Almond Bars (a.k.a Desperation Cake)

5 30 179
Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
5 min 25 min 12
Almond Bars (a.k.a Desperation Cake)
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1/2 cup Butter, unsalted (softened)
1 cup Granulated sugar
1 large Egg
1 tsp Almond extract, McCormick
1 cup All-purpose white flour


Preheat oven to 375F. Line an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium sized bowl, mix butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and flour together with a fork.

Transfer the mixture to the greased baking pan and press down until mixture is flat and even.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Allow bars to cool slightly, pull the take bars out of pan and slice.



For nut lovers, you could add slivered almonds on the top of these bars prior to going into the oven. Simply add a layer of almonds and gently press them into the top of the bars.

To makes these bars more festive, you can add some sprinkles on the top of the bars prior to baking.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 179
Calories from fat 75
Calories from saturated fat 45
Total Fat 8.3 g
Saturated Fat 5.0 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Sodium 7.0 mg
Potassium 19.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Sugars 16.7 g
Protein 1.7 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.5

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