Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Scandinavian Almond Bars

This recipe came from Bette Hagman's "The Gluten Free Gourment Makes Dessert". I was looking for something different, something pretty I could take to parties for the holidays and something no one would know is gluten free. I definately found it!

Scandinavian Almond Bars
1 3/4 c. featherlight mix (see note)
1 scant teaspoon xanthan gum
2 T. almond meal
1/2 c. margarine or butter
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
Milk for brushing
1/2 c. coarsely chopped sliced almonds

1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. almond flavoring
1 T. milk (or enough to make drizzling consistency)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, and almond meal. Set aside.
In the bowl of your mixer, beat margarine and sugar until blended. Add the baking powder and salt and beat again. Add the egg and almond flavoring, beating until well combined. Beat in the dry ingredients. Divide dough into 4 parts, forming rolls about 10 inches long with each, placing them on 2 ungreased cookie sheets and flattening to about 2 1/2 inches wide.

Brush the dough with milk and sprinkle with the chopped almonds. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. While the cookies are still warm, cut diagonally into 1 inch strips. Cool and drizzle the almond icing in thin threads across the cookies. Makes 40 cookies.

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