Thursday, July 1, 2010

Almond Bars

My favorite nut may be the almond, followed closely by pepitas, and then the controversial Brazil nut (I don't care, they're tasty!).  My family also loves a good almond dessert, or almond centered dessert. In fact, in India, a lot of the desserts center around almonds.

Here is my ode to the almond--the almond bar, which is more cake-like than cookie like

4 eggs (room temperature is best)
1 and 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups all purpose flour
2 and 1/2 tsp. almond extract
Optional: sliced almonds


Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet
Step 2: Beat eggs and sugar together until lemon colored
Step 3: Add butter and extract, and mix well
Step 4: Slowly add flour and mix  in thoroughly
Step 5: Pour batter on cookie sheet, and smooth evenly with a rubber spatula
Step 6: If you want, sprinkle the top of the batter with sliced almonds
Step 7: Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown


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