Crazy for Crust

Apr 17

Almond Joy Mini Pies

I’m addicted to Almond Joy candy bars. Are you surprised? I figured it was time I married my love of Almond Joy and my love of pie.

Took me long enough.

Enjoy Almond Joy flavors in a mini pie bite!

Last week I was in Oregon, visiting the sweet folks at Harry & David (more about that soon!) and it was such a fun trip. My flight home was very entertaining, to say the least. Some things I learned or experienced:

*Planes with only window seats on one side exist. Those planes also have propellers that you can see.

*There are airports in the US that are small enough where the ticket agent and the gate agent are the same person.

*Doing drugs makes you look stupid. I mean, I knew that one already, but it was confirmed by the junkie sitting across from me who really should have just gone and found a fix. She had track marks on her feet, which I knew because she was walking around in the airport barefoot. *shudder*

*Sometimes it’s a really, really small world. A friend I haven’t seen since college was on standby for my flight from SFO to Sacramento. He ended up sitting next to me and we got to catch up. It turns out he lives 15 minutes from me. I drove him home, and it was kind of surreal.

*Some airlines (ones that rhyme with Foonited) don’t keep enough flight attendants on staff. I mean, it must be really difficult to find one in an area of approximately 1 million people.

*After almost 12 hours of working on a non-work day, flight attendants get funny and angry at their employers. Also, if enough passengers say to them “So YOU’RE why we’re late” you’ll get the whole story.

Related: Michelle from SFO to SMF on Friday night? You were the best flight attendant ever. Thanks for making the 10 minutes in the air enjoyable. And thanks for working an extra flight on your off-day, so I could get home to my family.

Also related: flights from SFO to Sacramento are annoying.

Not annoying? Almond Joy Mini Pies. It’s an almond joy candy bar with a crust.

Almond Joy Mini Pies (1 of 4)

These mini pies are ridiculously easy to make. You take your pie crust (either homemade or from a refrigerated pack of two) and cut 2.5″ circles. Spray the bottom of a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and mold the circles over the bottom of the muffin cups. Once baked, these form a little tart shell, perfect for filling.

I filled them with a homemade almond joy mixture. You’re welcome.

Coconut is mixed with sweetened condensed milk and scooped into the pie crust. You top them with an almond and some melted milk chocolate chips.

The best thing about these? You could use dark chocolate and make a Mounds with an almond.

Or you could skip the almond and make a milk chocolate Mounds.

Kind of mind boggling, right?

These are perfect for a mini treat for a party. You have to make small bites for parties (like, say, Easter) so that people can feel like they can eat one of everything. Or two. Or six.

These are also great for a random Wednesday.

Or for when you get home at midnight after a long week and you just want pie. And a candy bar.

Enjoy Almond Joy flavors in a mini pie bite!

I’m addicted to Almond Joys. And pie. These are the best of both worlds!

Almond Joy Mini Pies

Yield: 18-20 pies

Mini pie crusts filled with a mixture that tastes just like an almond joy!


  • 1 refrigerated prepared pie crust (either from scratch or from a pack of two, like Pillsbury)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • About 18 whole almonds
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)
  • 3/4 teaspoon vegetable oil or shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Turn two mini muffin tins over and spray the bottoms with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll pie crust and cut 2.5” circles with a cookie cutter or jar lid. Wrap one circle around the underside of each muffin pan cavity (creating an upside down tart shell). One pie crust makes about 18, with re-rolling. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before removing and filling.
  3. Stir together sweetened condensed milk, coconut, and vanilla. Spoon a tablespoon into each pie shell. Top with an almond.
  4. Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Spoon some chocolate over each pie, spreading to the edges of the pie. Chill until set.
  5. Store in an airtight container. Will keep for at least 4 days at room temperature.

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (1 of 4)w

Almond Joy Pudding Cookies

almond joy pudding cookies

Mini Samoa Pies

Mini Samoa Pies (3 of 6)w

Sweets from friends:
Almond Joy Bites by Will Cook for Smiles
Paleo Almond Joy Cookies by Pineapple & Coconut
Homemade Almond Joy Bars by Something Swanky


34 Responses to “Almond Joy Mini Pies”

  1. Medeja posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:17 am (#)

    These mini pies look elegant, delicious and cute at the same time :)


  2. Tieghan posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:50 am (#)

    Flying is kind of the worst if you ask me. I hate it, but pretty cool you got to see your friend!!

    Love these pies. Almond joys are the best!


  3. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:20 am (#)

    LOVE these Almond Joy Pies! But I guess it’s no surprise, I’m sure they are delicious!
    Thank you for the shout-out!!


  4. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:36 am (#)

    So cute! Pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks for the pin Chloe!


  5. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on April 17, 2014 at 7:28 am (#)

    LOL! Nothing quite like flying in the world’s tiniest planes (i.e. death traps) to start the day off right! These mini pies look phenom! So cute! So tasty!


  6. Shawn @ I Wash You Dry posted on April 17, 2014 at 7:59 am (#)

    Dorothy! These look amazing!! And I’m seriously wondering if we are living on the same brain wave-lengths because I literally just made some mini pies (not Almond Joy) that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. This is the second time this week that it’s happened!! Crazy! (Pinning these for sure!)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      I swear, once food bloggers start to talk more and more (or, say, FB chat) we sync up our recipes. Typical women. 😉


  7. marcie posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:11 am (#)

    I’m an Almond Joy fanatic, and these are just too cute!


  8. Mary Frances posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:38 am (#)

    No way – you not only met him again, but he lives practically next door? Who knew flying could be so exciting! I think I’ll skip the lessons and just eat these, does that sound good? :) I love almond joy, so these are perfect!


  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 am (#)

    These are so you! And mini food is the best. Single-servings, built right in :)


  10. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm (#)

    I hate flying. True story – I flew to Atlanta for work last year. I drove home (8 hours) because I was NOT getting on that plane back. I think if my flight would have been earlier, I would have just sucked it up and flew home. I had a 9pm flight though and it was delayed until 11pm. I left Atlanta at noon that day and actually made it home BEFORE my flight even left Atlanta. Crazy, right? Guess I gotta get over my fear of flying, though. I’m flying to Vegas later this year. I’ve done the flight before. I will be ok. :)

    These little pies, well they just make me forget all about my fear of flying. LOVE these. Maybe I should take them on the plane with me when I go to Vegas. 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Totally my feeling from now on. It was crazy!!! Thanks so much Julie!


  11. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm (#)

    Definitely the best of both worlds! Love how you made the mini pie crusts!


  12. Graham @ Glazed & Confused posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm (#)

    These look so simple and so crazy delicious! I’ve got to try these out sometime!


  13. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm (#)

    oh my gosh that list! all the negative stuff SUCKS-but I love how small the world is!!! How cool about that guy you knew, and you even giving him a ride-lol.

    and these adorable little pies-I mean. I could eat a whole pie in one bite. There’s nothing not to like about that!


  14. Laurie F. posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm (#)

    Small world! I once ran into a friend I had not seen since college when I was switching planes at LAX on my way back from Tahiti. Those are the fun little surprises in life! Love these mini pies! Yum – dark chocolate and almonds (guilt-free). And love your stories – you are the best writer!!!


  15. dina posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm (#)

    what a yummy idea!


  16. cheri savory spoon posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy, so clever to turn a muffin pan over to make little pie shells. Love this recipe, pinned and printed.


  17. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on April 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm (#)

    I just adore Almond Joy and Mounds! I can’t ever decide which one I want. This looks so yummy!!


  18. Maralyn Woods posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm (#)

    I love your optimism about them lasting 4 days. Not. Friends would come from miles around if they found out we had these. Great post. As usual.


  19. Nicole posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Anything Almond Joy and I come running! These look super delicious!


  20. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm (#)

    I didn’t realize flights from SFO to Sac even existed! That’s so crazy, and I’m really happy you’re home safe and sound. But those travel problems — that sounds awful!! Especially when it was how you ended your wonderful trip. But at least it had a yummy candy bar and pie ending! :)


  21. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:56 am (#)

    This post had me CRACKING up Dorothy!! I love hearing about your misadventures!!! 😉

    Almond Joy is my favorite candy bar!! I love that you made them “pie form”. And they look “dangerously” easy to make!! -All the better!! :)


  22. Kayla posted on April 19, 2014 at 10:35 am (#)

    These are gorgeous! And baking on an upside down tin? Genius!


  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on April 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm (#)

    My last experience with an airline cost me 3 days of my cruise and an extra 16 hours of travel. I hate flying. Thank goodness for nice flight attendants. These mini pies are adorable. Pinned!


  24. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:07 am (#)

    Glad there was a nice flight attendant who helped make the flight more enjoyable and what a small world that he sat beside you and lives close-by. I used to not mind flying too much but as I get older I think my nerves get the best of me. These mini pies would definitely help calm my nerves – they’re adorable and love how you made the crust :)


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