For the Crust:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Raspberry Filling:
1 1/2 cups raspberry jam or preserves (ensure they are gluten-free)
For the Almond Topping:
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1. Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch (23×33 cm) baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides for easy removal.
2. Make the Crust:
In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of almond extract until light and fluffy.
Mix in the gluten-free all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until the mixture comes together.
3. Press the Crust:
Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
4. Add the Raspberry Filling:
Spread the raspberry jam or preserves over the crust, leaving a small border around the edges.
5. Make the Almond Topping:
In a separate bowl, combine the sliced almonds, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, melted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Mix until the almonds are coated.
6. Add the Almond Topping:
Sprinkle the almond topping mixture over the raspberry filling.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the topping is toasted.
8. Cool and Cut:
Allow the raspberry almond bars to cool in the pan. Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhangs to lift the bars out of the pan. Place them on a cutting board and cut into squares or bars.
Serve these delicious gluten-free Raspberry Almond Bars as a sweet treat.
Enjoy your homemade Raspberry Almond Bars, a delightful combination of fruity and nutty flavors!