Dutch Letter Bars

Dutch Letter Bars (The Gingered Whisk)

I know that the New Year has started and no one is interested in cookies and bars and fattening foods anymore (If you are looking for healthy options, you should check out my Recipe Box for some great Featured Recipes – low fat/low calorie options that are perfect for winter. Still warm and comforting, but will help you keep those resolutions). But guys, these bars deserve a ton of recognition, because they are that amazing.


Easy Dutch Letter Bars Recipe bars on plate (The Gingered Whisk)

You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well these bars completely fit the bill. They are very plain on the outside, and super simple to make. But they taste like the most decadent pastry ever. Growing up in Iowa, I was occasionally given a super special treat of a Dutch Letter – a flaky pastry shaped like the letter “S” and filled with almond paste. They are so delicious. But they aren’t all that easy to make (note to self: why haven’t I made these yet?), which is why they are usually for special treats. But these bars taste EXACTLY like a dutch letter, but with seriously 5 minutes of work. And because they look so plain and unassuming, no one else will eat them. Which means you can eat them all yourself. Screw that weight loss resolution, anyway.



Dutch Letter Bars

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars
  • Category: Dessert


These dutch letter bars are awesome.


1 cup butter

2 eggs

8 oz almond paste

2 cups sugar + extra for sprinkling on top

2 cups flour


Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together.
Spread into a greased 9×13 pan.
Sprinkle the top with sugar.
Bake for 30-305 minutes, or until the top is just slightly golden brown.
Allow to cool completely before cutting.



  • Reply
    December 2, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Where do you find affordable almond paste in Des Moines?

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 2:32 AM

      I don’t usually search for what is cheapest, I normally buy it wherever I happen to be, because price shopping with 3 young kiddos isn’t easy! But Hy-vee or Trader Joe’s is normally where I get it from!

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