Dec 14, 2012

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Raspberry Almond Bars & Fisher Nuts Giveaway
Dec 14th 2012, 19:03


The other day I mentioned my Christmas baking marathon I had over the weekend.  I told you I like to keep things simple, like I did with the Peppermint Buttercream Cookies.  Next up on my list was this delicious and easy Raspberry Almond Bar Recipe. With all there is to do during the holidays, bar cookies are perfect! They go together quickly and one batch typically makes a lot.

Raspberry Almond Bars recipe at

Many of us go through a lot nuts when cooking and baking for the holidays………..some of us might even turn into nuts ourselves {waves hand}

This holiday season, Fisher® Nuts is partnering with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli to offer simple twists on traditional holiday recipes. An award-winning chef in New York, Alex is also a mom who enjoys creating simple, yet appealing recipes, that don't require a lot of prep or ingredients.

Alex shares some simple tips for cooking with nuts during the holidays so we can all create a chef-caliber dish at home.

  • Healthy Holiday Snack: Nuts add wonderful flavor and texture when mixed into recipes, but they can also be a healthy snack.  For example,  season nuts with a little cayenne and quickly roast them in a little olive or nut oil for a healthy holiday treat.
  • Simply Delicious Dessert: For a great addition to your holiday dessert table, melt some sugar in a pan until golden brown and stir in some nuts. Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet to cook and then break into pieces for a quick and simple nut brittle.
  • Top off a Side Dish: Parsley and basil are great flavors to finish many holiday dishes. Try chopping parsley with some Fisher almonds for added texture and taste.
  • Spruced-Up Spice Rub: For this year's holiday roast, try adding some ground nuts to the spice rub. The nuts can mellow some of the heat from the spice and add needed richness to the mix.

You can see all of Alex’s recipes here.

Fisher® Nuts asked if I would share one of my favorite way to cooks with nuts…….and you know me, I had to go with a dessert ;)

Raspberry Almond Bar recipe at

This bar cookie recipe is really easy, and works best with a food processor

You just process whole almonds with sugar until finally ground, then add the flour, butter and almond extract and process until mixture is crumbly.

Making Raspberry Almond Bars

Press 3/4 of the mixture  into a foil lined 9×13 pan, top with some raspberry jam, dot with remaining dough and sprinkle with sliced or slivered almonds.  Bake for about 25 minutes until jam is bubbling.  Cool completely and cut into squares!  How easy is that?! (full recipe below)


Fisher Nuts wants to help you create simple recipes in your kitchen by supplying one lucky TidyMom reader with a wonderful Fisher prize pack, valued at $70.

 Fisher Nuts Prize Pack Giveaway at
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Raspberry Almond Bars

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 36 cookie bars

Raspberry Almond Bars


  • 1½ cups whole almonds
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter chilled, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup raspberry jam, seedless
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line a 13x9 baking pan on bottom and 2 sides with aluminum foil, making sure that foil is smooth and overhangs top of pan by about 4 inches on each side. Lightly spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place almonds and sugar in food processor and process until nuts are finely ground. Add flour, butter and almond extract and process until mixture is crumbly and begins to form small clumps.
  3. Press about 3/4 of almond mixture into prepared pan. Spread jam on top, then dot with remaining dough.
  4. Bake until jam is bubbling and topping is golden, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Remove from pan by grasping overhanging foil and place on cutting board. Remove foil and cut into 36 squares


These cookie bar cookies freeze well. Wrap in plastic and freeze in airtight container.

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Disclosure: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's recipes using Fisher Nuts.  I was compensated for my time and provided a prize pack for myself and one to giveaway.   However, all opinions and views are entirely my own


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