Oma's Almond Bar Recipe

Oma's Almond Bars

My Almond Bar recipe, aka Mandelkekse, is a great way to make lots of almond cookies easily. They look absolutely scrumptious and taste divine! Even though these are called "bar" cookies, they are made on a cookie sheet. The dough is formed into rolls that are flattened and then baked. The almond bars are then cut into cookies and iced.

One of the reasons I think I'm so in love with this recipe is almonds. There's almond flavoring in the icing. There're almonds on top. It's almost like a "marzipan high" for me! So German! So wunderbar!

Oma's Almond Bar Recipe


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond flavoring
  • 1 3/4 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • about 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp almond flavoring
  • 3 - 4 tbsp milk
  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets by covering with parchment paper.
  • In large mixer bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and almond flavoring until light and fluffy.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add to butter mixture and beat until well mixed.
  • Divide dough into four portions. Form each into a roll about 12 inches long.
  • Put two rolls about 4 - 5 inches apart on parchment-covered cookie sheet and flatten rolls with fingers to about 3 inches wide. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Brush with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Do not let them get too dark.
  • Remove from oven and immediately cut in 1-inch diagonal strips, but carefully cutting down with a knife. Do not cut back and forth. The delicate cookie will break. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Mix powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp almond flavoring and enough milk to make icing.
  • Drizzle cookies with icing. Makes about 48.
  • This Almond Bar recipe also tastes great drizzled with chocolate!
  • The original recipe used un-greased cookie sheets. I find that using parchment paper covered cookie sheets works much better.


Just be sure to cut them into cookies while the baked dough bars are still warm.

If you wait too long, it will crumble when you cut them.

German Christmas Cookies: almond bars

Cookie Origins ...

This recipe for almond cookies has been a part of our German Christmas cookies recipes collection for over 30 years. Even though they would be a treat on other special occasions as well, I like saving them, just for Christmas.

The origins for this cookie seems to be Scandinavia ... perhaps imported to Germany at some point? To me, that doesn't matter. It tastes so 'marzipan-y' to me ... WUNDERBAR!

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What others are saying ...

Debra W. says, “We will be having this tomorrow night for  a GERMAN FEAST ... Yummy.”

Virginia B says, “I made the Sauerbraten last night for dinner. Along with the fried potatoes, spatzle and red cabbage. Everything turned out great, love your recipe. Now I am turning it into soup tonight, adding my favorite kitchen pal Maggi. Thank you for the goulash recipe also, can’t waith to make that this week. :)

Brenda S. says, “Thank you. I have been looking for this one for a long time. This is an awesome cake.

Shantel Y. says, "Took this to German Fest and everyone loved it.

Isabelle M., says, "Wow! I made this last night and OMG what a delicious meal! With red cabbage it was just amazing. Thank you! Will certainly do this again and the sauce just adds so much flavor to the dish."

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