It’s hot! So why bake when you can make these no bake cookie bars instead. Full of almond flavor, coconut & rich chocolate, these no bake almond joy bars are just like those yummy Almond Joy candy bars, only better!
It’s June and it’s HOT (at least here in South Florida) which means it’s time to keep the menu easy and the house cool. What better way than with our Creative Cookie Exchange theme of the month – No Bake Cookies!
This was actually a hard theme for me as I love to bake so I never look for no bake versions of cookies or cakes. But I was bound and determined to find something to make that was a little different than the norm. I hunted around for suitable recipes and most involved some stove top cooking, which is fine but not something I like to do in 90-100 degree heat, and nothing jumped out at me and said “make me”! Then I thought, why not remake my Buckeyes, which are truly non-bake, but change them up in a way that looked and tasted like a candy bar. Sound good? Of course it does! And it had to be my favorite candy bar of all time – Almond Joy.
The predominant tastes in an Almond Joy bar are almonds and coconut and I knew I wanted the almond taste to really shine through. I exchanged the peanut butter for almond butter and almond extract for the vanilla. Now, how to add the coconut? I thought about adding the coconut on top of the almond-sugar mixture but decided that it would hold together better if I just mixed it into the almond mixture. That worked out great!
Do you remember buying Almond Joy bars where the almond sits just under all that delicious chocolate and on top of all that coconuty goodness? Well, I added that into mine too and, although mine got covered with the chocolate so it wasn’t so pronounced, I still had them in there. I guess I got carried away with the amount of rich deep dark chocolate that I layered on but, after all, everything’s better with chocolate, right?!
To say they were delicious would be an understatement! They came out so good, and so rich, that I thought they might make it past a day in the office – nope – all gone and well appreciated. A word of thanks to all my taste testers for always giving me good feedback on my creations.
If it’s hot where you are (and if it isn’t I’m coming to visit you soon), you’ve just got to check out all the no-bake cool treats below. After all, they are brought to you by some of the best cookie makers around. Enjoy!
Too hot to turn on your oven? The theme this month for the Creative Cookie Exchange group is No Bake Cookies! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). We all post on the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking (or this month “no baking”), check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Coconut Apricot Slice from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Energy Bars from Baking in Pyjamas
- No Bake Almond Joy Bars from 2 Cookin Mamas
- No Bake Apricot Coconut Oatmeal Cookies from A Shaggy Dough Story
- No Bake Cookie Butter S’mores Bites from Live…Bake…Love
- No-Bake Fruit Balls from Magnolia Days
- No Bake Nutella Cookies from flours and frostings
- Slow Cooker Cocoa Peanut Butter Oat Cookies from Food Lust People Love
- Sweet and Salty Popcorn Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
DON’T MISS A RECIPE!