holiday DIY #7: saint nicholas bars


as evening fell on every December 6th, my little sister and i would lay our shoes outside the front door and impatiently wait for a loud knock, knock! we would run screaming to see if we could catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas on his winged, white horse as he leapt back into the sky. alas, we never caught him. but his horse would take the carrots we left and in our shoes were toys and beside our shoes, a basket of freshly baked Saint Nicholas Bars… our favorite. today i share with you that recipe which, for some reason, my mom had!…i guess she and Saint Nicholas must be homies ; )

Mr. Kate’s Mom’s Saint Nicholas Bars – what the good kids get in their shoes on December 6th

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– toast 3 oz slivered almonds
– grease baking pan with vegan butter
Mix Dry Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon ring
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence

Heat to a simmer and stir 5 minutes:

  • 1 cup of wild caught honey (if non-honey vegan, try agave)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold water

Mix wet and dry ingredients together and press into 11″ x 17″-ish pan with wet hands

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

While baking, mix icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • add slowly 5 teaspoons cold water
  • refrigerate

After baking cool just a bit:

  • spread glaze over top
  • press toasted almonds into glaze

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