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Easy Almond Joy Cookies made with coconut pudding mix and Almond Joy candy bars are soft pudding cookies that are so easy to make. If you’re a coconut fan, you are going to love these easy pudding cookies!

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Fun fact: I love to stand in the pudding mix aisle at the store and brainstorm pudding cookie ideas. Am I alone in this? Sometimes I get so absorbed I don’t even realize when someone is hovering behind me trying to grab what they need. Oops. I can’t help it! I love coming up with new pudding cookie recipes, and today? Today it’s Almond Joy pudding cookies!

These sweet morsels are a combination of coconut pudding and mini Almond Joys – a combination you will love if you’re like me. Am I the only one who nabs Almond Joys from their kid’s trick-or-treat bag? Guilty as charged.

So, when I saw instant coconut pudding mix at the store… well, a plan came together.

Why We Love These Almond Joy Pudding Cookies

  • Coconut and chocolate candy bars baked into a cookie. There’s a lot to love about that!
  • I used my basic pudding cookie recipe as the inspiration because it’s super easy and can be adapted in so many ways. 
  • This is a NO CHILL cookie dough. Just mix, roll, and bake!
  • The cookies are soft from the pudding mix and stay soft for several days – if they last that long! We love them warm from the oven and don’t always have leftovers.

If your or someone you know loves coconut, this recipe needs to be on your list. You will love how easy it is.

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  • All-purpose flour: Be sure to measure it correctly.
  • Baking soda: I always use baking soda in cookies.
  • Butter: Use softened unsalted butter. Learn to soften butter quickly!
  • Sugar: This recipe uses both granulated and brown sugar.
  • Pudding Mix: I used Instant coconut cream pudding mix but you can substitute vanilla pudding mix and add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract in it’s place.
  • Eggs: Be sure to use large eggs.
  • Vanilla extract: You can also add coconut extract.
  • Chopped Mini Almond Joy candy bars
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How to Make Cookies with Almond Joy Candy Bars

1. Dry ingredients: Whisk the flour and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.

2. Cream: In a large bowl, cream the butter and both kinds of sugars. Add the pudding mix and beat until well mixed. 

3. Mix: Mix in the eggs and vanilla and then slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chopped candy bars.

4. Bake: Roll the cookie dough into one-inch balls and place them on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes at 350°F. Cool them on the sheet for a few minutes before serving.

No chilling needed!

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Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to buy Instant pudding mix for this recipe. You don’t need to prepare the pudding – you just mix the powder mix right into the cookie dough.
  • Substitutions: if you can’t find coconut pudding mix use vanilla and add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract.
  • Storing and Freezing Almond Joy Cookies: If you have leftover cookies (something that doesn’t happen when I make these!), you can store them in an airtight container for several days. You can also freeze them.
  • Variations: What’s fun about this recipe is that it’s totally customizable. You can take the base recipe and swap the coconut pudding and Almond Joys for other flavors. Think chocolate pudding with chopped Hershey bars, peanut butter pudding with chopped peanut butter cups, butterscotch pudding with chopped Heath bars… you get the idea!

I might be biased, but everyone needs a great Almond Joy cookie recipe! This one is it for me – soft, sweet, impossible to resist. I know you will love them, too!

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Almond Joy Pudding Cookies

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Almond Joy Pudding Cookies start with a coconut instant pudding mix in the dough and have added almond joy candy bars. Everyone LOVES these cookies!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 3.4 oz package instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 18 mini Almond Joy candy bars chopped
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  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Whisk together baking soda and flour and set aside.
  • Cream together butter and sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until just combined. Stir in chopped almond joy candies.
  • Roll into 1” balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly before devouring.

Recipe Notes

  • If you can’t find the coconut pudding use vanilla instant pudding mix and add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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These Almond Joy Pudding Cookies are one of my absolute favorite recipes. They are so easy to make and the perfect use of any leftover candy!

Dorothy Kern

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  1. OMGoodness, Dorothy! Those cookies are calling to me! I love coconut and with the pudding…mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!

  2. Yes, yes, yes! I can’t wait to make these and share them, I mean keep them all to myself. Mhahaha!

  3. Oh no…no no no no no. I’ve been so good all day…..but almond joy cookies. I have to have them. I have to have them now.
    and my kids and husband hate coconut….so I get to eat them all!!!!!!!! (doing a little happy dance in the kitchen!)