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Rio Casino Almond Bars

Dear SOS: The Rio Carnival Buffet at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas serves the best almond bars you will ever have. I've searched my cookbooks for a similar recipe but could not find one. I am turning ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes plus 2 hour chilling | Makes 48 (3 x 1 1/2-inch) bars

Sugar dough

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour, plus more for rolling

Step 1Cream butter until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and blend until smooth but not airy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla and blend well. Gradually add cake flour and mix until smooth. Flatten dough into rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 2 hours.

Step 2Roll out dough on floured board to 15x10-inch rectangle 1/8-inch thick. Wrap dough around rolling pin and transfer to jelly roll pan lined with waxed paper or parchment paper. Press dough into pan bottom, trimming edges to fit. Use any scraps to fill gaps in dough, pressing seams together. Prick all over with fork.

Step 3Bake at 350 degrees until slightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on rack.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups sliced almonds

Step 1Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add honey and granulated sugar and bring to boil. Add nuts, return to boil then remove from heat. Let cool slightly.

Step 2Pour warm filling into shell, spreading evenly. Do not overfill. Bake at 350 degrees until topping bubbles and turns golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool, then cut into bars.

Each bar:
176 calories; 43 mg sodium; 19 mg cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 19 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 0.29 gram fiber.
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