Elegant Almond Bars

Elegant Almond Bars

Prize-Winning Recipe 2007! Who would have guessed a sugar cookie mix was the jump start of an irresistible almond lover’s bar. Both quick and easy, the bar is reminiscent of a Scandinavian bakery pastry.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

2:30

Hrs:Mins

Makes

32

bars

Cookie Base
1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
egg
Filling
1
can (8 oz) or 1 package (7 oz) almond paste, crumbled into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4
cup sugar
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
2
eggs
1/2
cup sliced almonds
Topping
2
oz white chocolate baking bar, coarsely chopped (1/3 cup)
2
tablespoons shortening
1/4
cup sliced almonds
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread in ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat almond paste, sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Add 2 eggs; beat until well blended (mixture may be slightly lumpy).
  3. Spread almond paste mixture over partially baked base. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup almonds. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until filling is set (filling will puff up during baking). Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. In 1-quart heavy saucepan, melt white chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Pour and spread over cooled bars. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup almonds. Let stand about 30 minutes or until topping is set. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.
Makes 32 bars
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Did You Know?
This recipe was one of fifteen winners in the 2007 Mix It Up with Betty! Cookie Mix Recipe Contest. More than $10,000 was awarded!
Did You Know?
Almond paste can be found in the baking section of your supermarket. It is a prepared mixture of almonds, sugar and water that comes in either a can or a tube packed in a box. Stay away from the larger 12- to 13-oz canned pastry filling because it is a different product.
Purchasing
Use the premium or premier white chocolate baking bars found next to other chocolates in the baking aisle. It will give you a better flavor and performance than almond bark.
Success
The glaze can also be prepared in the microwave. In small microwavable bowl, microwave white chocolate and shortening 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 180
    • (Calories from Fat 90),
  • Total Fat 10g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 30mg;
  • Sodium 75mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 14g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 1/2 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.