Merry Christmas to everyone! However you spend your holiday, I hope it is a time surrounded with those that you love. Today marks the final post in my “Twelve Days of Christmas” series. Cooking 12 different types of Christmas desserts has definitely kept me occupied during the month of December. Sometimes I wasn’t sure what Christmas-related story I wanted to share with you on a given day—let alone know what dessert I was going to try baking. By now you know all about my favorite Christmas songs, movies, and family traditions.
So without further ado, I present to you these Mocha Almond Bars for the twelfth day of Christmas. Coffee gives these bars a unique flavor, and the almonds add a little extra crunch. I brought these to my work holiday party because they were a snap to bake and they were easily transportable.
Day Twelve: Mocha Almond Bars
Adapted from Land O’Lakes
Ingredients for Bars
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 cup sliced almonds
Ingredients for Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine all bar ingredients except almonds in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in almonds by hand. Press dough onto bottom of greased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar and almond extract in small bowl. Gradually add enough milk for desired glazing consistency. Drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Heather’s Helpful Hints
If you’re like me, you’ll find that often you don’t have the exact size pan that a recipe calls for. Generally that’s not a problem. However, you do need to remember that you will need to adjust your baking time in order for the texture of the bars to not be affected. So if you’re using a different pan size, it’s a good idea to check on your bars a little before the cooking time on the recipe.