Almond Bars

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I can’t believe I didn’t have a jelly roll pan! You need one to make these so off I went and finally bought myself one. These bars are so tasty and very easy to make so if you need a dessert that feeds quite a few people, this is it! Cut them big or small, decorate with fruit or however you like and you have a crowd pleaser. So, here we go… let’s go make some almond bars!

Note:Β Even though these bars do not take long to make, always read through the instructions first! There are some new steps that I typically do not do in my recipes. Also, I did this entire recipe using a hand mixer.

What you will need:

Jelly roll pan, lightly greased (I used a 16 x 12 in.)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup water
1 cup butter

For the glaze:

6 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and extract. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and beat until just combined. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil the water and butter. As soon as it boils, remove from heat and pour into the mixture that is set aside. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out with a spatula.

Bake for 17-20 minutes.

When the bars have about 5 minutes left to bake, start making the glaze. Melt the butter and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour into a bowl and whisk in powdered sugar and extract until smooth and combined. Pour the warm glaze over the warm bars. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Enjoy!

Store covered in the fridge.

You can decorate however you like! They are so pretty πŸ™‚

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Swedish Almond Cake Recipe

I’m turning 30. Yikes! Let me just say, it is more scary than I thought it would be, but I do not feel 30 at all. More like 22. I should probably grow up sometime soon. My husband and I are celebrating in Las Vegas, one of my favorite places. I love to party and Vegas is so fun, has great food and it’s beautiful! My parents are watching our son and I always bring them a baked treat. I wanted to make something that wouldn’t take forever and they could have either for breakfast or as a dessert. This cake is super easyΒ to make and is delicious with a cup of coffee or tea. Here we go…

What you will need:

9 inch springform pan

1 cup granulated sugar
1Β teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest from 1 lemon
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 tablespoon coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

In a large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), blend sugar, salt, almond and vanilla extracts, and lemon zest. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the flour and melted butter until everything is incorporated. Pour batter into greased and floured pan. Sprinkle the top with sliced almonds and coarse sugar. Note:Β I did not have coarse sugar so I did not use. I just sprinkled with powdered sugar once cake was done and cooled. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before releasing the sides. Enjoy!