Dutch Letter Bars

Typically baked in the shape of an "S" for Sinterklaas Day (Dutch Santa Claus Day), we turned those flavors into a sweet bar dessert. It's an easy cookie recipe you'll make every holiday season.

triangles of Dutch Letter Bars topped with jam and sliced almonds
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
24 bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 8 ounce pkg. almond paste

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup raspberry jam, melted

  • ½ cup sliced almonds

  • 2 teaspoon coarse sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Coat foil with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter, almond paste, and eggs with a mixer on medium until combined. Add granulated sugar; beat until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, gradually beat in flour until combined.

  3. Spread batter in prepared baking pan. Drizzle top with melted jam. Using a table knife or thin metal spatula, swirl jam into the dough. Sprinkle with almonds and coarse sugar.

  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift out uncut bars. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

251 Calories
12g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 68mg 1%
Folate, total 29.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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