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!Jump to Recipe
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 recipe. You know it’s tasty when you’re still thinking about it years later!!
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 I remember! (Although I think they’re even better when they’re cool – a little more chewy and the crackly top is set).
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.
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!
How do I know when these Almond Brownies are done?
I recommend setting your timer for 18 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.
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!
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 gaurantee they’ll be a hit!
- 1 c butter
- 4 eggs
- 2 c sugar
- 2 c flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp almond extract
- sliced almonds
- 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 18-20 minutes or until just lightly brown on top. Do not overbake.
- When cool, cut into squares and enjoy.