Almond Bars – The 10 Days of Vintage Christmas Cookies

Posted on Dec 17 2012 - 6:42am by RetroRuth

What can I saw about almond-flavored baked goods, except that I love them? I thought everyone’s vintage-inspired cookie plate should have at least one almond treat on it, and if you love almond these bars are totally it.


This recipe is from (once again) the March 1973 issue of Mail Box News. Have I mentioned how much I love that publication? Only about a thousand times.

Almond Bars
"Delightfully rich!"
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup almond paste
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 Tsp butter
  • ¾ cup chopped almonds
  1. Cream 1 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until light. Add egg and blend well.
  2. Blend in flour and spread in 13x9 pan.
  3. Combine almond paste, 2 eggs, ½ cup sugar, almond extract and 2 T butter.
  4. Spread on top of the dough in pan and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
  5. Bake in 325 degree oven for 25 to 30 mins, or until done.



Scarf it down, Tom!


“Pretty good.”

“Just pretty good?”

“Yeah. They are soft. Almost too soft.”

The Verdict: Good, but soft.

From The Testing Notes:

Moist bars with a good almond flavor. Tom didn’t especially enjoy the texture, but I have had a few neighbors who received the cookies tell me that the almond bars were their favorite, so it must be just a taste preference thing. I personally loved them, but I love thick, sweet almond fillings. These were excellent with coffee and stored very well without losing much of their moistness.

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tipsykit January 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I made these for my sister today, and she said they were the best thing she had ever put in her mouth. Ever. (We both LOVE almond paste.)

    • RetroRuth January 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Good!! I really liked these, so am glad you gave them a try and liked them!

  2. Seamus January 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    These are really addictive. The first time I made them, I thought they were really greasy so I cut the butter down to 1 stick, and cut off 2 spoons of that to put on top. They came out practically the same but without the excess oiliness!

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