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These Almond Brownies are soft, buttery and oh so delicious! Made in just one bowl, these are quick to make and are perfect for an after school snack, bake sale, or easy dessert!

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Two almond brownies stacked on each other; a bite out of the top brownie.

A few years back, my coworker Mary had brought these Almond Brownies (also known as Scandinavian or Swedish Brownies) into the office. Now, typically when it comes to dessert, I can’t resist chocolate. Chocolate cake, brownies, scotcheroos….you get it. But for some reason that day, among all the other desserts, I decided to give these Almond Brownies a try.

I remember thinking they were simply amazing. How amazing? So good that I emailed her four years later asking (begging) her for the original recipe. You know it’s tasty when you’re still thinking about it years later!!

Close-up of an almond brownie on a spatula.

I whipped up this recipe, crossing my fingers it would be as good as I remembered it. I let them cool and cut a piece…just kidding, I don’t have the much patience. Immediately when they came out of the oven, I grabbed a piece and was SO glad they were as delicious as the first time I tried them! And I was also pumped that it was such an easy recipe to make!

I think what I love the most about these Almond Brownies is the texture. The flavor is really, really good, but the texture is what hooked me. The brownie is moist and buttery and the crackly sugar/almond top coat brings the slightest crunch.

Ingredients needed to make a pan of almond brownies.

8 Simple Ingredients Needed

  • Butter – I use salted, but you can also use unsalted butter and add an extra 1/4 teaspoon salt to the batter.
  • Eggs – Large eggs are what I use.
  • Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Almond Extract – 1 tablespoon sounds like a lot, but it’s just right!
  • Sliced Almonds

How to Make Almond Brownies (aka Scandinavian Brownies)

First, you’ll want to preheat your oven and prepare a pan by either using cooking spray or lining the pan with parchment paper.

Next, you’ll melt the butter (microwave or stovetop is fine) and then let it come to room temperature.

Whisking eggs and sugar together.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. You can use a stand mixer, an electric mixer or a wooden spoon to mix together until foamy.

Then, you’ll add the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

An electric mixer stirring melted butter into a batter.

Lastly, the butter and almond extract is added. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl to make sure all of the ingredients at the bottom of the bowl are incorporated.

Pouring Almond Brownie batter into a 9x13" pan.

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and then sprinkle with sliced almonds and additional sugar.

Almond brownies ready to go into the oven.

Put into the preheated oven and bake until the edges are a light golden brown and the center of the pan is set. I do recommend letting the brownies cool for a little bit before diving in…if you can wait!! 🙂

Are Almond Brownies easy to make?

They’re SO very easy to make! Call me lazy (or efficient!), but I love recipes that have just one mixing bowl and this recipe is one of them. In your mixing bowl (stand mixer or bowl with hand mixer), you’ll combine the eggs and sugar. Then, you’ll add in the dry ingredients. Lastly, you’ll stir in the melted butter and almond extract and pour into the prepared pan.

Next, you’ll sprinkle the top with sliced almonds and sugar and bake! It takes just 18-20 minutes for these to bake, so they’re done pretty darn quick. If you’re patient (unlike myself ;)), let the brownies cool before cutting into pieces and devouring!

Pan of Almond Brownies.

How to Store Leftover Brownies

Just like any traditional brownie recipe, you’ll want to store these Almond Brownies in an airtight container. You can also freeze them to enjoy later!

How do I know when these Almond Brownies are done?

I recommend setting your timer for 25 minutes and checking them then. If the outer edge and the top of the brownies are becoming every so slightly golden brown, they’re ready to come out of the oven. If they don’t seem quite ready, continue to bake in 1-2 minute increments until they’re done.

You definitely do not want to over bake these. When you over bake (anything really), the moisture continues to be drawn out of the brownies and takes away from the moist, dense, amazing texture.

two Almond Brownies stacked on each other on a wooden board.

A few of my other favorite quick dessert bars include…

Oh Henry Bars – Oh Henry Bars are a quick dessert with a buttery oatmeal base and topped with a combo of chocolate and peanut butter.  These easy bars are the perfect addition to any bake sale, luncheon, potluck or family gathering – yum!

Best Fudgy Brownies – These easy homemade brownies are perfect for satisfying that chocolate craving! They use unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chunks, making them super rich and delicious – the best brownies!

Raspberry Bars – These bars have a rich, buttery crust, a flavorful raspberry filling and a drizzle of icing on top! They’re easy to put together and hard to resist!

Best Ever Scotcheroos – If you live in the Midwest, chances are you’ve had a “scotcheroo” a time or two….and if you haven’t, ohhhhh let me tell you – you’re in for a real treat!!  Rich chocolate and butterscotch covers the creamy, crispy, peanut-buttery base layer and it’s good.  Like reeaaaaaal good. 

……But before you go searching for other dessert bars, give these Almond Brownies a serious consideration….I can almost guarantee they’ll be a hit!

Almond Brownies
4.77 from 13 votes

Almond Brownies

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
24
Look out chocolate brownies, there's a new kid in town! Say hello to these soft almond brownies that will have everyone coming back for more……well, as long as there's some left!

Equipment

  • One 9×13-inch pan

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • sliced almonds
  • sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave; let cool slightly.
  • In a mixer, beat the eggs and the sugar. Add the flour, salt and baking powder. Then slowly add in the melted butter and almond extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl down and stir once more.
  • Pour into the prepared 9×13 pan.
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds and sugar. I use about 2 tablespoons each.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until just lightly brown on top. Do not overbake.
  • When cool, cut into squares and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2.26g | Fat: 8.63g | Saturated Fat: 4.88g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.57g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.69g | Cholesterol: 46.87mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.39g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 266.67IU | Calcium: 13.26mg | Iron: 0.3mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Recipe originally posted in 2019; photos added and baking time updated in 2023.

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36 Comments

  1. Kathleen Mickney says:

    5 stars
    So buttery and delicious!! These are a nice alternative to chocolate brownies. These almond brownies will be on rotation!

  2. can you use almound flour instead of regular flour

    1. Hi Erika – I haven’t tried that so I’m not sure. If you do, let me know how it turns out!! 🙂 ~Kelsey

      1. I have had good luck swapping in almond flour for a third of the regular flour without changing the consistency of the bake. So I would try 1 and 1/3 of AP flour and 2/3 of almond flour. Hope you like it!

  3. 5 stars
    Awesome flavor and a crowd pleaser

  4. 5 stars
    Easy recipe and absolutely delicious! Always asked for the recipe when I bring anywhere to share!