This Almond Bars recipe is a sweet treat that has a shortbread-like texture and a delicious almond glaze on top! You’ll want to make extra and freeze them for later!
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You know sometimes you search and search for the perfect recipe, and then you try it, and it’s not perfect. So you tweak it, and change it, and tweak it some more?
Then sometimes you land on the perfect recipe and no changes are needed! Today’s Almond Bars recipe was that gold mine treasure. The kind of recipe you make once and think “these are amazing and I’m not changing a thing.”
Yep. My friend Mary, over at Barefeet in the Kitchen, created these Almond Bars. I’ve just had the joy of eating them. Numerous times. And if you’re not following her blog, you better get over there now!!
I love almond desserts. Some people run out of vanilla extract, I am always running out of almond extract. I like to put a splash in nearly all my baked goods. It takes them to the next level!
For instance, this Swedish Almond Cake. I just made it again. It’s dense and delicious. Packed with almond flavor! Today’s Almond Bars recipe reminds me of that cake! Apparently our Scandinavian friends know how to make delicious almond flavored treats!
One thing I love about these Almond Bars is that they make SO MANY. You might be thinking, “what am I going to do with all these Almond Bars???”
Let me help you. FREEZE THEM. Seriously. They come out of the freezer in perfect condition. Nothing a couple hours at room temperature can’t fix, and you instantly have a sweet treat ready to go! Hosting a holiday? Grab a bag out of your freezer the night before! Friends dropping over for coffee? These bars are the perfect pairing to your steaming cup of joe!
How to make Almond Bars:
- First, you’re going to need a sheet pan. Or I think it’s called a “half size sheet pan”. I bought mine on Amazon, and I followed Mary’s advice to purchase TWO. Because doubling this recipe and making a crap-ton of almond bars is genius. They freeze beautifully! You can actually make the bars in a 9×13 as well, if you cut the recipe in half. But, more is ALWAYS better.
- Next, you’ll want to create the “dough”. Once you’ve done this, you’ll press it into the bottom of your pan. I used a butter to grease my pan (just rubbing it onto the pan until it’s coated).
- After your dough has been pressed into the pan, you’ll take a pastry brush and brush a small amount of milk over the top. Not only does it add a little extra moisture to the bars, but it helps the almonds stick!
- Bake. But do NOT let these brown. Mind took exactly 18 minutes in a 325 degree oven. These will have a soft shortbread texture.
- After they cool for about 5 minutes, cut them into bars. I found that if I cut them while they are warm, they looked and sliced better. Did you know that if you use a plastic (disposable) knife your baked goods cut cleaner. True fact.
- Finally, whisk your icing together. Add more or less milk for desired consistency and drizzle over the almond bars once they are cooled. It will only take about 10 minutes for the icing to set. You can now enjoy.
- To store these almond bars, place in an airtight container at room temperature. OR, lay almond bars in single layer in a gallon sized ziploc freezer bag. Stack bags in freezer. Thaw at room temperature before serving! ENJOY.
If you love today’s recipe for Almond Shortbread, these similar recipes might entice you!
- These Coconut Almond Bars are a delightful homemade candy bar recipe filled with toasted coconut and topped with chocolate, caramel, and crunchy almonds!
- Strawberry Almond Bars have a crunchy almond crust, chewy strawberry filling, and a creamy cheesecake topping. Perfect for holidays or weekend brunches!
- Brown sugar and oatmeal cherry almond bars are officially my new favorite sweet snack! The cherries are nice and tart, the almond scented crumble dough is chewy and butterscotch-y ~ these are a must make!
- Cranberry almond bars have a dense, almost gooey-like cake base and are topped with a hefty amount of streusel! With gluten-free and 100% whole grain options.
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Almond Bars recipe:
Yield: 36 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
For the bars:
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp almond extract
For the topping:
- 2 Tbsp milk (any variety)
- 1 cup sliced almonds
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 Tbsp milk (any variety)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously butter (or use baking spray) on a half sheet pan (approximatedly 18"x13"). Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add in eggs and almond extract. Beat until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture. Mixing until well blended.
- Press this dough into the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Use your fingers or a pastry roller to smooth the top of the dough.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the milk to the top of the dough (you may not need to use all of it). Sprinkle with sliced almonds, pressing them lightly into the dough.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until done. You don't want to brown these bars.
- Cool for about 5 minutes, then cut them with a knife into bars. If they are too soft to cut, allow to cool a little bit more. Carefully remove them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- Once cooled, you can make your glaze by whisking the sugar with the almond extract and milk. Drizzle over the bars and allow to set.
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