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posted by Christy Denneyon May 8, 2014 (updated Aug 9, 2022) 26 comments »

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These Almond Roca Bars are soft, almond flavored cookie bars topped with rich chocolate and almonds.

Almond Roca Bars Recipe - The Girl Who Ate Everything (1)


I’ve been obsessed over chocolate lately.More thannormal. There is some force of nature drawing me to anythingchocolate. My husband and I were at Burger-Fi on a dateand as wesat down I said, “I smell chocolate.”In a burger jointthe smell seemed out of placebut sure enough WAY across the room a boy was unwrapping a chocolate bar.

I swear this nose of mine is my downfall. I have an insane sense of smell that gets me in trouble.

Which leads to me these Almond Roca Bars. I first spotted them at The Food Charlatan. Her picture got me. Check it out. It’s been taunting me ever since I saw it. Then I saw her Nutella Stuffed Browned Butter Blondies and licked my computer screen. Which actually might have some residual chocolate on it so it wasn’t completely in vain.

I know some people don’t like almond flavoring. We might have to reevaluate our friendships if that’s the case. The dough for these bars taste just like sugar cookie dough with a strong almond flavor. The bars are soft, buttery and topped with chocolate and sliced almonds. With just a few ingredients, I had these in the oven in under 5 minutes. I only put almonds on half of the pan because the kids aren’t crazy about nuts.
I think I may have been a littlezealous in sprinkling chocolate chips on top. I used semi-sweet but I really love the taste of milk chocolate chips too. You can definitely use more or less depending on your PMS level…I mean…preference.
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Almond Roca Bars

4 from 12 votes

These Almond Roca Bars are soft, almond flavored cookie bars topped with rich chocolate and almonds.


Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 25 minutes mins

Servings: 16 servings


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the white and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg, almond extract, and salt and mix until combined. Add the flour and mix thoroughly. Spread mixture into the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Sprinkle bars generously with chocolate chips immediately after baking and let them sit to melt. You can stick the pan back into the oven for a couple of minutes to speed this up. Once chips have melted, spread the chocolate evenly on top and sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Cuisine: American

Course: Dessert

Author: Christy Denney

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originally published on May 8, 2014 (last updated Aug 9, 2022)

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26 comments on “Almond Roca Bars”

  1. Victoria P Reply

    Been looking for a similar recipe that my Mom who has passed made. I think this is very close, except she used plain Hershey bars melted on top, instead of chocolate chips. I’m going to try that replacement. really happy to find this though. thanks

    • Christy Denney Reply

      So happy you liked it and I’m sorry about your mom. That has to be incredibly hard.

    • Patti Christiansen Reply

      I have my mom’s recipe that uses Hersey bars. Cream together:
      1/2 c brown sugar
      1/2 c white sugar
      1 c butter
      Beat 1 egg yolk
      1 teas vanilla
      2 c shifted flour
      Spread on cookie sheet with sides, bake 350° 15-20 min
      Large Hersey bar 2-3 reg size, melt in double boiler, spread on warm crust, sprinkle on crushed sliced almonds, cut into squares while warm

  2. Michele Rubio Reply

    Just tried making this recipe. How do you get the chocolate chips to melt and spread out? I sprinkled the chocolate chips evenly immediately after taking it out of the oven. I let it sit but it was not melting. So I placed it back in the oven and waited a few minutes. When i friend to spread the chocolate chips it just stuck together forming a clump. Could it be the brand of chocolate chips I used? I used Nestle roll house semi- sweet.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Shoot that sounds wrong. I’ve used that method many times. If it just clumps that usually means your heat was too high

  3. Linda Moore Reply

    These look wonderful. Someone gave me 5 pounds of raw almonds. Are these almonds toasted?
    I need to use some of these and return a plate of goodies with almonds to herl

    • Christy Denney Reply

      These are not toasted but I bet they would be great with toasted.

  4. Sally Fridge Reply

    I haven’t made these yet but have to give them a rating and in my mind, this should definitely be a 5! If it is half as good as it sounds it must rate a 5! OK, my almond roca story. I LOVE almond roca. Whenever I had a baby, my “reward” was a can of almond roca! Real incentive to have babies, you know! Well, I haven’t had any babies since 1976-I had 4 babies, total! N0 almond roca! Well, OK, I have probably gotten two or three cans in that entire time…for me. My husband doesn’t really like almond roca (major malfunction, I know, but hey, leaves more for me! : ) So, now I have a recipe for almond roca! I think I might make some every day. I am trying to lose weight! Your recipes aren’t helping at all! Hah, hah, hah! I hope he doesn’t like them. Then, I can eat it all by myself! Yippee! I know it is an evil thought but, hey, what can I say?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      haha that’s quite the story and dangit go get a can of Almond Roca right now!! Thank you for taking the time to make a comment.

  5. Lorraine Reply

    I think I will try these and sprinkle a layer of Heath chips on top of the crust….Or maybe on top of the chocolate with the almonds….Hmmmm.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      That would be delightful!

  6. momof3 Reply

    I made these last night and even baked the base longer than said. The base really looks uncooked. Do you have any suggestions?

  7. Kayla Reply

    This looks wonderful! I love the crunch factor 🙂

  8. Fizzy Party Reply

    YUM!!!! We can totally be friends. I love almond and especially almond roca. I need to make a big batch of these and spread the roca love.

  9. laurel @wannacomewith Reply

    There are people who don’t like almond extract? Seriously? I don’t understand that… Also, there’s no way you were over-zealous in your application of chocolate chips. That looks like the perfect amount. Pinning and definitely making. Thanks!

  10. Kerry @ Kerry Cooks Reply

    Whoa, these look amazing! I could *really* do with one right about now!

  11. Kaysha Comfort Reply

    Almond Roca is my absolute favorite sweet treat, ever! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It sounds really amazing and I’m certainly going to give it a try!

    That Comfort Girl

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Hope you like them. These aren’t crunchy like the real almond roca but have the same flavor.

  12. Karen @ The Food Charlatan Reply

    I’m so glad you loved it Christy! I am calling my mother-in-law (who I got the recipe from) right now to tell her that you posted these, she will be so flattered. She loves your blog. Almond for the win! 🙂

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Thank you Karen!

  13. Mindy Reply

    There are people who don’t like almond flavoring!?!? What is this anomaly you speak of !?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      I know, right??!

  14. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel Reply

    These look so good and easy! I’ve never been a huge fan of almond extract, but smothered in that amount if chocolate I think my mind could be changed!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      It just may!

  15. Kendall Reply

    I absolutely love almond roca! I have a family recipe for a crunchy treat, but will most definitely try this one. And yes, I’m licking my computer screen looking at these

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      I think I need your family recipe!

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