The effect of recessing on the stresses distributed along the mid-bondline in both standard single lap joints and co-axial ones were analyzed using elasto-plastic finite element method (FEM). The results obtained show that the values of the peak stresses of all the stresses distributed in the mid-bondline were changed greatly as the preformed angle in over lap zone was about 10 0 when the high elastic modulus adhesive is used. The effect of the elastic modulus level on the stress distribution (especially the peak stresses) is small in the middle part of the lap zone. When taken the stress distributed in the middle part of the lap zone into account, there is nearly no significant difference between the peel stress distributed in the standard joint and co-axial single lap joint when the adhesives with lower elastic modulus was used. It is recommended that a co-axial joint is suitable for the recessing joint made by aluminum alloy and a higher elastic modulus adhesive.