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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Italian Almond Squares

Quick, easy, delicious and great if one needs a Plan B if the first recipe bombs.


Yield: 16 squares.
3/4 cups of butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup of SLICED almonds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter. Pour melted butter in a bowl and stir in sugar. Add eggs . Beat mixture at moderate speed with hand mixer, until creamy (about 4 minutes). Add all other ingredients (but not the topping ingredients). Grease bottom and sides of eight-inch square pan. Spread the batter in the pan. Sprinkle the almonds over the top and sprinkle the sugar over the almonds. Bake for about 40 mins, until cake starts to pull away lightly from pan edges.
These were a rave at work, one of the most popular desserts I have made.