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ButterAlmondCookieBarsMainSmallUnfortunately, this one is delicious, too!

Starting this project right at the beginning of bathing suit season might not have been such a hot idea. And that is why I took most of it to my in-laws’ house yesterday.

RECIPE

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
1 whole egg plus one yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped almonds

Cream butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and yolk, vanilla and almond. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture, then almonds. Turn into a lightly greased 9-inch square pan. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for about 25 minutes. (it took my oven almost 45 minutes.) Cool. Frost with butter icing. Cut into bars.

BUTTER FROSTING

2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup (I used maple syrup. I didn’t have corn syrup)
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk)

I also added some vanilla. It tastes better that way.

Blend ingredients.

TIP

Don’t pour the almond extract over the bowl you’re pouring it into. (I knew not to do that) Almond extract spilled all over, but it does taste good.

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