Monday, January 13, 2014

scandinavian almond bars

I love almond flavoring and it has been on my mind ever since my friend Julie asked if I've ever had a steamed milk with almond syrup (sugar free syrup of course, for me).  I haven't but I should!  These cookies are great- just ask my family.  They were eaten right up.  I made half with sliced almonds and half without which was a good idea.

scandinavian almond bars (5 star recipe at
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and almond extract; mix until fluffy.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
Divide dough into 4 pieces; and roll each one into a log about 12 inches long.  Place 2 logs per cookie sheet 4 to 5 inches apart (but not too close to the side of the pan so you can get them out easily after they are baked).  Flatten each roll by hand (I used my palm) until it is about 3 inches wide.  Brush flattened roll with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
Bake in a preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.  While the cookies are still warm, cut them crosswise at a diagonal, into slices about 1 inch wide.  When cool, drizzle with almond icing.

almond icing
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup milk

In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, almond extract and milk until smooth.  Drizzle over the cookies.

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