumbs into a greased 9x13 baking dish and press into an even layer.
  • Set aside.


  • In a large bowl combine the condensed milk, coconut flakes, and coconut extract. Stir until ingredients are fully incorporated. If the mixture seems too dry, let it sit for a couple minutes and it will appear to have more moisture.
  • Spread the coconut mixture over the chocolate crust and smooth into an even layer.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until it starts to brown. A few random flakes might turn dark brown, but the overall crust should not burn.
  • After the coconut bar has cooled a bit, add almonds on top. You can place them all over or 1 or each individual bar.


  • Pour chocolate into a medium to large bowl. Set aside.
  • Place butter and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow milk to burn.
  • Pour hot milk over the chocolate and allow it to sit for a couple minutes. Using a whisk, stir the chocolate mixture until it comes together and starts to thicken; about 5 minutes. (Chocolate should be shiny)
  • Pour chocolate over warm coconut and then place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until chocolate has set.
  • Best served at room temperature.


Serving: 32g | Calories: 266kcal