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Potluck Almond Bars

These creamy treats are sized right for a buffet, notes Farmington, Minnesota reader Astrid Miller. "The portions are easy to handle," she notes. "And, because they're so nice and small, they aren't too filling." But don't be surprised if their sweet taste keeps guest coming back for more!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) plus 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Sliced almonds, toasted


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, butter and salt. Pat into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients; beat until smooth. Pour over crust. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, combine the sugar, butter, milk and extract; stir until smooth. Frost bars and sprinkle with almonds if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
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  • shelly340
    Oct 28, 2016

    I have made this three times. I found that using an off brand cream cheese in the filling doesn't let it firm up as much as using Philly Cream Cheese.Also, the toasted almonds on top add a great flavor, don't leave them off.

  • LaLa105
    Dec 2, 2014

    I am certain I did something wrong. Followed receipt to a tee. Had to add more confectionery sugar so the icing would be stiff enough to cut and look like photo. Kept in fridge. Sat out longer than I had intended before eating but the top layer completely turned to soup. :( Had great flavor. No matter how long I left it in fridge, it never set up again. It stayed soupy. Would like to make again to figure out what I did wrong. Flavor was wonderful.

  • drilling
    Sep 5, 2011

    Very good flavor, the frosting is sweet but the other two layers are not so it balances out really well. A pan never lasts long in our house!

  • Alliea
    Mar 15, 2011

    This recipe sounds really good.Our Board Moderator has had the butter amounts adjusted.Alliea

  • jgfan
    Mar 15, 2011

    Wondering if the 1/2 cup butter listed with the frosting should be in the crust and the 1/3 cup in the frosting?

  • minnelou
    Mar 14, 2011

    Haven't tried it yet as the amount of butter for the crust is not listed. Sounds wonderful otherwise.