Monday, February 6, 2012

Almond Bars

Almonds are good for our health, right?
You can see the glistening sugar...and according to news reports recently we should try to cut back on the sweet product...BUT
You are asked to provide a treat for a funeral luncheon, so the healthy almond outweighs the sugar...Perhaps!
This is a tasty treat and easy to prepare!

Almond Bars:

1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar (divided)
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1 large egg, separated
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Combine flour, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Cut the cold butter in small cubes and add to the dry mixture, cutting in the butter with your nice clean fingers until small crumbs form (almost like a sand mixture). Add egg yolk and work until thoroughly with a fork until well blended (you can use your fingers). Press this mixture into a well greased 9 x 13" glass pan. Slightly beat the egg white and spread on top of cookie dough with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the almonds on top that have been mixed with the remaining 1/4 sugar, pressing to make sure they are not loose.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Cool briefly and cut into squares or diamond shapes with a very sharp knife. This is a very important step...if you allow the bars to cool too much, they will break apart when cutting.

You can add a little almond extract if you really enjoy the unique flavor of almond!

Do enjoy~

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