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


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup almond paste
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 107 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  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

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lettuceleaf User ID: 6561007 259727
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"This recipe is simple and delicious. I used a 7 oz can of almond paste and baked 30 mins. Turned out perfectly chewy. Will definitely make again!"

jenc83 User ID: 7555153 163194
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."

aed220 User ID: 4022958 173433
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

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

Poots User ID: 1413102 107401
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."

Poots User ID: 1413102 173431
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."

ahinck User ID: 6552844 160416
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"Where does one find almond paste?"

mmbaby603 User ID: 3897628 141872
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"Love the almond flavor in these! Big hit!"

Hokiemoma User ID: 6432985 173425
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"This is the best bar cookie I have ever eaten. Will be a must at future holiday events. Thanks!!"

martyrogg User ID: 5731761 210044
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I made with 1 3/4 cups of sugar in the batter and added an almond flavored confectioners glaze while warm instead of the sprinkled sugar. Big hit!"

mavarnee User ID: 4550634 210043
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Made for family at Christmas. I had to make it twice and everyone wants the recipe. I put the almonds on top of the dough, pressed them in a bit, then put on the sugar. That way the almonds don't fall off."

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