I made these Almond Bars on Christmas morning. Incredibly I was awake before the kids, and wanted to bake cookies to deliver to friends along with the gifts I hadn’t yet had a chance to give them. I walked on the treadmill, sipped and swallowed my way through two cups of coffee, and mixed up the dough before the kids were out of bed and I was enthusiastically and eagerly taken by the hand and led to the family room to begin the grand opening of gifts.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Heat oven to 325F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt, gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Divide dough into 4 portions. Pat each portion into a 12-by13-inch rectangle. Place 5 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with milk, sprinkle with almonds.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until firm and edges are light brown. Cool on pans for 5 minutes, cut diagonally into 1-inch slices. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, almond extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency, drizzle over bars.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home