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Holiday Almond Bars

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
    4-1/2 dozen


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


  • 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.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with almonds.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 107 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • lettuceleaf
    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
    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
    Jan 5, 2013

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

  • Poots
    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
    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
    Feb 28, 2012

    Where does one find almond paste?

  • mmbaby603
    Jan 7, 2012

    Love the almond flavor in these! Big hit!

  • Hokiemoma
    Jan 1, 2012

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

  • martyrogg
    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
    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.