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These easy almond paste bars taste just like dutch letters, but are a super easy recipe to make. These dutch letter bars are addicting and delicious!

I know that the New Year has started and no one is interested in cookies and bars and fattening foods anymore. But guys, these bars deserve a ton of recognition, because they are that amazing.


four dutch letter bars arranged on white plate

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 dutch letter 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.

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4 Dutch Letter Bars on a plate

Dutch Letter Bars

These easy almond paste bars taste just like dutch letters, but are a super easy recipe to make. These dutch letter bars are addicting and delicious!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Jenni


  • 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 9x13 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g


  1. Where do you find affordable almond paste in Des Moines?

    1. 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!

    2. I found it at Walmart!

  2. Michael T. says:

    I found some cheap almond paste at the Amish discount grocery in Kalona. Expired almond paste works just as well.

  3. How do you incorporate the marzipan into the remainder of the ingredients? Do you grate it in or chop it into small pieces? Thanks

    1. Yeah, you can break it into small pieces and then use your hands or a pastry blender to mix it all together! This recipe is on the list to get updated soon, so I hope to get some better photos and instructions in here soon!

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