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by Caitlin Saniga

One Christmas, my mom's dear friend Mrs. Swartz had my brother over to make Christmas cookies. Who knows what else we made that day (It was 20 years ago perhaps), but I'll never forget these easy graham crackers with the salty-sweet coconut-toffee topping. I added a messy drizzle of dark chocolate this time because it never hurts ...

One Christmas, my mom’s dear friend Mrs. Swartz had my brother over to make Christmas cookies. Who knows what else we made that day (It was 20 years ago perhaps), but I’ll never forget these easy graham crackers with the salty-sweet coconut-toffee topping. I added a messy drizzle of dark chocolate this time because it never hurts …

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by Caitlin Saniga

Aunt Karen handed me a box of these and asked me if I'd take them off her hands. No problem! Holly and I scarfed them down in no time. I later tracked down Aunt Karen's friend Dee (who made them) and got the recipe. Thanks guys!

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds

I made my bars in a smaller dish, so they were thicker and a little softer. Yum!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly flour a 9″-by-13″ glass baking pan or a pan of similar size.

Mix together the butter and sugar. Add the flour, eggs and extracts; stir. Pour the batter in the prepared baking pan. Spread almonds over the top. Sprinkle extra sugar over the almonds.

Bake 35 minutes, or until the cookie turns golden brown. Let cool about 20 minutes before slicing.

Makes 24-28 bars.

Recipe: Dee Burdette, a family friend

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