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Award Winning Almond Dessert Bars

These unbelievably delicious almond dessert bars are so good, they won 1st place at a local baking contest. The baker of these bars was kind enough to share the recipe with us. 

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Almond Dessert Bars

It’s awesome to be back in the rhythm of routine on our stomping grounds of Minneapolis. After an epic trip to Berlin+ 3 long flights back home, I’m almost over the jet lag. I’m happily back at my local coffee shop with laptop, armed with hot decaf and nuts that I can’t stop eating.

Talk about eating. These Award Winning Almond Dessert Bars are no joke. These custardy, shortbready, almondy bars were entered into a local bake-off contest and won 1st place.

There were a lot of taste-testers judging these bars among tables full of delicious baked goods. I personally had a [couple] plates full of like 75 treats to taste-test. Don’t feel sorry for me.

It’s no surprise these Almond Dessert Bars took home the prize. Lucky for me, I took home the recipe. Special thanks to Jim Schmidt, who was kind enough to let me share his recipe with y’all…he’s not only a fab baker, he’s got major skills behind the camera as well. Go check out his photography and then come back for the recipe…

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How to Make Almond Dessert Bars:

There are 3 basic layers to these delicious almond dessert bars: crust, filling, and frosting.

The crust is essentially a simple 3-ingredient shortbread. Butter, flour, and sugar are combined and pressed into a 9×13 pan. Bake until it transforms into a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust. It’s insanely delish. So happy it’s the thickest layer.

The filling is a 4-ingredient combination of eggs, cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract. It is SO SO GOOD. After a bit of baking, the filling becomes an irresistible creamy almond-flavored custard.

The frosting is a simple combo of sugar, butter, milk, and almond extract. No baking needed here; just frost and chill. If you haven’t tried almond infused frosting…OMG. It’s time.

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Why We love Almond Dessert Bars:

  • They’re a triple threat of YUM, with 3 delicious AND easy layers
  • Thick buttery shortbread crust
  • Creamy custardy center
  • Easy almond infused frosting
  • Perfect for all the parties, get togethers, and bake-offs 😉

Enjoy – it’s officially baking season!

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Award Winning Almond Dessert Bars

5 from 5 reviews

These unbelievably delicious almond dessert bars are so good, they won a 1st place at a local baking contest. The baker of these bars was kind enough to share the recipe with us. 

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16-20 1x


  • For the Crust:
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened to room temp
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • For Filling:
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 (8oz) package regular cream cheese, fully softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • For Frosting:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened to room temp
  • 1 1/2 TB milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • Garnish: Almond slices or slivers


  1. Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  2. Make the Crust: In a large bowl, combine the butter and powdered sugar; using electric (or stand) mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together on medium high speed until light and fluffy, 3-4min. Gently add flour and mix on low speed just until combined. Mixture will be crumbly, so use hands to form a dough ball. Press evenly into prepared glass pan to form bottom crust (I use bottom of a flat glass cup to press down evenly.) Bake 18 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Remove from oven, but leave oven on.
  3. While the crust is baking, make Filling: In a large bowl, combine eggs, very-soft cream cheese, and sugar. Whisk together until creamy and no lumps remain (it really helps if your cream cheese is quite soft to start with.) Add almond extract and mix to combine. Evenly pour the filling over crust, using rubber spatula to scrape all filling. Bake 15-20 min or until set. Let dessert cool completely on wire rack.
  4. Frost the Bars: In a bowl, combine all frosting ingredients. Whisk until smooth and no more lumps. Evenly frost over cooled dessert bars (be sure bars have cooled completely before frosting.) Cover, chill, and serve with almond slices on top.


This Almond Dessert Bars recipe can be made a day ahead of time. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Plan for the cooling time needed before frosting.

Dessert is easiest to slice if you take it out of the fridge 30 min before serving.

  • Author: Chew Out Loud, adapted from friend Jim Schmidt
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dessert, treats, bars, almond, shortbread, custard, frosting, vegetarian

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    • Katie E

    I’m coming back on here to change my review! Initially I rated this recipe lower as it wasn’t a fave right upon making it BUT we discovered, once it chilled overnight, that was a game changer! So if you like almond, this is worth it 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Super happy you came back for this recipe again – awesome!! 🙂 🙂

    • Mary T

    Have you tried freezing these?

      • chewoutloud

      Mary, I’ve been told they freeze well. I’d wrap them airtight before freezing and use within 1-2 weeks. Enjoy and happy baking! 🙂

    • Mary

    I made these a few times and everyone who eats them raves about them! Thanks for the recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      So great to hear you all love this recipe, Mary!! Makes me so happy! Thanks for coming back to let us know 🙂 🙂

    • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    These almond dessert bars look really tasty. I would love to try making these.

      • chewoutloud

      They’re soooo good 🙂

    • Travis Gwynn

    Does anyone know the calories for this dessert?
    My wife made it and it is good by the way

    • Mary

    These were great!! Couldn’t stop eating them and others I served them to loved them as well! Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      That’s awesome, Mary! So happy you guys liked this

    • Mary

    Wow! Wish someone who made these would comment on them not just those looking at the photos.

    • Erin | white plate blank slate

    I love love love almond! Will definitely have to try these soon.

    • jessica |amongblu

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • The Delicious Spoon

    Love that these have a short bread crust. Shortbread is one of my favourite things in the world!

    • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    These look yummy, I would love to make some of these.

    • Ekenechukwu

    They look really delicious.

    I have been looking for a good snacks for my party.

    I guess I have seen it here and recipe is so simple

    • Megan

    These look terrific! I normally don’t work with almond but I’d absolutely love to try making these.

    • Ellie Plummer

    I am a huge fan of almond flavours so I would love to try these out, they sound delicious.

    • A Side of Crunchy (@asideofcrunchy)

    This has come across my feed so many times that i need to try it. Today is as good as any day.

    • Lisa Rios

    These look amazing. Almonds are my favorite garnish for desserts.

    • Catherine

    I just saved these to make! They look outstanding! I am not surprised they are award winning…cannot wait to try!

    • Jess

    These look awesome! I will have to try them soon- my youngest daughter is on an elimination diet and we’re going to try re-introducing almonds soon!

    • Carmen Edwards

    This looks so easy to make. I can’t wait to try.

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