Chewy Almond Squares

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Sometimes I want to bake something sweet, but I just don’t want a big fuss with a mixer or running the oven for an hour. These chewy almond squares fit the bill. They’re basically blondies, but made with almond extract instead of vanilla, and with chopped toasted almonds mixed in instead of butterscotch. A big thank you to commenter Chris who made these substitutions on our blondie recipe and shared how well they turned out!

Chewy Almond Squares Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 9 squares.

To make the decorative almond halves, take a whole raw almond and pinch it between your fingers. Use a serrated bread knife to carefully cut the almond in half. The almond has a natural break-point so it should split easily once you start to cut it.

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

You can easily double this recipe.


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, 112 g), melted, plus butter for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of almond extract
  • 1 cup (128 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup toasted, blanched almonds, chopped
  • Whole almond halves for decoration


  • One 8x8-inch baking pan


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

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.

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.

smooth surface of batter in pan make surface cuts to mark squares, place an almond in the middle of each

4 Pour into the prepared baking pan and smooth the surface. You can "cut" the surface with a knife to make it easier to see where you will want to make cuts once the squares are done. Place an almond half, cut side down, in the middle of each square.

bake until done

5 Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Chewy Almond Squares

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  • Chikako Jackson

    This is another excellent recipe of Elise. Simple yet very tasty. We just love it ! I tried with both blanched and whole almonds. We didn’t really taste bitterness with whole almonds, but if you use blanched almonds, it tastes more sophisticated. It is very easy to blanch whole almonds. Just put them in a bowl of hot water. In a few minutes, you can easily peel the skin. Sometimes I don’t even bother to toast them ! Thanks again for the recipe.

  • Carol

    How can I tell if my almonds are blanched, says whole almonds all natural. I know I have to toast them, but do I have to blanch them?

  • Jackie Graves

    Reply to Sandy S
    Look up cream puff dough on Google. The one from Cake Boss is for a cake not puffs.

  • Bruce

    My wife made these yesterday, soooo good! I made a lemony whipped cream to top it off and it was the perfect balance.

  • Sandy S

    Elise you are on a roll with so many nice summer recipes! As the last of these gems disappear with my morning coffee, I am writing to say Yes! Yes! Yes! these will be made again. So easy to make a GF version with any GF flour substitute. I had forgotten how pleasant the scent of baking with almond extract can be. There is a simple puff pastry (somewhat like éclairs) that is made with flour, eggs and almond extract and then drizzled with a simple icing. Anyone know what I am talking about? Would love the recipe.

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