One of the most traditional events during the holidays is a cookie exchange. If you’ve never been lucky enough to take part in one, you don’t know what you’re missing! What you do is arrange a get-together with your friends or family and everyone shows up with enough homemade cookies, brownies or other treats for the whole group. Then, everyone takes a few (or more than a few) of each variety, leaving at the end of the evening with an amazing assortment of goodies. Basically, it’s bring one, bring home A LOT.

I am invited to a cookie exchange coming up at a friend’s house. I want to make something a little bit different than the usual sugar or gingerbread cookies, so I’m bringing these Holiday Almond Bars. They’re soft like a cookie on the bottom with a crunchy almond topping and no refined sugar, making them a refreshing change from the sweets you’re used to this time of year.

Perfect to give as a gift for your little one’s teacher, as a unique surprise for a cookie party or just as a treat to share with you kids, these bars are a special treat that may just become a new holiday baking tradition for you!


Holiday Almond Bars

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 Tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup honey or agave
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds, sliced thin
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tsp water


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place flour, salt and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • In another bowl, whisk together egg, honey, butter and vanilla.
  • Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and stir.
  • Place batter into a 7×11 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl combine 1 tbsp of honey with 1 tsp of water to loosen the honey, and toss with the almonds.
  • Sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter to cover.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Cool, cut into bars and serve.


Sodium: 30mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Calories: 110kcal | Fat: 6g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 13g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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  2. Just did this few days ago and they were a big hit with everyone! As someone suggested here, I added chocolate chips to half the batter and is really good !! Great recipe! Thanks,

  3. I added 1/2 tsp. almond extract and 1/2 tsp. vanilla to replace the 1 tsp. vanilla. Added a more almond flavor. Really rich “cookie” but delicious. Thanks Catherine!

  4. I used Almond flour in place of the regular flour and they turned out delicious! He’s together fine and were a big gluten free hit!

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