Another Betty Crocker recipe using a sugar cookie mix (which were on sale last week at Smiths and with a coupon, they were about $1, bargain!). If you like almonds, you’ll love these bars. The almond paste is a bit pricey but there are recipes on the internet for making your own which I will probably try the next time I make these.
1 pouch (1 lb, 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 (8 oz) can or 1 (7 oz) package almond paste, crumbled into 1/2″ pieces (you can find this in the baking aisle of the grocery store but don’t use the 12 – 13 oz canned pastry filling which is a different product)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 oz white chocolate baking bar, coarsely chopped (1/3 cup) (the recipe says to use the baking bars in the baking aisle and not almond bark which won’t work as well or taste as good)
2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread in ungreased 13 x 9″ pan. Bake 15 – 18 minutes or until light golden brown.
2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat almond paste, sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Add 2 eggs and beat until well blended (mixture may be slightly lumpy).
3 Spread almond paste mixture over partially baked base. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup almonds. Bake 15 – 20 minutes longer or until filling is set (filling will puff up during baking). Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4 In small saucepan, melt white chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. (Or microwave chocolate and shortening 1 – 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.) Pour and spread over cooled bars. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup almonds. Let stand 30 minutes or until topping is set. Store covered at room temperature.