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Scandinavian Almond Bars

 Scandinavian Almond Bars
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
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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 McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg and extract. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed
  • mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough into fourths; form into 12-in. x 3-in. rectangles. Place
  • 5 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with milk; sprinkle with
  • almonds.
  • Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes or until firm to the touch and
  • edges are lightly browned. Cool on pans for 5 minutes, then cut
  • diagonally into 1-in. slices. Remove to wire racks to cool

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Scandinavian Almond Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar, extract and enough
  • milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over bars. Yield:
  • about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 2 bars equals 134 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.