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Almond Bars - Nutty, buttery and delicious!

Almond Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 20
Calories: 166kcal
Buttery, nutty and delicious! These bars might look humble, but you'll be surprised how flavorful and delicious they are!
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar turbinado sugar or sparkling sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Prepare a 9" x 9" baking pan by greasing lightly with butter.  Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, then set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth.  Add sugar and blend until well combined.
  • Add egg, almond extract and vanilla extract and blend 30 seconds or so (until all ingredients are fully incorporated).
  • While slowly mixing, pour in flour (a bit at a time).  Blend just until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Scoop dough into the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it a bit.  Then, lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the dough and use your hands to press the dough into the pan in as even a layer as possible.  After you've gotten it pretty flat and even with your hands, with the plastic still on top, use the flat bottom of a measuring cup (or something similar) to level the dough just a bit more, until the top of the dough is nice and level and flat. Then remove (and discard) the plastic wrap.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the egg white and milk.  Use a pastry brush to brush a layer of the egg/milk mixture on top of the dough.  You will not need all of the liquid.
  • Sprinkle the sliced almonds in an even layer all over the dough.  Sprinkle a bit of raw sugar or sparkling sugar on top of the almonds..
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes, or until the edges are getting a bit golden.
  • Keep the pan in the oven and adjust oven temperature to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes, just until the almonds have a bit of golden brown all over (do not walk away from the oven while broiling and watch carefully so you don't burn the almonds/bars).


Generally when I'm making cookie bars I like to line my baking pans with parchment paper, but in this case I recommend simply using butter directly on the pan. It helps create just a bit more browning on the bottom of the bars (versus with parchment) and for this recipe I like all the edges (and top and bottom) of the bars to have a bit of browning (for flavor and texture).


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg