Almond Bars

These Almond Bars make a chewy and crunchy dessert that is hard to resist!

Base:

1 cup all purpose flour

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

1 1/2 Tbsp. cold water

Topping:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. almond extract

3/4 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray pan with baking spray.

To prepare base: Mix together flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add in butter and use a pastry blender to cut in butter to resemble coarse meal. Add the cold water and mix with a fork until the dough comes together.

Press dough into bottom of pan and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.

To prepare topping: In a saucepan, mix the cream, sugar and extract over medium heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Stir occasionally about 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in almonds. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Pour warm topping over baked base. Make sure to distribute almonds evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool. As the bars cool, run a sharp knife around the edge of the bars as they cool to loosen from pan.

Cut into pieces and serve.

 

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