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Fudgy Almond Bars (VRP 090)

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Indulge in the richness of Fudgy Almond Bars, a confection that earns a five-star rating for its irresistible combination of flavors and textures. These bars feature a buttery crust, topped with a fudgy cocoa layer enriched with sweetened condensed milk and studded with toasted almonds. Perfect for dessert aficionados and almond lovers alike, this recipe is a testament to the magic of combining simple ingredients to create a sumptuous treat.

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Fudgy Almond Bars

A Short History:

The fusion of nuts and chocolate is a time-honored tradition in confectionery, celebrated for its delightful contrast and depth of flavor. The creation of fudgy bars adds a modern twist to this classic combination, leveraging the convenience of sweetened condensed milk to achieve a rich and creamy texture without the need for extensive preparation. This recipe epitomizes the evolution of home baking, where innovation meets tradition in the sweetest way possible.


  • 19th Century: The popularity of chocolate and nuts as a combination begins to take hold in Europe and America.
  • Early 20th Century: Sweetened condensed milk becomes a pantry staple, opening up new possibilities for dessert recipes.
  • Late 20th Century to Present: The advent of recipes like Fudgy Almond Bars showcases the ongoing creativity in home baking, with easy-to-follow recipes yielding decadent results.

Tips for the Perfect Fudgy Almond Bars:

  • Toasted Almonds: Toasting the almonds before adding them to the mixture brings out their nutty flavor and adds crunch.
  • Softened Margarine: Ensure the margarine or butter is softened for easy blending with the sugar and flour, creating a smooth and pliable base.
  • Baking the Crust: The crust should be lightly browned but not fully baked, as it will continue to cook once the cocoa layer is added.
  • Checking for Doneness: The center should be set but still slightly soft to touch, ensuring the bars remain fudgy after cooling.
  • Chilling: Chill the bars thoroughly before cutting to allow the layers to set, making them easier to slice.

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Fudgy Almond Bars Recipe

Fudgy Almond Bars are a delightful blend of textures and tastes, offering a chocolatey, nutty treat that’s both satisfying and simple to make. Whether you’re seeking a special dessert for a gathering or just a sweet treat to enjoy at home, this recipe delivers indulgence in every bite. Dive into the world of homemade confections with these exquisite bars, and discover why they deserve their five-star rating.

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Yield: Makes 24 to 36 bars.

Fudgy Almond Bars


  • ¾ cup plus ⅓ cup margarine or butter, softened
  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1½ cups unsifted flour
  • ½ cup Hershey's Cocoa
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1¼ cups almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In large mixer bowl, beat ¾ cup margarine and sugar until well blended.
  3. Add flour; mix well.
  4. Press on bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, over low heat, melt remaining ⅓ cup margarine; stir in cocoa.
  6. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients.
  7. Pour evenly over prepared crust.
  8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set.
  9. Cool.
  10. Chill thoroughly.
  11. Cut into bars.
  12. Store covered in refrigerator.

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