I can't believe that I haven't already put this recipe up yet. This is my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick dessert, which I was doing for tomorrow night's Christmas potluck at our church. Of all the dishes I have made, this one gets the most requests. I hope you'll enjoy it! Almond Bars
1 cup butter (no substitutes), melted
2 cups white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 tsp. almond extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Melt your butter (I use the microwave). I then use a bit of the melted butter to grease a 13"x9" baking pan. Mix the eggs and sugar until combined (I use my stand mixer). Add the melted butter, flour and almond extract, then mix again. Pour the batter into your greased pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar on top for a pretty presentation. I don't like the edges on my finished bars, so what I do is cut very close to the edge around the bars, like this (I left the sugar off for now so you can see it):
I then cut the pan up into 36 bars, like this (though you can make them larger if you wish):
That way, I don't have that edge around the bars. My boys love to snack on the edges and we're all happy.
Ta-da! Here are ours for the potluck.(Okay, I'm not a food artist.)
This recipe is so easy that I can whip it up in the time it takes to preheat the oven. And it's from scratch. I still can't believe that I didn't share this one yet. Give it a try for your next holiday get together! Enjoy!
Here's the PDF for the recipe: Almond Bars