Scandinavian Almond Bars

We deeply enjoy these Scandinavian Almond Bars during the holidays and we finally procured the recipe from Aunt J! She has made these holiday cookies every year and we LOVE LOVE LOVE them. This recipe is one from the Better Homes and Gardens Editor’s favorite because it is from the his/her Norwegian grandmother.

We look forward to savoring these with tea every year. The almond flavor is three-fold, within the cookie, in the icing and from the almond slivers. Santa never misses this house because of these Scandinavian Almond bars and we can never eat just one.

Better Homes and Gardens Cookies for Christmas

Makes 48

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped

Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixer bowl beat butter or margarine until softened. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and almond extract and beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until well mixed.

Divide dough into fourths. Form each into a 12-inch roll. Place two rolls 4 to 5 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten until 3 inches wide. Repeat with remaining rolls.

Brush flattened rolls with milk and sprinkle with almonds. Bake with a 325 oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While cookies are still warm, cut them crosswise at a diagonal into 1 inch strips.

While the bars are still warm and soft on the cookie sheet, use a sharp knife to cut the baked dough diagonally into 1 inch strips. Cool the strips on a wire rack before drizzling with almond icing.

Almond Icing

Stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp almond extract, and enough milk (3 to 4 tsp) to make icing of drizzling consistency.

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