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Holiday Almond Bars

This fast, delicious dessert always makes an appearance during our Christmas celebrations.—Cheryl Newendorp, Pella, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup almond paste
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, almond paste and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Gradually add flour just until moistened.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with almonds.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 107 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Kay
    Feb 14, 2021

    Followed the recipe exactly. The bars fell in the middle at the end of the cooking time. They were too sweet and when cut all of the slivered almonds fell off. I would not make these again.

    Jan 22, 2021

    Just made these and halved recipe. Used almond flour and coconut oil as replacements for flour and butter. I omitted almond topping.. Used 8 x 8 pan baked for 35 minutes. Made 15 bars. They came out perfect! Can't wait to make them again. Thank u for this amazing recipe.

  • lettuceleaf
    Jan 15, 2017

    This recipe is simple and delicious. I used a 7 oz can of almond paste and baked 30 mins. Turned out perfectly chewy. Will definitely make again!

  • jenc83
    Dec 23, 2013

    I was so excited to try this recipe. Everything went great until I tried to cut them for the cookie exchange I was going to. They were rock solid! I broke a butter knife (a metal butter knife!) trying to cut them and finally had to just throw the entire pan away with the bars still in them. I had to run to the store to buy cookies to take to the exchange.

  • aed220
    Jan 5, 2013

    I make these for a lot of get togethers, they are now one of my favorites! Pretty easy too!

  • Poots
    Aug 16, 2012

    OK, so I made this recipe and it is delicious. Now to answer the big question, "where do you purchase almond paste". Well, I solved that by going online to Taste of Home and got recipe for Amond Paste and made my own. Simple, easy, delicious. And WAY cheaper, even IF I could find it in the store.

  • Poots
    Aug 14, 2012

    I haven't tried these yet, but they look amazing, I love almond paste. Only problem is, I too do not know where to buy it, have looked everywhere.

  • brynedmonds
    Jul 8, 2012

    No comment left

  • ahinck
    Feb 28, 2012

    Where does one find almond paste?

  • mmbaby603
    Jan 7, 2012

    Love the almond flavor in these! Big hit!