Preheat oven to 170c fan. Grease and line a 10.5 inch (27cm) x 7 inch (17.5cm) x 1 tray bake tin or similar with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Please note. If you use a tin with a different size, the baking times may differ.
Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until soft, light and fluffy. This will only take a couple of mins.
Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add the Almond Extract, oats, apricots ground almonds and flaked almonds. Mix together until well combined and forms a dough. This will only take a few seconds when using the electric mixer. Do not over beat.
Press the dough into the prepared baking pan making sure the level is even.
Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until nice and golden. Testing the centre of the bake with a skewer until it comes out clean.
Take out of the oven and dust with caster sugar if you wish, this is optional. Leave in the tin to cool a little, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into bars or slices.If you wish, you can partially slice into Square Bars after they have cooled a little, then completely slice through once they have cooled completely.
TIPS AND FAQ’S
Baking Parchment – Use a sheet of baking parchment to line the tin. It will make it much easier to lift the cookie bars out of the tin once baked.
Cutting and Slicing – Leave to cool a little before starting to slice into bars. Ideally, slice them just a little bit, leave them to cool completely, then finish slicing each bar.
Storage – These will keep for a few days in an airtight container, ideally wrapped in baking parchment.
Tin Size – If you use a different sized tin, the baking times may differ.
Why do my cookie bars crumble?Try waiting until they’ve cooled completely before slicing them into bars.
How do you prevent Cookie dough from spreading?One of the best ways to prevent cookie dough from spreading is to turn them into cookie bars by baking them in a traybake tin. If baking individual cookies, ensure that your oven has come up to temperature before you place the sheet of cookies in the oven to bake.
Can you freeze cookie dough?You can freeze cookie dough by wrapping it well. Bring up to room temperature before baking.
Can you make cookie dough ahead?You can make this recipe ahead of time, please the dough in the baking tin and leave it covered in the fridge overnight to bake the next day.