23 May 2012

Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies

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{Yup. Still Almond Joy Week. Woot!}


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.

Frozen Almond Joy Mini Pies

by Crazy for Crust


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
  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.

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.

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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.







I link up to all of these fabulous parties each week!
Talent Show Tuesday at Chef in TrainingTrick or Treat Tuesday at Inside BruCrew Life, Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, Sweet Treats Thursday at Something Swanky, Chic-and-Crafty at the Frugal Girls, Tastetastic Thursday at A Little Nosh, Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli-n-sons, I'm Lovin' it Fridays at TidyMom, Sweets for a Saturday at Sweet as Sugar Cookies, A Well-Seasoned LifeStrut your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters' Stuff, and all of these too!

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51 Comments:

At May 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

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!!

 
At May 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

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

 
At May 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM , Blogger Back for Seconds said...

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

 
At May 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Amy said...

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!!!

 
At May 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

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:-)

 
At May 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 2:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 5:46 AM , Anonymous Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 5:48 AM , Blogger Nicola said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 7:10 AM , Anonymous NanAppetit said...

Looks good! I pinned it.

 
At May 24, 2012 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Hayley said...

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!

 
At May 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

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! =)

 
At May 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM , Blogger Winnie said...

To be honest - I don't like coconut cream, but these treats look irresistible !!

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Ashley! I could eat them all day. :)

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

LOL, um, I wish. Mentioned purely for the fun factor. :)

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I can't imagine not having any of those three stores within a 5 minute drive, let alone not in my country, LOL. I'm totally spoiled!

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks so much!

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thank you! :)

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Winnie! I wasn't sure what I'd think either, but it's a subtle flavor. Thanks for reading regardless. :)

 
At May 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

This is my favorite of the week thus far too :) So loving frozen treats now that the weather is warm!

 
At May 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Dip It In Chocolate said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM , Anonymous Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

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

 
At May 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

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???

 
At May 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM , Blogger MissCandiquik said...

This sounds good and dangerous at the same time. :)

 
At May 25, 2012 at 7:07 AM , Blogger Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

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

 
At May 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

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

 
At May 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM , Anonymous Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

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

 
At May 26, 2012 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Megan@Whimsically Homemade said...

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

 
At May 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

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

 
At May 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Six Sisters said...

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

 
At May 29, 2012 at 5:02 AM , Blogger Sarah Carletti said...

They look addictive! Coming over from the hop!

 
At May 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks! I love a good icy cold treat in summer. :)

 
At May 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Agreed! :)

 
At May 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

No, not like that. Just for the effect, LOL. :)

 
At May 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks, and you're welcome. :)

 
At May 29, 2012 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thank you!

 
At May 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time.

 
At May 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM , Blogger Alyssa said...

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!

 
At May 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Tiffany/MyCrowdedKitchen said...

Featuring these this week on Fabulous Friday! Mwah!

 
At May 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM , Blogger Michelles Tasty Creations said...

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 :)
Michelle

 
At June 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Addicted to Recipes said...

Happy to let you know that I'm featuring your recipe this week! Pop over to check it out :-)

http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/scrumptious-sunday-13-features.html

 
At June 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

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).

 
At June 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Oh my. I must try it with PB. Thanks for the tip!

 
At June 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks Kelly! Good luck finding the cookies. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

 
At June 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Laura Perry said...

I love almond cookies. I can't wait to try these. Thanks! :)

 
At June 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

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!

 
At June 25, 2012 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

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.

 
At June 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I know what you mean! Lol

 

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