Windmill Cookie Bars Recipe

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When I went to my grandma's house as a child, she was often baking Dutch windmill cookies. Like her cookies, my bars feature crisp slivered almonds.—Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 266 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Combine the flour, cinnamon and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Lightly beat egg white; brush over dough. Sprinkle with almonds.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes; cut into bars. Cool completely. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Windmill Cookie Bars in Taste of Home February/March 2001, p49

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Reviewed Apr. 6, 2014

"Love these!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Good but very rich."

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