Scandinavian Almond Bars

I came across this recipe a few years ago in a Christmas Cookie magazine published by Better Homes and Gardens.  I love how pretty the cookies look, and how delicious they taste.  Because these cookies freeze well, I usually bake these early in my cookie baking season.  They stack neatly between sheets of wax paper.

Ingredients:

Cookie 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, sliced

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add extract, beat in egg.
  3. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Divide dough into fourths; form into 12-inch rolls and press into a 12 x 3 inch oblong rectangle. Place 5 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with milk; sprinkle with almonds.
  5. Bake a for 12-15 minutes or until firm to the touch and edges are lightly browned.
  6. While baking, combine the powdered sugar, extract and enough milk in a small bowl to achieve desired consistency
  7. Remove cookies from oven, cool on pan for 5 minutes. When still slightly warm, drizzle icing over bars. Cut diagonally into 1 inch slices.
  8. Yield: about 4 dozen.
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