Almond Joy Rolls

Almond Joy Rolls

In my friend Billy’s new cookbook Whip it Up! (comes out soon!)  there’s a section called “Choose Your Own Adventure Rolls.”  I thought…OOH. YES PLEASE. LET’S MAKE THE ALMOND ROLLS.  Because DOUGH and ALMONDS and DO I REALLY NEED TO EXPLAIN WHY?! No.

After I measured out all the ingredients for the dough, I went to take a picture and realized I left my camera at my parent’s house.  I thought, “Oh! I’ll just use my older camera!”  Which… lead me on an hour long hunt around my house that left me empty handed. I grabbed my phone and Cooper’s point & shoot camera and here we are.

All of this happened on the last day of Mercury being in retrograde. Figures, right? Fortunately, the batteries on both the camera and the phone died RIGHT before I was finishing the last shot. Oddly enough, I find those particular photography challenges exhilarating. I mean… it’s kind of unnerving and stressful, but I think it’s fun to try new equipment out and test myself. Also, I’m lazy. I didn’t want to drive to my parent’s house. Let’s just be real here.

The rolls turned into Almond Joy Rolls with the addition of milk chocolate and coconut shreds mixed in the cream cheese filling.  I know, you’re thinking where’s all the chocolate? There’s melted chunks studded throughout the inside of the rolls!  They’re doughy, they’re gooey and holy mother….they need to get out of my house right now before I eat them all. Thanks, Billy for an awesome recipe. So proud of you and your book!  And thanks for cellphones that have pretty decent cameras. Look, Mom! There’s a benefit to having my phone attached to me. We have Almond Joy Rolls to enjoy now and I now I can say that I totally “phoned” it in.

Let’s gather our ingredients:

Warm water + yeast. Use a thermometer.

Yeast getting it on with water.

Melted butter.

Egg sugar/salt/mix.

Butter + buttermilk.

Egg sugar mixture with butter/buttermilk mixture.

Most of the flour goes in.

Yeast enters. More flour goes in.

Wrapped up. Oven bound for proofing.

Dough. Done.

Filling time.

Coconut/sugar/cream cheese

Reminds me of cannoli filling.


Topping party.

The dough is nice to work with.

Roll up.

Cut up.

Put on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with additional almonds.

After a little proofing we bake. LOOK AT THEM ROLLS.



I also sprinkled a little coconut on top- some of it burnt but some of it was perfect.

Side view.

Inside view. Told you it was gooey. LOOK AT THE HIDDEN CHOCOLATE PILE.


All three for me.

Extra glaze if you’re fancy.

Excuse me while I walk over to the tray and “pick off” a few little crumbs….

So ridiculously dreamy.

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Almond Joy Rolls

makes about 15 rolls

recipe adapted from Whip it Up!

for the dough:


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 oz. sachet active dried years
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped milk chocolate
  • 4-6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
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