Two words: Almond, Dutch.
Almond Bars baby! Not just any Almond Bars, my Grandma Den Beste’s Almond Bars. If ya can’t tell by the last name, my Grandma is Dutch – 100% Dutch. My mom is 100% Dutch so the whole Dutch thing runs in the family. My Grandparents were farmers and lived in Sibley Iowa. I lost my Grandpa at 91 years old and my Grandma is still kickin’ at 95. They lived a simple yet fulfilling life, worked hard, believed in God, and ate well. They never and I mean never, skipped out on sweets or coffee. Gee…I wonder why I drink coffee every morning and named my blog Stuck On Sweet?
So, if you’re Dutch that means you have to like sweets and anything almond. Oh! And you have to like tulips! It’s just part of the deal. Kind of like Italian’s and red wine. Ya get it? I served an entire almond wedding cake at my wedding – I didn’t have any other flavors. Need I say more?
My Grandma is 95 years old and until two weeks ago, I didn’t have any of her recipes. As a Dutch woman, living on a farm in a small town in Iowa, with two kiddos and hungry farmer husband, she learned how to cook and bake. And let me tell you, she learned well. Not only did she learn how to become a wonderful cook/baker, she developed a passion for it. She truly loved making a meal for her family and indulging a little too.
Most of my memories from visiting my Grandparents are around the dinner table, eating sloppy joe’s, potato salad, and whatever delicious baked goods my Grandma decided to make for us. We would listen to my Grandpa tell stories and would ask him to say swear words in Dutch…which he happily did and then smile - we would giggle. hehehe.
That’s the good stuff my friends.
I’m not going to say much about the Almond Bars. I think they speak for themselves – I know they’re pretty tasty because I ate them. They’re sweet, almondy, and slightly tart. They remind me of her and that’s what’s most important about them. <3
These Almond Bars are for you Grandma Den Beste. Thank you for the amazing recipe!
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- 2 cups all-purpose Flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons imitation almond extract
- ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-3 teaspoons water (as needed)
- ½ teaspoon almond flour (I just used all-purpose flour)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
- With a hand-held mixer or a stand-alone mixer, beat butter until creamy. On low, speed add flour and powdered sugar a little a time until dough resembles crumbs. Turn mixer on medium-high speed and mix until dough comes together. Press dough into pan and bake for 18 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, prepare the filling by beating the eggs in a large bowl. Add almond extracts, baking powder, flour and whisk. Pour over crust and bake for 25 minutes. Let bars cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of water as necessary. Spread frosting over cooled bars.