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Scandinavian Almond Bars Recipe
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Scandinavian Almond Bars Recipe

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Delicate and crisp with a rich butter and almond flavor, these cookies are irresistible—and they look so lovely on a cookie tray! They're a tradition for us and definitely worth the extra effort they require. —Melva Baumer, Millmont, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. 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.
  2. Divide dough into four portions. Roll or pat each portion into a 12x3-in. rectangle. Place 5 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with milk; sprinkle with almonds.
  3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until firm and edges are light brown. Cool on pans 5 minutes; cut diagonally into 1-in. slices. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, mix confectioner's sugar, extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over bars. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Scandinavian Almond Bars in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p29

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"My absolute favorite cookie. I hate rolling it out, but you won't be sorry!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Very easy and yummy,,,they look so pretty"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I have made this for years and it is one of our family's favorite Christmas cookies that MUST be make! Yummy!"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Huge hit at church! Everyone loved them!"

Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This is our favorite cookie at Christmas. My family doesn't care if I make anything else as long as there is a steady supply of this recipe. So easy but elegant! YUMMY!"

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