scandinavian blondies on the first day of spring

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Scandinavian Blondies

4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon almond or lemon extract
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup sliced almonds (optional) (I used slivered because it was what I had)
Preheat the oven to 325.  Lightly grease a 9 by 13 pan.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs well, until light colored and thick.
Add the sugar and salt, continuing to beat until shiny and pale yellow.
Add the extract, melted butter, and 1 cup flour, mixing it in gently.
Mix in the remaining 1 cup flour.

Pour batter into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle with the nuts.
Bake the bars for 30 to 35 minutes, until the edges are pulling away from the sides of the pan and they’re a very light gold color.  Remove from the oven and cool before cutting into squares.

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As we waited for them to cool, we read a few library books…… DSC_1533

Then, we went into the kitchen to cut into the cookies.  They had baked nicely into a soft, cake like bar, and the smell of almond was like aromatherapy. DSC_1538 Unfortunately Sarah wasn’t partial to them. DSC_1543 But her Dad and I liked them very much.  (the other children are at school, so I don’t know what they think of them quite yet) DSC_1549 I especially liked the almonds on top.  Because they weren’t mixed into the batter they stayed nice and crisp, as a nutty nut should be. DSC_1554

DSC_1567 This recipe is from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook, page 191. (doubled) ******

Happy first day of Spring!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

Snow is in the forecast!

8 thoughts on “scandinavian blondies on the first day of spring

  1. We are having snow today. Looking forward to some real spring weather soon. Those bars look yummy. Wondering if I could substitute GF flour and have them be just as good. Hmmm….
    Happy Weekend to you! ❤

  2. I love anything with almonds! Looks yummy to me.That is one enormous electric mixer/beater! I’m impressed. I’m not sure it would even fit on my tiny kitchen bench space! It would be wasted on me though as I am not a very good baker. You need something big like that with a large family. Lots of gorgeous photos, Shanda. Happy spring. 🙂 Yesterday it was about 38C (100.4F) here again! It’s supposed to be late autumn. Looks like summer is not finished with us quite yet. The weather seems a little confused in many places around the world. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Love all the pictures in this post. We made blondies {with chocolate chips} because we were out of cocoa powder! Ha! I am going to have to try the recipe you posted. Your look really, really good!

  4. I should have said we meant to make brownies and ended making blondies because we had no cocoa powder…I wrote the comment above while I had children talking to me. Priorities! 😉

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