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Taste of Home was kind enough to send me their gorgeous Taste of Home Cookies magazine. Filled with amazing cookies, it was not easy choosing the first cookie to bake from it.
I fell in love with the Scandinavian Almond Bars and couldn’t wait to bake them. Sort of like a biscotti, these cookies are crisp and rich with a delicate almond flavor. The light crunch from the almond slivers and the soft, sweet sugar drizzle…this is a cookie we will be making every Christmas.
Scandinavian Almond Bars
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon 2% milk (I used almond milk:)
1/2 cup sliced almonds, chopped
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk
In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and extract. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Divide dough into fourths; form into 12-in. x 3-in. rectangles. Place 5 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
Brush with milk.
Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes or until firm to the touch and edges are lightly browned. Cool on pans for 5
Cut diagonally into 1-in. slices. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over bars.
Yield: about 4 dozen.
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