Friday 3 April 2015

Chewy Almond Squares

Oh no! I've been infested with 'lazy bugs' lately.  Whenever I chance upon easy to bake recipes, it's like 'hitting the jackpot' ...

"Almond blondies! Chewy almond squares, easy to make, no need for a mixer."

"No need for a mixer for this recipe, all you need is a whisk and a strong spoon."

Woah ha ha ! see what I mean ....

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes
Below my slightly modified version as I had reduced the quantity of brown sugar and omitted whole almond for decoration.

Chewy Almond Squares
Yield: Makes 9 squares
112g unsalted butter, melted plus butter for greasing the pan
85g light brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon of almond extract
128g all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
50g toasted, blanched almonds, chopped

One 8x8-inch baking pan

1) Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan with butter. Toast blanched almonds if you have not already done so, and when cool, roughly chop them.

Some prepared ingredients 
2) In a mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until there are no more lumps of brown sugar. Whisk in the beaten egg and almond extract.

Toast almond at 170°C for about 5 - 8 minutes and roughly chopped 

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pinch of salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until smooth. Stir in the chopped almonds.

4) Pour into the prepared baking pan and smooth the surface.

5) Bake at 180ºC for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Quick & easy .... freshly baked. Well, here's our afternoon tea break with some freshly baked nutty chewy almond squares! 

Happy baking! Enjoy your weekend ^-^!


  1. Hi Karen,
    Yeah! You're fast going nuts... LoL
    I am with you, love this quick, easy and yummilicious almond square.
    Thanks for sharing to BRFE.

    1. Thanks Mui, yeah I like this "crazy nuts party" ! Ha ha!

  2. Hi Karen,
    I like anything with nut so does this yummilicious almond square.
    Can I have a piece?

  3. Hi Karen , love almonds and this is a must make .
    Pinning dear :)

  4. Such a lovely tea-time treat! Looks yummy!

  5. Hi Karen, we are all looking for easy recipes to do, preferably one bowl kind.;-)
    These almond squares look good and nicely cut.

    1. Agree ! I didn't want to wash too many utensils. ... hee ...hee!

  6. Karen, I like those easy recipes too! Lately no mood to bake :(

    Anyway, love your Chewy Almond Squares. Wish that you could bake for me hee..hee...

    1. Hee hee Phong Hong, wish we are neighbours. ...

    2. Hee hee Phong Hong, wish we are neighbours. ...

  7. 我最近也变得超懒惰,对烘焙、写部落格真的有点提不起劲咯。。。嘻嘻~

    1. You're welcome Irene. Hee.. hee .. I "makan" some of your yummy-licious Almond Banana Butter cake ^-^!

  8. We are going nuts this month!Welcome & enjoy with me & Doreen...hahahha
    Now let's have a piece of this square 1st haha

    1. Hee hee ... be my guest!
      "Nuts drive us crazy" ! Yeah! Anyway it's good to have more healthy almonds :D

  9. Hi Karen, these almond squares are nice healthy treats! I love simple recipes which do not require a mixer and only using hand to mix as this suits me best having a very busy schedule...

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Hee ... hee.. you busy but I lazy ...ha ha.
      But it suits us .. hassle free yet healthy treats to enjoy !

  10. Hi Karen, these sound like the perfect late afternoon treat, looks delicious!

    1. Yes indeed Cheri. My big kids liked it very much.


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