One of the most traditional events during the holidays is a cookie exchange. If you’ve never been lucky enough to take part in one, you don’t know what you’re missing! What you do is arrange a get-together with your friends or family and everyone shows up with enough homemade cookies, brownies or other treats for the whole group. Then, everyone takes a few (or more than a few) of each variety, leaving at the end of the evening with an amazing assortment of goodies. Basically, it’s bring one, bring home A LOT.
I am invited to a cookie exchange coming up at a friend’s house. I want to make something a little bit different than the usual sugar or gingerbread cookies, so I’m bringing these Holiday Almond Bars. They’re soft like a cookie on the bottom with a crunchy almond topping and no refined sugar, making them a refreshing change from the sweets you’re used to this time of year.
Perfect to give as a gift for your little one’s teacher, as a unique surprise for a cookie party or just as a treat to share with you kids, these bars are a special treat that may just become a new holiday baking tradition for you!
Holiday Almond Bars
- 1 1/4 Cup flour
- 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 Tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/2 Cup honey or agave
- 1/2 Cup butter, melted
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Cup Raw Almonds, sliced thin
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tsp water
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Place flour, salt and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine.
- In another bowl, whisk together egg, honey, butter and vanilla.
- Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and stir.
- Place batter into a 7×11 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine 1 tbsp of honey with 1 tsp of water to loosen the honey, and toss with the almonds.
- Sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter to cover.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Cool, cut into bars and serve.