Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Scandinavian Almond Bars- Easy and delicious.


These cookies are so good and fast to make- ready in 30 to 40 minutes. They are simple to make, unique and pretty.We make them all year long but love them during the holidays.
   Makes 4 dozen 

Dough
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp of almond extract
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Topping
1/2 tsp sliced almonds
2 TBS milk

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
3-4 TBS milk
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • In a small bowl sift or stir together the flour, baking powder and the salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.

  • Add the egg and almond extract and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly mix in the flour, baking powder and salt; mixing just until combined.
  • Divide dough into 4 pieces, and roll each one into a log about 12 inches long. Place 2 logs onto each well greased or preferably parchment lined cookie sheet-  4 to 5 inches apart. 
  • Flatten each roll by hand until it is about 3 inches wide. The dough is sticky so you may need to flour your hands a bit. They don't have to be perfect, once their cut you can't tell if they weren't totally even. I love that about this recipe!

  • Brush flattened roll with milk and   sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  •  Place both sheets into preheated oven.



  • Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Rotate trays half way through.





  • While the cookies are still warm,  cut them crosswise at a diagonal, into slices about 1 inch wide.





    • Make the Glaze: 
      • In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, almond extract, and milk until smooth.
    • Place glaze into a small zip lock bag and snip a small corner off. 
    • Drizzle the glaze, out of the corner hole, over the completely cooled cookies.
       Store in a sealed container. These freeze really well.

    4 comments:

    Lynn said...

    What beautiful cookies! Is this an old family recipe?

    jamielz said...

    You have a lot of great recipes! I have just started a new baking blog of my own and I would love for you to check it out (though I am an amateur!)
    http://jamielz.blogspot.com

    D Gotlib said...

    Nice to meet you Margaret. I can see this is a VERY dangerous place. It smells delicious from here.

    D

    Deanna said...

    Glad I found you're blog. I am called "Martha" too. In fact I am wearing my apron as I type this...LOL

    I look forward to trying your lovely recipes. The pictures are great too!

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