• 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 (8- to 12-ounce) container almond paste
  • 1/2 (12-ounce) container raspberry pie filling
  • Confectioners' sugar

One of my friends from work brought these bars in to work the other day. I made sure to get the recipe by the end of the day so I could make them too! I made a batch, I told her that I was going to freeze most of them so I didn’t eat them all. Well, they never made it in to the freezer. That’s a good sign, we finished them pretty quickly!

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add yolks and mix well. Add flour and nuts and mix until well incorporated.
  2. Divide dough in half. Wrap half in plastic and put in freezer while you make the base. Pat the remaining half of dough into a 11×7 inch pan with slightly dampened hands, if necessary. Spread almond paste over surface to within 1/4 inch of edges. Top with raspberry filling and spread in the same way.
  3. Remove dough from freezer and grate (with cheese grater) evenly over entire surface of filling. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown.
  4. Cut into squares while still warm but cool completely in pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and transfer bars to paper cups and a pretty serving tray or store tightly covered.
Recipe source: http://easteuropeanfood.about.com