almond bars

I bit into the almond whatsit (they had me at almond) and sighed happily when something began niggling in the back of my brain.  I had had something else blissfully almondish… Yes, the almond cake that everyone went wild for, but something else… And then it hit me. Astrid’s almond bars. Eureka!

Astrid was a sweet little lady at the church I grew up in, and one blessed day she brought these luscious bars to a church potluck. Or ladies’ tea. Or something. All I remember is falling in love, and my mother and I sweetly begging the recipe – which arrived on a beautiful little recipe card shortly thereafter.

Perhaps it’s appropriate that I’m making these now – Astrid called them Swedish Almond Bars, and I certainly live now in the land of Swedes and bars! And oh, these are delicious!

Almond bars
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  • 1 cup sliced almonds, divided
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle ½ cup of the almonds in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Beat together the butter, eggs, sugar, almond and vanilla extracts till well blended. Add flour and salt and beat till smooth. Spread batter in the pan.
  4. Combine the 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter. Top with the remaining ½ cup almonds.
  5. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and cut into bars.


I’ve been a busy little elf, baking away over here.

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