Oma's Almond Bar Recipe
➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
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.
For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.
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!
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.
How Easy Is It To Make Almond Bars?
It's not hard to be scared away because a recipe has a few more steps than you'd like to see. BUT this, is one that you won't mind taking the time to make.
In the collage I've made below, you can see that it's as easy as these few steps. New recipes can always be intimidating at first. But after you make these delicious almond bars once, you'll want to make them again and again. Then soon enough, you'll become a pro!
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!
What Does Marzipan Taste Like?
While we Germans know our marzipan very well, it is not always such a common thing elsewhere. It can be hard to find unless you have an international aisle at your local store.
Marzipan is such a treat that simply describing it can hardly do it justice. But I will do my best! It is a delicious mixture traditionally made up of finely ground almonds and almond oil being some of the most prominent ingredients. This gives the mixture that nutty flavor that goes so well in so many recipes. In German culture, marzipan is in cookies, cakes, chocolates, candies. You name it! But it's just as good to snack on by itself.
Below, I've drizzled these with an powdered sugar glaze that I've added almond extract to .... a double whammy of marzipan flavor!
This almond bar recipe is a great treat for any season, especially in the summertime. It's so light yet crispy and makes the perfect dessert for picnics and family BBQs.That's what makes this recipe so wunderbar. There are so many delicious recipes that use marzipan, but they're more popular during the Christmas season. This recipe is great year-round!
But speaking of marzipan Christmas treats...
this is one that never gets old no matter the time of year. This Stollen Recipe is a great one to make to get that full marzipan experience.
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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.
Makes about 48 cookies
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1¾ cups flour, all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- about ¼ cup milk
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 3 - 4 tablespoons 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 extract 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 - 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, ¼ teaspoon almond extract and enough milk to make icing.
- Drizzle cookies with icing.
- 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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Almond Bar Recipe made Just like Oma
By Oma Gerhild Fulson
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
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