Brown Sugar Almond Bars

July 7th, 2009

There has been little creative cooking lately. After a cooking marathon on the 4th I have become a slacker. But I have some interesting recipes in the works, so stay tuned. In the meantime here is an easy old time favorite that came from a high school friend. I have stayed in touch with a group of girls that shared the angst- ridden teens with me and several years ago at a reunion of ten of us, we decided to write a cookbook. My friend Norma, who was a caterer in Dallas at the time, knew someone who put together community cookbooks. I gathered the recipes from all of the girls and we printed our very own cookbook. We sold the book to our friends and family. It is so nice to flip through the cookbook and pick a recipe and think about the friend who submitted it. These easy almond bars came from Maryann who now lives in New Mexico. Thanks Maryann!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbls butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbls water
3/4 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup slices almonds
3/4 tsp vanilla
Cream 1/2 cup butter with confectioner’s sugar. Add flour and salt and mix well. Pat into ungreased 8″x 8″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Melt remaining butter. Add brown sugar, water and lemon juice; bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in almonds and vanilla. Spread mixture over warm crust. Bake 15 to 20 minutes more. Cut into bars while warm. Cool before removing bars from pan.

10 responses to “Brown Sugar Almond Bars”

  1. JoAnn says:

    These look very yummy! Can’t wait to try them.

    Last week, I made your Chicken Chilaquiles and Guacamole Salad (along with our own margueritas) and it was wonderful! My husband and I really enjoyed that meal. Thanks again.

  2. Donna-FFW says:

    These look delicious. Love the combo, and almonds rate 5 stars in my book.

  3. Mary says:

    Penny, these really do look wonderful and they are easy to make as well. That’s a winning combination.

  4. Lisa says:

    These look fantastic – I love almonds 🙂

    And the cooking time is short so it wouldn’t heat up the kitchen.


  5. Natashya says:

    So nice that you stayed in touch!
    I still feel like an angst ridden teen from time to time, even though that was some 25 years ago..
    The bars look great, I love almonds.

  6. Sippity Sup says:

    Those bars look so tempting sitting on that rack cooling! Sadly I broke my jaw and can only enjoy virtual food for the next 6 weeks! Thanks for visiting SippitySup! GREG

  7. Katy ~ says:

    Those look and sound so good! I love almonds! YUM YUM

  8. girlichef says:

    These sound awesome! I too, love almonds…and brown sugar, so bookmarked it is 😀

  9. These look fabulous. I love the flavor of almonds. I love community cookbooks because you know everyone submits their very best recipes. Thank you for sharing this one.

  10. Grace says:

    butter, sugar, butter, sugar, almonds. that’s all I need to know to qualify this as an amazing recipe. 🙂

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