But, there was one goodie that she made every single year at Christmas. She called it Desperation Cake, I have no idea where the name comes from, but regardless, they were one of my favourite treats at Christmas.
These bars don't have to be a Christmas treat, they can be enjoyed year round, but for me, they will always remind me of my Grandmother at Christmas time.
My Mom has her original recipe written out in my Grandmother's hand writing. This is a very special memento from Christmas in the past.
I make these bars every year and I always think of my Grandmother. They are super easy to make and are truly a delicious treat. This is a great treat to bake with young children as their introduction into Christmas baking. Because there are so few ingredients and steps, you cannot really make any mistakes.
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup flour
STEP 1: In a bowl, mix all ingredients together with a fork.
Note 2: To makes these bars more festive, you can add some sprinkles on the top of the bars prior to baking.
STEP 2: Press down and spread flat in a 8 or 9 inch square baking pan.
STEP 3: Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
STEP 4: After bars have cooled slightly, take bars out of pan (this is easy to do when you use parchment).
STEP 5: Cut bars while still slightly warm.
These bars are very moist and delicious. My whole family enjoys them and hopefully they won't get tired of me sharing my story about my Grandmother every year when I make them.