As kids, my friends and I sandwiched Almond Joys between cookies. For our high school reunion, I re-created the idea with a tasty cookie version that breaks apart like chocolate bark.—Faith Cromwell, San Francisco, California
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- 1 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
- 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Heat 6-8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Transfer to a large bowl; cool 15 minutes.
- Whisk in sugars, egg and extract until smooth. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; stir into sugar mixture. Fold in 1 cup coconut and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Press into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 24-28 minutes or until golden brown.
- Transfer pan to a wire rack; sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Toast remaining coconut. Spread chocolate chips evenly over cookie. Sprinkle with remaining coconut; top with almonds. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
- Refrigerate 15 minutes or until chocolate is set. Break cookie into pieces. Yield: about 2 pounds.
Originally published as Coconut-Almond Cookie Bark in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2015, p30
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