Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies

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{Yup. Still Almond Joy Week. Woot!}
Almond joy cup on white napkin with fork and bite missing

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.

Almond cookies next to their box

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:

Woman holding a box of coconut cream

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).

Frozen almond joy mini pies with blue background.

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

Frozen almond joy mini pies with blue background.

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

Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies

Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies

Serving Size

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here to see more of my ULTIMATE COCONUT recipes!

Enjoy!

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

  2. 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???

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

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

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

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

    1. Thanks Winnie! I wasn’t sure what I’d think either, but it’s a subtle flavor. Thanks for reading regardless. 🙂

  7. 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! =)

  8. 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!

    1. Love it, we should totally go shopping there. Then we can fight over the totally cute linens. 🙂