Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Almond Bars with a White Chocolate Drizzle

Almond is one of my favorite flavors and these bars are amazing! I like to add dried blueberries, mango or cherries to make these bars more festive and colorful~ try adding your favorite dried fruit! xo

1 C Butter
3/4 C Sugar
2 Egg
1/2 C Almond Paste or almond pastry filling, grated
1 t Almond Extract
2 1/2 C Flour
1 C Dried Fruit Such as Blueberries, Cherries, Mango, etc
2/3 C Sliced Almonds
1 Egg White
1/2 C White Chocolate, Melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, beating until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg, almond paste, and extract, beat until well blended. Stir in flour and dried fruit if adding. Spread mixture in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Beat egg white (at room temperature) until foamy; brush over entire surface of dough, and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cooled bars. Allow the white chocolate to set. Slice into squares and then on the diagonal, if desired.

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