Friday, January 23, 2009

Scandinavian Almond Bars

These delightful cookies were a big hit this Christmas. We were pretty consistent and when we found a recipe that was loved by all we stuck to it. We made a couple batches of these. Notice there is only ONE flattened "log" on this rack - we ate them as soon as the glaze was drizzled!
Like any good Scandinavian, Greg found these to be delightful.

Scandinavian Almond Bars

Cream together:
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 stp. almond extract
1 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder

Mix well and divide dough into fourths. Roll each fourth into a log about the length of your cookie sheet and put two logs on a sheet lengthwise. Using your fingers press each log to @ 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Brush each log with milk and generously sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes then slice each log into sticks (check out the photo above - I used a pizza cutter). Then drizzle the following glaze onto the cookies. I got this recipe from Maryellen and she likes a fine line drizzle, but Greg and I agreed - any drizzle is exceptional and these are like heaven in your mouth, fine line or not.

1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
add milk SLOWLY a teaspoonful at a time until your glaze is the right consistency.

Maybe this recipe is clear as mud - but the cookies are amazing! Give them a try. Or call Maryellen and bribe her into making you some!

OR come over with your camera, and document the making of a masterpiece and I will post a picture tutorial!

In any case, enjoy!

1 comment:

Cindi said...

They look delicious. I can't wait to try the recipe. You need to post the recipe for that incredible butter cake too. MMM. I have had dreams about it.