Almond Joy Cheesecake

Oh, my.

I don’t know what it is about this time of year-maybe the gray skies, constant cold, or light snow flurries, but every January I get a craving for something tropical.  Whether it’s exotic fruit, a pina colada, or recipes with abundant coconut, I’m making it.  I also crave things that are not so good for me.  Like this cheesecake, for example.  Now, I am sure that you could substitute low fat cream cheese, omit some of the sugar, skip the chocolate ganache-but, when I make a cheesecake (which is a rare thing), I go all the way.

I’ve been dying to try a candy bar-themed recipe for the longest time.  I’ve got a whole slew of them bookmarked and ready to go.  And, maybe it was the Girl Scout cookie order I just placed (in which I ordered my absolute favorite, the Samoa) that triggered my intense need for a chocolate/coconut combo.  Whatever it was, I loved the idea of taking an Almond Joy (one of my childhood favorites-right down to the blue packaging.) and melding it into a cheesecake form.  Talk about the best of both worlds.

I have to admit, when I make cheesecake, I usually get some of those inevitable cracks.  The good thing about this recipe?  The chocolate ganache creates a smooth covering which hides any of those pesky cracks and makes for a really appealing look.  I’ll let you imagine how it tasted.  Not only does the crust have coconut in it, but the cheesecake itself has toasted coconuts and almonds mixed it.  This is not for the faint-hearted, my friends.

Almond Joy Cheesecake

Servings: depends on how many slices you make!


For the crust:

1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used cinnamon-flavored.  Weird, I know, but it totally worked and saved me a trip to the store)

1 and 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

1 tablespoon coconut extract

1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

For the glaze:

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whole roasted almonds, toasted coconut, whipped cream, for garnish


1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Prepare your springform pan by wrapping it with aluminum foil to allow for extra three inches or so of foil to project above the sides.  (This will help later when you need to grab the pan.)

3. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers, almonds, coconut, and sugar to a fine crumb.

4. With the machine running, slowly add the melted butter and pulse until it resembles moist sand.

5. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of the pan.

6. Bake the crust for about 12 minutes, or until set and lightly browned.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool.

8.  Readjust oven temperature to 325 degrees.

9. For the filling: In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

10.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

11. Add the coconut and coconut extract.

12.  Stop the mixer, and gently fold in the toasted almonds with a spatula until well combined.

13. Transfer the filling to the cooled crust and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes (until the crust is puffy and lightly browned).

14. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

15. For the chocolate glaze: Combine the chocolate chips, cream, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth.

16.  Remove the pan from the heat and let cool to room temperature (this took about 10 minutes for me).

17. Pour the glaze over the cheesecake (which is still in the springform pan) and spread evenly.

18.  Chill the cheesecake overnight or until firm and set.

19.  When ready to serve, run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to loosen the cake.  Release the pan sides and serve.

Source:  Bon Appétit, February 1998.

January 26, 2011 - 8:20 am

Sara - OMG. This looks amazing and I LOVE Almond Joys and Samoas – must run in our blood! 😉

January 26, 2011 - 9:49 am

Kim-Liv Life - Funny, I’m not an Almond Joy fan, but I’d take this cheesecake in a heartbeat!! I’m with you on the tropical part…. my dinner and dessert plans have been heading that direction too lately! Love this one, it’s most definitely bookmarked.
Your photo is simply gorgeous! Nicely done

January 26, 2011 - 10:42 am

Jessica - Coconut + chocolate + cheesecake…? I think might die just thinking about it. Yum!

…and interestingly enough you’re the second blogger I read to post a cheesecake recipe with chocolate ganache in the last two days. 😛

January 26, 2011 - 11:29 am

Eat Good 4 Life - Very cool looking cake and I bet it tastes as good as it looks!

January 26, 2011 - 12:23 pm

Shawn - This looks soooo good! I love coconut and chocolate!

January 26, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Christina - These pictures are incredible. It’s such a pretty cheesecake! Although I know it’s not enough to resist taking a bite. 🙂

January 26, 2011 - 3:49 pm

natalie (the sweets life) - oh my!!!!!! I just made homemade samoa bars and they were incredible. love coconut! Can’t wait to make this next time I need a decadent dessert!

January 26, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Fresh and Foodie - Delicious! I love the way the chocolate glaze looks on the top. Can I have a slice right now? 🙂

January 26, 2011 - 8:13 pm

Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen - This looks gorgeous and is one of my husband’s favorite combinations (okay, I’m pretty partial to almonds and coconut, too)! My only regret is that my springform pan is in storage, hundreds of miles away.

January 26, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Angela - OHHH MY… it looks like an orgasim in your mouth on a plate. OMG! I want to make this!

January 26, 2011 - 9:33 pm

JehanP - Wow, I will not even try this recipe unless I’m having a party because I will eat the entire pan!

January 26, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Claire - This is just one of those dishes that seems like a perfect dinner for a Friday night after a long week. 🙂 Have you tried homemade samoas? They are pretty darn evil.

January 26, 2011 - 10:17 pm

melissa @IWasBornToCook - oh, my is RIGHT! WOW!

January 26, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Kat @ Cupcake Kat - Oh my gosh this cheesecake looks amazing!

January 27, 2011 - 12:06 am

Kerry - All I know is that I love Almond Joy, I love cheesecake, & I could pretty much eat your pictures right now. That looks amazing!!!

January 27, 2011 - 10:18 am

Patty - YUM!

January 27, 2011 - 9:11 pm

fabjems - I cannot wait to make this! I always want to pickup an Almond Joy candybar everytime I’m at the grocery store cashier section (where all the candies are). Have so many desserts on my baking list – this will be on top.

January 28, 2011 - 10:41 am

Kelsey - Oh my. This looks absolutely incredible!

February 2, 2011 - 10:57 am

Tanja - It looks delicious! It’s going on my to-bake list.

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February 12, 2011 - 9:31 pm

Sophistimom - I love Almond Joy, but I am convinced I would love this better.


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June 28, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Kate - What size springform pan did you use??? I have an 8, 9, and 10 inch!

June 28, 2011 - 4:01 pm

srlacy - HI Kate-

I used an 8-inch springform pan. I wish I had three different sizes, though. 🙂 You are a lucky lady!

July 12, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Gayla - DID ANYONE EVER MAKE THIS MONSTER? And…what’s it taste like. We have all the “yums” on how it looks & what it could taste like. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks to all.

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November 22, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Kimberly - Oh – My – God! The only description this needs…

November 28, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Bolanle - I made this cheesecake for thanksgiving. Absolutely awesome, easy to make, a joy to eat and a real hit at the table. Was worth the try.

Very rich and decadent taste….thank you for this recipe as i am a huge almond joy fan.

January 29, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Mandy - Made this — delicious but the recipe omits mention of when to add the coconut to the filling. I folded it in with the almonds?? Either way — great recipe thanks for posting!

January 29, 2012 - 6:24 pm

srlacy - Hi Mandy!

THANK YOU so much for catching that. I have updated and corrected the recipe. Glad it turned out for you!

March 17, 2012 - 11:07 pm

angela - I just made this for a church auction fundraiser…hadn’t even the chance to taste it but it looked so delicious and perfect…it actually sold for 110 dollars!! I’ll have to make it again very soon for myself. 🙂

April 3, 2012 - 8:31 am

spiceblogger - This looks DIVINE! And I’m not even a cheesecake fan. But I would eat this! lol
pinning this so I can make it later….


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July 7, 2012 - 6:59 am

Margie - I live in Australia and I am curious as to what an ‘almond joy’ is? Can someone please tell me. Nevertheless I’ll certainly be making this cheesecake 🙂

July 13, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Tracy -

Almond joy is a candy bar in the US…a most delicious candy bar

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November 7, 2012 - 11:37 pm

Debbie D - This looks so good, I love coconut, hopefully it is not too over powering, My question to you is what size spring form pan did you use?
Also when I make a cheese cake I never use foil is this a must? We really like a reply soon, I would love to make it this week.

November 8, 2012 - 1:07 pm

srlacy - Hi Debbie-

I am pretty sure I used a standard 9″ springform pan. Since I used the foil, I can’t tell you whether or not using it will work. If you choose not to use it, just watch your cake very carefully. Good Luck!

November 9, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Alanna - Hi – Do you use a water bath when you bake it? You don’t mention it, but I guess I’ve never heard of a cheesecake baked without it, so I thought I’d ask.

November 10, 2012 - 10:49 am

srlacy - Hi Alanna-
It’s been a really long time (waaaayyy too long-sooo good) since I have made this, but if I didn’t comment on it, I am 98% sure that I didn’t use one. Feel free to check the original source at the end of the post to compare. Good luck!

November 15, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Catherine Paciotti - I used oreos without the filling for the crust (without the almonds and coconut). Couldn’t find coconut extract, used imitation coconut flavoring, but only 1 1/2 tsps. in the filling. Didn’t use sliced almonds, used whole almonds chopped and toasted 8 minutes at 350 for the filling and whole almonds toasted to decorate the ganache. Was such a DELICIOUS cheesecake!

November 15, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Catherine Paciotti - Oh, I didn’t use foil and it dripped some butter from the crust, so I slipped a cookie sheet under it halfway through. It was fine. It rose above the 9″ springform pan and I was afraid there might not be room for the ganache, but as it cooled, it shrunk back down. There was barely even a crack in it! I was surprised! I’ve made a lot of cheesecakes and usually they have a big crack. Great recipe!

November 18, 2012 - 9:18 am

Fanny - I’m making it for Thanksgiving can you tell me What size pan? Thanks

November 18, 2012 - 10:57 am

srlacy - Hi Fanny-
I used a standard 9-inch springform pan.

January 3, 2013 - 9:56 am

Carole Anne Del Vecchio - I made this for Christmas, my family LOVED it!
Simple to make, superb outcome!
If you love Almond Joy candy, this one’s for you!

March 18, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Amy - I made this and it was delicious! Everyone loved it! Only problem was I had butter drip out of bottom of the springform pan, I have never had that happen before. It was also too much for my little 8in. pan, so I made little cheesecakes in my muffin pan with the extra filling. The kids really liked eating the little ones.

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Cathy - OMG! This looks amazing!

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October 10, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Marsha - Maybe ppl aren’t as “kitchen challenged” as I am, but when it says to wrap the springform pan in aluminum foil, I think it’s supposed to be the outside of the pan, not the inside, like I just did. LOL. I am not sure how I will get it out of the pan, but I know it will be good, regardless.

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December 1, 2013 - 5:01 am

Elizabeth - I can’t attest to the cheesecake yet but I sampled the ganache before I put it on and I’m super glad that I did. It had way too strong of an aftertaste of vanilla. I was surprised it included that much vanilla in the first place since I’ve made ganache before and never put in that amount, if any. I would definitely advise tasting it before you put it on. To me it tasted like cough syrup. I don’t know if I let it set if that would make a difference but I’m serving this at a family Thanksgiving and I’m not willing to risk it.

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May 10, 2014 - 8:58 am

Michelle M - I made the Almond Joy cheesecake as I am a big coconut fan and love almond joys and I have to tell you this came out so amazing. Everyone just loved it and it is now my favorite cheesecake to make. Thank you so much for sharing.

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September 6, 2014 - 11:47 am

Dawn - Are you sure the glaze takes 3/4 cup heavy cream? I made it that way but it was too runny. More like a syrup so I remade with 1/4 cup heavy cream. Seems thicker.

November 16, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Kelly - Made this tonight for the hubby’s birthday. Amazingly rich and delicious!