It is hard to believe that we are at week 5 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and Sweets. Where does the time go? Thanks to Brenda at Meal Planning Magic for doing such a great job of hosting this Blog Hop.
This week's cookie is for the chocolate and Almond Joy lovers out there. How does a deep chocolate brownie surrounding a filling of coconut and sliced almonds sound? There are very rich and need to be cut small as a little will go a long way.
This recipe was developed by Mrs. Chris J Betker, Seattle, WA who was a finalist in the 22nd Pillsbury Bake-Off. She called them Macaroon Fudgies. I have adapted the recipe and added the toasted, sliced almonds and call them Almond Joy Fudgies. Whatever you call them, they are very good.
One note: The bars really need to be completely cool before cutting them. I was losing my daylight so cut the bars in the photo above while still warm. The photo does not do these justice.
Since this recipe doesn’t take a whole can of sweetened condensed milk, I usually make my own and freeze it in 2/3 cup amounts. That way I do not have to figure out what I am going to do with the leftovers. I prefer milk chocolate chips to the semisweet for the topping for this, but either can be used. If you find that these are a little to chocolately, try reducing the cocoa to 2/3 cup.
Almond Joy Fudgies
1 1/4 c. butter or margarine
3/4 c. cocoa
2 c. sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1 c. milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 c. sweetened condensed milk (can make your own)
2 1/2 c. flaked coconut
1 t. almond extract
1/2 c. toasted, sliced almonds
Melt butter and cocoa together in a saucepan over low heat or in a glass bowl in the microwave. Remove from heat. Add sugar, eggs, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix well. Spread half of chocolate mixture in a well-greased 9x13-inch pan. Prepare Filling and spoon evenly over the chocolate batter. Sprinkle sliced almonds evenly over Filling. Spread remaining chocolate batter evenly over Filling. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place back into oven for 1-2 minutes until chocolate chips soften and begin to melt. Spread chocolate over the top of the brownies. Allow to cool completely. Cut into 36 bars.
Filling: In mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, coconut, and almond extract. Mix well.
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