Holiday Almond Bars Recipe
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Holiday Almond Bars Recipe

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This fast, delicious dessert always makes an appearance during our Christmas celebrations.—Cheryl Newendorp, Pella, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 54 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup almond paste
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 107 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 27 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, almond paste and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Gradually add flour just until moistened.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with almonds.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Almond Bars in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p80

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 107 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 27 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I was so excited to try this recipe. Everything went great until I tried to cut them for the cookie exchange I was going to. They were rock solid! I broke a butter knife (a metal butter knife!) trying to cut them and finally had to just throw the entire pan away with the bars still in them. I had to run to the store to buy cookies to take to the exchange."

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"I make these for a lot of get togethers, they are now one of my favorites! Pretty easy too!"

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"OK, so I made this recipe and it is delicious. Now to answer the big question, "where do you purchase almond paste". Well, I solved that by going online to Taste of Home and got recipe for Amond Paste and made my own. Simple, easy, delicious. And WAY cheaper, even IF I could find it in the store."

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Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"I haven't tried these yet, but they look amazing, I love almond paste. Only problem is, I too do not know where to buy it, have looked everywhere."

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Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"These were a nice alternative to brownies. My family liked them a lot. We all agreed they were somewhat addictive."

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