almond joy ice cream sandwiches

Coconut, almond, chocolate – a winning combination, if I’ve ever heard one. Though it’s been years since I’ve eaten an Almond Joy candy bar, the flavors are on point and the inspiration for these Almond Joy ice cream sandwiches.

Almond Joy Ice Cream Sandwiches | Tutti Dolci
The creamy coconut ice cream is infused with toasted coconut, replicating the signature coconut filling; toasted almonds and chocolate give each bite a nice crunch. Rich chocolate cookies make the perfect sandwich (pro tip: top the dough with flaky salt before baking) and there’s no better finish than a drizzle of chocolate shell.

Almond Joy Ice Cream Sandwiches | Tutti Dolci

Almond Joy Ice Cream Sandwiches | Tutti Dolci

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Almond Joy Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Yield: 12 ice cream sandwiches


Ice Cream

  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 3 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • few drops coconut extract (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup roasted almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped


  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp black (or dark) cocoa
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Shell

  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp coconut oil


  1. For the ice cream, combine toasted coconut and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Cover and chill for 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing firmly on coconut shreds to strain out liquid. Whisk in sugar, salt, and coconut extract, then pour mixture into frozen cylinder of ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add almonds and chocolate in the final minute of freezing. Spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer for several hours, until firm.
  3. For the cookies, whisk together flour, cocoas, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beating to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form 24 (1 1/8-inch) balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 8 minutes, until edges are set. Immediately press baked cookies with the bottom of a glass to flatten slightly. Cool for 4 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Freeze cookies in an airtight container for at least one hour.
  5. To assemble sandwiches, use a small cookie scoop to place a scoop of ice cream between two chilled cookies and press lightly. Place assembled ice cream sandwiches on a baking sheet and return to the freezer for two hours.
  6. For the chocolate shell, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15 second intervals until melted and smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
  7. Drizzle chocolate shell over ice cream sandwiches and let set in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving. Wrap sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 7 days. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.


You’ll only need about half the batch of ice cream for the sandwiches. If you are serving a crowd or have the freezer space, double the cookie recipe.


  • Calories: 300


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  1. A coconut lovers dream dessert! The Almond Joy Ice Cream Sandwiches are so much better than the overly sweet candy bar!

  2. I would take these ice cream sandwiches over an Almond Joy bar, any day (even though they’re my favourite candy!). 😀

    Yes, to sea salt + chocolate.

  3. OMG these are just the right size with all that decadent goodness. Love Almond Joys and and the combo of almonds, coconut and chocolate is just deelightful! Delish and beautiful!!

  4. Whoa!!! These are exquisitely beautiful and the flavors of coconut, chocolate and almond sound perfect together! I never loved Almond Joys, but I would pretty much give anything to have one of these sandwiches in my face right now. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  5. Laura, everything about these beauties makes me happy! Especially since they are pretty much coconut for days 🙂 I can’t get enough of ice cream lately and can’t wait to make these!

  6. Oh yes please! My dad’s favorite (and only) candy bar of choice is almond joy. I’ll have to make these for him as a surprise!

  7. Wahhh these are so gorgeous! I had to google to see what almond joy looks like and now I know and yes I’ve seen it before (but not tasted yet)! Yeah the combination sounds amazing especially I love coconut <3 Your photos are perfect to encourage everyone here to make these!