Bake Along – Orange-Almond Bars

Considering this is cold season, I figured I’d share a recipe laced with vitamin C.   Eat as many as you need to make your sniffles go away.

Orange-Almond Bars {via Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Cookies}

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Orang Icing (recipe below)

1.  Preaheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add about half of the flour, the sugar, egg, baking powder, orange peel, almond extract, and salt.  Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally  Beat in the remaining flour.  Using your hands, knead dough into a ball.

2.  Divide dough into four portions.  On a lightly floured surface, shape each portion into an 8 inch roll; flatten until about 2 inches wide.  Place rolls 4 to 5 inches apart on two ungreased cookie sheets.  Brush with milk, sprinkle with almonds.  Forgot this step.  Added the almonds on top of the icing. Not the best idea, most fell off. 

3.  Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 22 minutes o until bottoms are lightly browned.  While warm, cut rolls diagonally into 1-inch bars.  Transfer to a wire rack; cool.  Drizzle with Orange Icing.  Let stand until icing is set.  Makes about 40 bars.

Orange Icing
In a small bowl stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Stir in 3 to 4 teaspoons orange juiceto make an icing of drizzling consistency.

Don’t forget to brush with milk and sprinkle with almonds at this step! Do as I say, not as I do.

When I took the tray out of the oven and saw this I was so upset.  There goes this batch into the trash.  I reread the directions and realized the only thing I did wrong was to flatten the logs wider than 2 inches.  But looking at the picture in the magazine, they were the right thickness, so I continued on.  I didn’t care that I took a blurry picture because at the time I took it, I was still in my “I suck at baking” mentality.

Don’t forget to brush with milk and add almonds BEFORE baking.  Can I stress this enough?

Just keep baking, just keep baking…

Linking to: Made by You, Just Something I Whipped Up, Get Your Craft On, Blue Cricket Design, Sew Much Ado, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello, Sew Chatty.


  • C says:

    Asalaamu Alaikum

    But how did they taste? lol I gotta know!

  • samsstuff says:

    Yum, sounds delicious! Stopping by from Made by You Mondays To say hi & check out your recipe 🙂

  • CIA-Cooking In An Apron says:

    Sounds yummy! Kinda like a cookie biscotti… Saw you on foodgawker and couldn't help but comment!

  • Tara says:

    I made these last week and they were wonderful! I used cara cara navel oranges. They are sweeter and less acidic. I loved the combination of orange and almond!

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