California Shortbread Bars

California Shortbread Bars

Created by Almond Board of California





1 cup (250 mL) butter

1 cup (250 mL) light brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated orange peel

1/4 tsp (1 mL) almond extract

2 cups (500 mL) flour

1 cup (250 mL) chopped natural almonds, toasted

1 package (12 oz, 360 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips


• Cream butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy. 

• Beat in egg yolk. Beat in vanilla extract, orange peel and almond extract. 

• Stir in flour and ½ cup (125 mL) almonds. Spread dough into well greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. 

• Bake at 350°F (180°C) degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

• Remove from oven; sprinkle top evenly with chocolate chips. 

• Return pan to oven for 30 seconds. Remove from oven and spread melted chocolate evenly over surface. Sprinkle with remaining ½ (125 mL) cup almonds. 

• Cool. Cut into bars to serve.

Nutritional analysis per bar.

Calories: 216

Fibre: 2 g

Fat: 14 g

Cholesterol: 28 mg

Sat Fat: 7.2 g

Sodium: 6 mg

Mono Fat: 5 g

Calcium: 25 mg

Poly Fat: 0.9 g

Magnesium: 32 mg

Protein: 3 g

Potassium: 115 mg

Carb: 23 g

Vitamin E: 1.4 mg*

* total alpha-tocopherol equivalents

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