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Almond Bars I Recipe

Almond Bars I

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"These bars taste wonderful and are very colorful on your plate of goodies for the holidays. Try them and your guests will rave over them. Don't be surprised if they ask you for the recipe."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg yolks and butter. Work into the dry ingredients with your hands until well blended. Press dough into an unprepared 9x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. When the crust cools a little bit, spread with the jam or jelly, and set aside.
  4. In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites until they reach soft peaks. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, then the almond extract. Continue to whip until the whites hold stiff peaks and sugar is dissolved. Fold in the coconut and spread the mixture over the jam layer. Sprinkle the almonds over the top, and return to the oven.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 more minutes until the top is lightly browned. Cool slightly and cut into bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Very delicious and everyone wants the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 20, 2008

I was looking for a recipe that my mom used to make during our childhood, that sounded very much like this one, with the almonds, jam and meringue layer. I was so looking forward to making it, but unfortunately, it was not that good. Does not taste much like almonds, the crust was wayy to thick for one tray, I had to divide it into an 8X8 pyrex pan and a pie plate. Did the same with the meringue filling, because when it's too thick, it stays creamy inside, and often could taste very eggy. I made sure the meringue dried out in the oven, to make sure no eggy taste is left in it. Anyway, I am so sorry to say, it was not a hit in my family. My dad and husband thought they tasted good, but all other members of the family didn't care for it. I often make meringue cookies, but this tastes nothing like them. Sorry :(


13 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

These came out wonderful and even my 13 year old son thought they were easy to make (never too young to teach males how to cook!)

Jan 25, 2004

These bars are very unusual, but very good. I used walnuts since I didn't have almonds, but the nuts aren't the key ingredient, as the name suggests. The jelly you choose is probably going to be the most pronounced flavor, so pick something you really like! I used seeless red raspberry, and that seemed to go well with the coconut flavor. Very unique!

Jan 25, 2004

go easy on the almond, or it's blinding

Jan 25, 2004

Yummy! Everybody loved them at the party!!

Jan 25, 2004

very rich and yummy! I doubled the recipe and baked in a 15X10. I used seedless red raspberry jam. Thanks Carol! Sorry I just realized I rated the wrong recipe! I have not tried this I should have rated berry almond bars. I will try this one soon though. Sorry for the confusion!

Oct 20, 2014

This was an excellent recipe but I do have one caveat. I doubled the recipe with great results, trying to plan ahead for my sons' school lunches .... alas, it did not occur to me that meringue toppings don't freeze very well!


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  • Calories
  • 316 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.1 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 155 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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