Layered Almond Shortbread Bars

If you're into the flavor of marzipan, then you'll like these layered almond shortbread bars. #raspberry #almond #shortbread #barcookies

i haven’t been into blogging recently. there have been times where my post is ready to go 6 days in advance and i’ve marketed like crazy and i’ve dreamed up so many ideas and goals and wishes. now isn’t one of those times. i’m so focused on life outside the blog (did i mention that i’m graduating in 9 weeks? wow), saturating myself in these people and this place and the luxury of time and sleep and spontaneity. i went out of state this past weekend to be a typical college student, and am popping in real quick to update these layered almond shortbread bars, originally posted in august 2014.

and while i’m feeling unmotivated about all the behind the blogging scenes things at the moment, i’m still feeling these bars. (and tbh, i’m always here for the food. except maybe right after partaking in all you can eat korean bbq).

crumbly, butter shortbread, topped with tangy, seedy jam, and creamy, marizpan-y filling? yes, PLEASE.

if you’re looking at this recipe, chances are, you’re into almond-y baked goods, too. so how about a batch of these toasted almond thumbprint cookies, or some almond cherry bostock?

Creamy almond filling, tangy raspberry jam and crumbly shortbread make for some really delicious layered almond shortbread bars. #raspberry #almond #shortbread #barcookies

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If you're into the flavor of marzipan, then you'll like these layered almond shortbread bars. #raspberry #almond #shortbread #barcookies
Layered Almond Shortbread Bars
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
These layered almond shortbread bars have buttery, crumbly shortbread, an almond paste filling, and any jam you want (I like sweet/tart raspberry).
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almonds, bars, cookies, dried fruit, jam, nuts, raspberry, shortbread cookies
Servings: 24 people
Calories: 238 kcal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted cold butter cut into 1/2 tablespoon portions
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Almond Filling
  • 10 ounces almond paste
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter. Mix in the yolks and vanilla until combined. The dough should clump together when squeezed.
  2. Pat into a greased 11 x 15" pan. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes until set and cream colored. Cool.
Almond Filling
  1. Place the almond paste in a medium bowl. Add the sugar in a steady stream and mix until crumbly and combined. Mix in the butter until combined. Add the eggs 1 at a time and beat well after each. Mix in the vanilla.
  1. Spread the jam over the crust. Spread the filling over the jam. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until almond filling looks set and is just firm.
Recipe Notes

From Baking for All Occasions by Flo Braker.

If you're looking for a special occasion bar cookie, these layered almond shortbread bars are perfect. #raspberry #almond #shortbread #barcookies

3 Replies to “Layered Almond Shortbread Bars”

  1. Mmmm those look delicious! I love anything with an almond/frangipane filling! And yes, I have blog posts that I’ve sat on for so long that the words aren’t even relevant anymore!! HAH!

    1. haha sameeeee. usually i’ll nail down the recipe way in advance and then just write on the fly (because otherwise what i would have written last april would be weird on the post lol).

  2. Nice recipe! I like reading your blog.5 stars

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