Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dutch Letter Bars

Usually if you mention Dutch Letter anywhere in Iowa it will be followed with MMMMMMMMMMM I love Dutch Letters!!! If you aren't familiar with them, they look like this:

 Dutch Letters from the Jaarsma Bakery in Pella, Iowa


I always think they look like they are getting their groove on. They are filled with almond paste and have a flakey, crystal sugary pastry on the outside. They really are one of a kind. And to me, a pain in the booty to make.

My mother-in-law loves Dutch Letters, and I wanted to have something for her birthday with those flavors. I found this great recipe for Dutch Letter Bars. I was afraid they might not have the same magic, but boy were they ever delicious. The hardest part of the recipe was finding the almond paste, which I ended up finding near the frosting.

If you are looking for something unique to take to your next get together, or if you love Dutch Letters this recipe is a must.

Here is what you need:




In a large mixing bowl, cream 1/2 cup margerine, 1/2 cup butter and 2 eggs.




Beat in 1 8 oz can almond paste.




Add 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of flour, mix well.




Spread in to a greased 13 X 9 X 2 baking pan.





Sprinkle the top with sugar (I left off the almonds, but toss them on if you wish)

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the top is browned. Let it cool down before cutting.



Aren't they so beautiful? They smell even better I promise you that. Now go make and enjoy!!

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12 comments:

  1. I bet your house smelled great while make this. Thank you for linking up at Katherines Corner xo

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  2. I just moved to Iowa a little over a year ago. I spotted your post on Time-warp wife link up. I was recently introduced to dutch letters and I am hooked. I can't wait to try this. Is the almond paste pretty easy to find?

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    1. Aren't they the yummiest?? I found it at Hy-Vee. It was in the baking aisle mixed in with the frosting. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. I hate to admit that I've never heard of these, but they sound delicious. I actually saw a can of almond paste at the dollar store the other day and wondered what I could use it for. Now I know! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing at Rural Thursday Blog Hop, Dannette. :)

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    1. They are definitely an Iowa staple! The smell is absolutely AMAZING. I wish I could make a candle out of it! Thanks for visiting! I would love to visit you as well!

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  4. I just tried some of these last night and they were fantastic! I had never heard of them prior to yesterday.

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    1. What I love about this dessert is that if you took it somewhere to share, it would totally stand out because it's such a unique and simple flavor! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I have never heard of these before! They do sound interesting.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'm going to visit you too! ;)

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  6. Beautiful post.

    Regards and best wishes

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  7. Is it 1/2 cup each of butter & margarine or 1/2 stick?

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