Almond Joy Dessert Bars


  • 1 stick unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 {14 oz} can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 {14 oz} bag sweetened , shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9×13 baking sheet {or dish} with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, blend the butter and sugar until smooth. Slowly add in salt and flour and mix just until combined. Mix in 1 cup of the almonds. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool {does not have to cool completely}.
  3. While crust is cooling, mix the sweetened condensed milk, coconut and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Pour mixture over the crust, gently spreading an even layer over crust, and bake for 20 minutes or until the coconut is golden brown.
  4. Open the oven, pull out the pan and sprinkle chocolate chips over the warm bars. Once the chocolate is melted, remove the pan from the oven and spread chocolate over baked bars. Sprinkle with remaining almonds and place coconut bars in the refrigerator until hardened {about an hour}.
  5. Once chilled, lift the parchment paper to remove the dessert from the pan. Transfer to a large cutting board, remove foil and slice into bars.