Summer is here. Bake something summery :)

May 14, 2011

Strawberry Almond Cookie Bars

Do you like summer? I bet you do :) Summer is a wonderful season - in my opinion it's the best time of the year. All great kinds of fruit, flowers and vegetable are getting ripe and taste the best in this time. Of course, for the real summer we have to wait for a few more days (or maybe weeks), but in the end the real summer begins and brings all these delicious berries - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc. and the list goes on and on and probably it wouldn't even get to the end :D So while we're waiting for the summer to arrive in its most powerful form, we can prepare something a bit summer-y yet warming and rich. I got a lot of inspiration on this fantastic blog by Michele.

It took me ages to make the bars. I saw the recipe there back in Ferbruary and immediately fell in love with it. Michele used raspberries, but I didn't have them on hand and was about to wait for fresh ones. However, I just couldn't wait any more and had to make them. I decided to use strawberries instead and tweaked the measures to fit into a bigger baking pan. I also lowered the amount of sugar as it seemed to be too sweet for our taste buds and it was just okay :)

These cookie bars are really rich, but incredibly tasty. The definition of cookie bars is: they consist of dough/batter or other ingredients that are poured or pressed into a pan (sometimes in multiple layers), and cut into cookie-sized pieces after baking. (That's what Wiki says :D). I cut these into small squares (aprox. 4x4cm) and I just had to eat one after another. Even my mom who isn't very fond of sweets and cookies kept coming back for more which I consider a big success!

By the way, the bars aren't time consuming at all. I tend to be very slow in the kitchen and even I managed to finish the preparation within 1 hour (baking and washing up included) so I think you'll be done in less than 45 minutes. If you are craving for something sweet, small and tasty, don't hesitate and try them out :)

100g (13 tbsp) all-purpose flour
70g (3/4 cup) quick oats
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
85g (3/4 cup) almonds, coarsely chopped
170g (3/4 cup) butter, softened
300g (1-1/2 cups) packed brown sugar
1-1/2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp bitter almond extract
100g (less than 1 cup) strawberries, quartered

Line a square baking pan (25x25cm) with parchment paper. Combine flour, quick oats, baking powder, salt and chopped almonds in a medium bowl. Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy (aprox. 2-3 minutes). Add eggs and almond extract and mix to incorporate. Mix in the flour mixture until JUST incorporated. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared baking pan (the dough will be sticky). Gently lay quartered strawberries evenly over the first cookie layer, then drop the rest of the dough by spoon fulls over the strawberry layer. Bake in preheated oven to 175C for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes in pan, then gently pull them out with the parchment paper and let them completely cool on a rack. Then cut into small squares (aprox. 4x4cm) and eat.
  • You can use either fresh or frozen strawberries. If using frozen, let them thaw and then drain.
    I'm so glad I finally managed to make these! They truly are exquisite. Maybe next time I'll try them with other berries - redcurrants or blackberries could be divine, too :) I'd describe these as soft, moist and chewy inside and slightly crispy outside - they have a very thin crunchy crust and when you bite into them it's just pure luxury. The almond pieces provide perfect crunch to the moist and chewy base which has great oat-y flavour and thanks to the bitter almond extract it reminds me marzipan a little bit :D I know there still is a lot of sugar, but these are cookie bars which are supposed to be eaten in small pieces just like regular cookies. Anyway, I ate like 8 or 9 in one sitting without being over sweeten. As I've written above, even my mom loved them :) Plus they're easy & fast, what else would you want?

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    1. Those golden crunchy bits look really really amazing

    2. This looks absolutely divine. I am definitely going to make these, thanks for the recipe.
      Oh and by the way, I love the look of your blog and recipes. Very pretty.

    3. i love the photos: they really convey the sense of what the texture of the cookie bars.

    4. I'm glad you tried these out! This strawberry version sounds just as wonderful! Nice pictures too.

    5. I've never had these, but they look incredibly yummy! Great job :)

    6. It's my day for a blog hop, I'd love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day :)

    7. Three-Cookies: Thank you :)

      Karin: Thank you a lot! Let me know when you try them out :)

      Simona: Thank you!

      Michele: Thank you :) I'm really happy that I found your blog and tried these bars because they're amazing!

      Cooking Gallery: Thank you, I bet you'd love them, too :)

      Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg: Thank you for inviting me. I'm gonna join for sure!

    8. woooooooooow, those look good! i think i'd do a combo of raspberries and blackberries but, no matter what, looks like it can't miss! thanks for sharing! an awesome post, as per usual. loves it :)

    9. I love fruit bars. These look gorgeous!

    10. Meaghan Luby: Thank you a lot :) I'm really happy you like it :) Raspberries and blackberries do sound pretty good! If you try it, let me know how you like it :))

      Beth: Thank you :))

    11. These bars sound wonderful. I love strawberries and almonds. They look delicious!

    12. These have been on my to-bake list for a while. Can't wait for a chance to actually make them.:)

    13. Katie @ This Chick Cooks: Thank you, strawberries and almonds are my favourite combination, too :)

      Bundle Wade: To me it took about 3 months to finally make them :D I think you won't be disappointed with these, they're really good. Let me know how you like them then :))

    14. I just found your blog and I'm soooo glad I did! What wonderful recipes you have...Can't wait to try this one in particular...and I'm eyeing the pancakes too! I'm your newest follower!

    15. I am sooo late here but so SORRY , have not really been around !
      First of all wanted to thankk u ton lods for ur sweetest thoughts and words on my blog , im still flying :-))))))
      And grinning!

      These bars sound reallyy summery and in an excellente way i must add!
      Oh though we dont find that muc of berries yeah , it sounds sooo exciting!
      I loveee bars and am sure would love this one too!
      The strawberries added in make it sound even better!

    16. Beth - SliceofSouthern: Thank you so much - I'm so happy you like my blog and recipes! Keep me updated about how it goes with the bars and I hope you'll try the pancakes - they taste soo good :) Thank you for following me :)

      ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥: There's no need to be sorry :) I'm pretty busy now, too, so I don't have much time either :D You're totally welcome - I just love your blog :)) Thank you for your lovely words - they mean so much to me!!


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