Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Scandinavian Almond Bars

This is a newer recipe for me, although it comes from an old Better Homes and Garden cookbook. I absolutely love almonds. As I was looking through the cookbook, this recipe jumped out at me. Not only does the cookie dough contain almond extract, but their are almonds scattered on top and an almond extract infused drizzle of icing on top. These are truly delicious, and if you have picky children like mine, leave the almonds off the top. They'll still love the yummy cookie without them.

Scandinavian Almond Bars

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar 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 (like a log). Place two rolls 4-5 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the roll until it is 3 inches wide. Repeat with remaining rolls.

Brush flattened rolls with milk and sprinkle with almonds. Bake in a 325ºF 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. Cool. Drizzle with Almond Icing.

Almond Icing

1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. almond extract
3-4 tsp. milk

Stir powdered sugar and almond extract together. Add enough milk to make the icing of drizzling consistency.

If you put the cookies on a wire rack before drizzling with the icing, the excess can fall under the rack and not make the bottom of your cookies sticky. These really are good and I hope you enjoy them!

1 comment:

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Oh now this one looks heavenly! I may do this one instead of the fudge. Only because it sounds sooooo yummy with coffee and hot chocolate!