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Oma's Almond Bar Recipe

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Easy breezy Scandinavian almond bars with a German twist... such a quick recipe to whip up! You won't be disappointed!

My Almond Bar recipe, aka Mandelkekse, is a great way to make lots of almond cookies easily. This German food looks absolutely scrumptious and tastes 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!

IMPORTANT!

Just be sure to cut these almond bars into cookies while the baked bars are still warm.

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

Easy breezy Scandinavian almond bars with a German twist... quick to make and so goooood!

Cookie Origins ...

This recipe for almond cookies has been a part of our German Christmas cookies 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!

When it's time for Christmas, baking is at the forefront of preparations. Here's my collection of favorites in my Christmas Baking e-Cookbook written in English: 

Sharing traditional German Christmas baking, made using easily available ingredients, ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our heritage anytime of the year.

Below, I've drizzled these with an powdered sugar glaze that I've added almond extract to .... a double whammy of marzipan flavor!

Easy breezy Scandinavian almond bars with a German twist... quick to make and so goooood!

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Oma's Almond Bar Recipe

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.

Prep Time

25 minutes

Bake Time

15 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes

Servings:

Makes about 48 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1¾ cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • about ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 3 - 4 tbsp milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets by covering with parchment paper.
  2. In large mixer bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and almond extract until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add to butter mixture and beat until well mixed.
  4. Divide dough into four portions. Form each into a roll about 12 inches long.
  5. 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.
  6. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Do not let them get too dark.
  7. 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.
  8. Mix powdered sugar, ¼ tsp almond extract and enough milk to make icing.
  9. Drizzle cookies with icing. 

Notes/Hints:

  • These almond bars also taste great drizzled with chocolate!
  • The original recipe used un-greased cookie sheets. I find that using parchment paper covered cookie sheets works much better.

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Easy breezy Scandinavian almond bars with a German twist... quick to make and so goooood!
Almond bars with a German twist... quick to make and so goooood! Made just like Oma.

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This Almond Bar recipe is a great way to make lots of almond cookies easily. They look absolutely scrumptious and taste divine! A true MUST for the holiday table!

Yield: 48 cookies
Ingredients: ½ cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1¾ cups flour, ½ cup sliced almonds,

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