Wednesdays Unplugged – Scandinavian Almond Bars

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!



"To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle that any human being can fight – and never stop fighting." ~ e.e. cummings



Laurabday1a Last week was our daughter-in-law's birthday so she got to choose the menu… Pear Salad with Best Balsamic DressingCider Stew … and something new for dessert…Scandinavian Almond Bars. This is one of those recipes with a story history…she got the recipe from a colleague who brought the bars to work…who got the recipe from a Cookie-a-Day email…which was submitted by someone who had been making them for years…who got the recipe from a Christmas cookie magazine long ago…which came from who knows where! Regardless of where the recipe came from, they were delicious!!



  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teasoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons of milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In mixing bowl, beat butter until soft. Add sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add egg and almond extract. Add the reserved flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat well.

Divide dough into fourths. Form each into 12-inch roll. Place 2 rolls on each cookie sheet, flatten each to 3 inches wide using glass or small rolling pin. Brush each roll with milk. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. While still warm (very important), cut diagonally. Cool completely.

To glaze, stir together powdered sugar, almond extract and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX


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