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Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies

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{Yup. Still Almond Joy Week. Woot!}
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I love the Dollar Tree. It’s awesome.

I mean, where else can you buy cereal, greeting cards, bungee cords, an American Flag, and a pregnancy test for only $5 plus tax?

Although I do have reservations about some of the foods they sell at the Dollar Tree, (perishables? um, no thank you) I love finding hidden gems in the packaged food aisles, for only $1.

Like their maple cookie sandwiches.

Or the frosted animal cookies.

Or like the time I bought the entire shelf worth of Tapatio sauce for Mel’s birthday party, whereupon I glued his face to the bottle and made him Mr. Tapatio.

Most recently I was at a different store than I usually go to and they had way more packaged foods. And I found these and almost had a heart attack there in the middle of the cookie aisle.

Does anyone else remember these cookies? I inhaled them as a child. I will never forget the pink box. Reminds me of getting pork buns in Chinatown (San Francisco).

So anyway, I, of course, bought two boxes.

{Blogger Rule #3: buy a box to bake with and a box to eat.}

I knew they were going into a crust, I mean hello, this is me we’re talking about.

When I thought of doing this week these cookies popped into my head. Then I thought about my new love, Cool Whip, and how I could make a frozen treat. Which is how I ended up buying this at Walmart:

Coconut Cream, aka Cream of Coconut. It was in the Asian food aisle. It’s really good, just by itself (but it’s not sweetened).

So, a layer of frozen coconut cream, a layer of chocolate ganache, and an almond cookie crust. A frozen Almond Joy!

Brought to you by my love of coconut…and the Dollar Tree.

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Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies


  • 12 almond cookies — (Twin Dragon brand or what you find in your store)
  • 3 tablespoons butter — , melted
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips — (any kind, but milk chocolate is more “Almond Joy” like)
  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  • ¾ cup cream of coconut — (also called coconut cream; found in the Asian foods aisle)
  • ½ cup toasted coconut


  1. Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with liners. Finely crush the almond cookies in a food processor. Transfer to a medium sized bowl and stir in melted butter. Divide evenly among 12 cupcake liners and press into a crust. (I used the bottom of a shot glass to help me do this step.)
  2. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat cream in a small bowl in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds (depending on the strength of your microwave) just until it starts to bubble. (You can also do this on the stovetop.) Pour heated cream over the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth. Equally divide chocolate onto each cookie crust and spread to cover. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix Cool Whip and cream of coconut in a large bowl. Evenly divide on top of the chocolate layer. Top with toasted coconut and freeze until hardened.
  4. Note: these are best served after sitting out for a few minutes or microwaving for 20 seconds. Otherwise it's hard to cut through with a fork.

Click here to see more of my ULTIMATE COCONUT recipes!


Yet more reasons I’m Cuckoo for Coconut!:
Almond Joy Cupcakes by Cookies and Cups.
Almond Joy Scones by How Sweet It Is.
Almond Joy Brownie Bites by Flour Me With Love.
Almond Joy Cake by Newlyweds.
Almond Joy Brownie Bites by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
Almond Joy Ice Cream by Dip It In Chocolate.



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  1. Okay, I am IN LOVE with all things coconut, but I think this might be my favorite Almond Joy inspired treat yet!! These look absolutely fabulous!!

  2. Oh man, I am loving this week! And the crescent rolls???? Oh man. You’re killing it!

  3. Uuugghh. Add ganache to anything and I’m in love! These look so refreshing and delicious. Perfect summer treat!

  4. I think I’d enjoy living in your neighborhood. Walks and treats. Looks amazing!! (never had an almond joy before) but I can just imagine!!!

  5. Can I be your neighbor??? I think I love these even more than the crescent rolls…and I really loved those!!! Hooray for fun finds at the Dollar store. I usually go there at least once a week and look for new and exciting things to bake or create with:-)

  6. OMGosh!! I’m drooling all ovver myself. I will be trying this recipe and getting back to you. Thanks for sharing!

  7. recipe sounds good but are ya trying to tell us something about the pregancy test?? was it positive??

  8. that sounds great and they are super cute to boot! We don’t have dollar tree here and every time we go over the boarder I always forget to check it out. I am always going right for target and joannes, I have my priorities;p

  9. These sound amazing – and so easy! Beautiful pictures, too. I’m going to have to try these out!

  10. Looks good! I pinned it.

  11. I was totally going to the Dollar Tree today to pick up baking stuff for next week. D-Tree is my new stomping grounds, so move over HomeGoods! I LOVE Dollar Tree; it’s the best!! And omg, these look SO good. I’ve seen those almond cookies and always wondered what to make with them but dang, you took the best idea there was and I’m SO HAPPY because now when I go today, I can get some and make this. Seriously, I am dying for Almond Joys and I’m so glad you love them as much as I doooooooo!

  12. What a delightful and yummy combination. I would gobble this up myself. I’m a big fan of Dollar stores too – amazing places to shop! =)

  13. To be honest – I don’t like coconut cream, but these treats look irresistible !!

  14. This is my favorite of the week thus far too 🙂 So loving frozen treats now that the weather is warm!

  15. I wish I wasn’t the only coconut lover in my house…I need to figure out an excuse to make these delicious gems!

  16. You’re so nice. Thanks for the link. These. look. awesome!!! I love that there is a crust. Everything is better with crust!

  17. Ok, hold the phone…pregnancy test?? Oh boy! These look so good! I want one for dessert right now!

  18. This is such a cute idea. Of course you put a crust on those little pies! I wonder if you could skip a step and save some time by using coconut ice cream???

  19. This sounds good and dangerous at the same time. 🙂

  20. These really caught my eye at Dwell on Fridays! I’m also a coconut nut!! Yummy looking…

  21. This looks delicious!!! I just pinned so I can make it later… yumm!!!

  22. OMG you killing me here, I am obsessed with all things coconut lately!! PS: thanks for sharing my Almond Joy Cake too!!

  23. I love coconut too! These look yummy! Can’t wait to try them. Love from Whimsically Homemade.

  24. Oh wow, that looks so yummy! Almond Joys are one of my favorites and this would be perfection!! Thanks for linking it up!

  25. These look so yummy. If it has anything to do with almond joy we are all over it!! We appreciate you linking up with us!! It’s so fun to see all of the great ideas and recipes! We hope to see you back again soon! -The Sisters

  26. They look addictive! Coming over from the hop!

  27. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time.

  28. These look so delicious! I love almond joy and love that you turned into a great frozen treat. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  29. Featuring these this week on Fabulous Friday! Mwah!

  30. Dorothy, This is right up my alley. I LOVE Almond Joy’s, mainly because of the coconut and almond but these look divine! Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day 🙂

  31. Happy to let you know that I’m featuring your recipe this week! Pop over to check it out 🙂

  32. COOL WHIP! All you cool whip lovers.. have you mixed chunky peanut butter with cool whip? YUM! layer with choc pudding and SUPER YUM!

    Mint cool whip! YUM! a few drops of mint extract, with choc pudding and white cake, YUM

    my NEW super fav is Pumpkin cool whip… SUPER DUPER YUM! half a can of pumpkin with white cake mix, and other half of can with cool whip between cake layers. to DIE FOR!

  33. OMG! This recipe looks amazing! I love anything coconut and almond, and Almond Joys are one of my favorite chocolate bars. Thank you for sharing this.

    I am also going to have to check my local Dollar Tree to see if they have those cookies (fingers crossed).

  34. I love almond cookies. I can’t wait to try these. Thanks! 🙂

  35. Dorothy, you continue to amaze me with your creations! I wish these were in my freezer…NOW! I am featuring them tomorrow at Dwell on Friday!

  36. The dollar tree stresses me out. I don’t know why, but all those knock-off wonders give me a mini-anxiety attack. Looks like you found some good stuff though! These look great.

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