Almond Joy Scones

September 2, 2014 (Last Updated: March 15, 2020)
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overhead view of triangular scones with glaze drizzled on top on a baking sheet

Although I love cooking and baking all kinds of dishes, there are a handful of creations that I consider to be my specialties. Scones are definitely on that list. I have been making scones for years in many different varieties, from classic to inventive.

A closeup of a triangular scone topped with drizzled glaze

One of the things I love most about scones are that they are quick and easy to make, and as long as you follow some basic steps, and don’t overwork the dough, they are pretty much foolproof. They are also simplest to make by hand without requiring special tools, although you can certainly use a mixer if you’d like.

A closeup of a triangular almond joy scone topped with drizzled glaze

Most people don’t realize how easy the process is. Trust me, give it a shot and you’ll be impressed. Last year when I visited friends and family in Los Angeles for a couple weeks, I decided to make a batch of chocolate chip scones with vanilla glaze one day, and by the time I left LA about a week and a half later, I had make over 80 scones! And I was on vacation! But they were really so easy to make and my friends/family loved them, so it wasn’t even a hassle for me. They have repeatedly asked me to fly back to make them more 🙂

triangular scones topped with drizzled glaze on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Last week in honor of Labor Day my colleagues and I participated in a pot luck at work. I decided to bring scones. The flavor? Almond Joy. I have been tweaking these particular scones and have reached what I consider to be the perfect balance of flavors. It contains just the right amount of chocolate chips, almonds, and coconut, with coconut milk as the main binder and a hit of amaretto for extra almond essence. I also use coconut milk and amaretto in the glaze, adding just a touch of extra sweetness to my perfectly delicate and moist scones.

A closeup of a scone with chocolate chips topped with drizzled glaze

What I like most about my basic scone recipe is that it’s less sweet than many American versions. It really showcases the tender crumb that sets a great scone apart from all the rest. It’s flaky and buttery with a nice golden crust and a wonderful display of Almond Joy-inspired flavor. If you’re a fan of Almond Joy candy bars, or just a lover of that almond-coconut-chocolate combination, these scones are definitely for you!

overhead closeup of triangular glazed scones on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
overhead view of triangular scones with glaze drizzled on top on a baking sheet

Almond Joy Scones

Victoria
If you're a fan of Almond Joy candy bars and/or homemade scones, this recipe is for you! Almonds, chocolate, and coconut make up the filling for these fun and playful scones.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 to 16 scones (depending on size)
Calories 235 kcal

Ingredients
  

Scones:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup) cold and cut into cubes
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks
  • 1/3 cup sliced, slivered, or chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk plus more for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto
  • 1 large egg beaten

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon amaretto

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add cold butter cubes to the flour mixture and work the butter into the flour mixture, using your fingers or a pastry cutter, until the mixture resembles coarse pea or dime-size crumbs. Be careful not to overwork the mixture or the butter will soften too much and the resulting scones will not be flaky. Add the chocolate chips, almonds, and coconut and toss well. Mix together the coconut milk, amaretto, and beaten egg and then add to the flour mixture and mix until just combined, kneading lightly (but don’t overwork it).
  • Divide the dough in half and pat each portion into a 3/4-to-1-inch thick circle. Don’t overwork the dough, as you want the butter inside to stay as cold as possible until the scones head into the oven.
  • Use a bench/dough scraper or knife to cut 6 or 8 wedges (like a pizza) from each round. Flip each cut scone over and place upside down on the parchment lined baking sheet (the bottoms are flatter and will look prettier as the tops of the scones), spacing a couple inches apart. At this point, the scones can be refrigerated or even frozen and baked later. Frozen scones can be baked from a frozen state; just add a little extra baking time, as needed.
  • Lightly brush on top of the scones (but not the sides) with a little coconut milk. Bake scones for 18 to 22 minutes until lightly golden on top. Remove from the oven and allow the scones to cool on the pan while you prepare the glaze.
  • Stir together the confectioners’ sugar, coconut milk, and amaretto until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add a sprinkle more confectioners’ sugar. Too thick, add a drizzle of coconut milk. When scones are cool, drizzle the glaze over the tops. Allow the glaze to set briefly and then serve the scones at room temperature.

Notes & Nutrition

Servings 12.0 * calories 235 * Total Fat 13 g * Saturated Fat 6 g * Monounsaturated Fat 0 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 36 mg * Sodium 135 mg * Potassium 6 mg * Total Carbohydrate 26 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 9 g * Protein 3 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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