1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with foil; coat heavily with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix condensed milk and vanilla. Stir in coconut, almonds, if using, and chocolate chips until well blended.
2. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough in 1 1/4-inch mounds 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire rack and let stand until cool. Carefully peel cookies from foil.