Why This Blog?


Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Friday, August 19, 2011

Almond Roca Squares

These are my family's FAVORITE holiday cookie. Next to the Chocolate Sherry Cream Bars, that is. 

These are incredibly simple to make. Small effort for BIG flavor. If you like Almond Roca candy, you will love these. This recipe came from my childhood friend, Jean. We used to bake together and share recipes. This was definitely a keeper, and so was she!

Almond Roca Squares

1 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (Mini ones work best, but regular ones are fine too.)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325-F.  In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars for about a minute, until creamy. Add the egg and beat again until smooth.  Add flour and salt and beat for another minute. Spread mixture into an ungreased 13x9" pan. Bake for 25-30 min. or until very golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Return to oven for just a minute to melt them, then remove again and spread the chocolate.  Sprinkle with walnuts. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. These do take awhile to get firm enough to cut. After they cool off a bit, you can put them in the fridge to firm completely.  Cut the squares right in the pan, or you can lift the cooked toffee out with a spatula, and cut on a cutting board. You might need to cut it in 1/2 to lift it out.

Happy Baking!


  1. These look delicious and are sure to be a great gift! Thanks, Michael Ann!:)

  2. Yum! These look delicious! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! your recipes look delicious! i am your newest follower and would love it if you would come check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks so much!

  3. Stop-you're killing my waistline! Yummy yum yum!

  4. This is on my agenda for today, minus the walnuts. I think I'll substitute pecans...
    My husband is thrilled I found your blog; he's loved everything I've made. Lucky for me, he doesn't have to watch his waistline~

  5. These look delicious! Lord knows I need help in the kitchen! Love the blog:)You can check me out at http://picklejarsandpears.blogspot.com
    New follower on all networks.

  6. I was so glad to be the lucky recipient of a few of these fantastic bars as well as the failed toffee! Thanks!!

  7. Lady, just jumped from your other blog to this blog and boy, am I glad I did so! There are plenty of recipes for me to steal from you here! Score! I cannot wait to try this recipe out! Thank you for sharing! :)

  8. What a yummy blog...in every sense of the word. I am SO glad I found you. Um, can you come and bake at my place?!

  9. I love almond roca, these look delicious! Thanks for the recipe! New follower from the weekend hop, you can find me at


  10. Toffee? Almond? Chocolate? Mmm... what's not to love? These look fabulous.

    I've done that so many times - forgotten and ingredient and discovered something new!

    Following you from the VB Grow my GFC hop! Have a great Sunday!

  11. As far as I'm concerned, Almond Roca is one of the most delicious candies ever. I could get in a lot of trouble with a batch of these yummy treats.


  12. Yum! I love Almond Roca. I am going to have to come back and print this out. Thanks for the great recipe. I thought I was already following but I wasn't. I am now though. Please check out my blog http://www.kristy-s-place.blogspot.com/

  13. We love Almond Roca in this house!

  14. Mmmm, sounds wonderful! I think I'm gonna give this a whirl.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you now too.

  15. A favorite recipe of my dads! Thanks for sharing - it brought back a ton of memories!

  16. Love the simple ingredients on this. Can't wait to try it!

    I am a new follower from Wild Wednesday Hop.

    Vicky @ http://messforless.blogspot.com

  17. Now this is my kind of recipe! Ingredients that I usually have stocked, and simple instructions! When I get back from vacation, I'll have to give them a try. I'm looking for new recipes so we can try dye free foods more easily.

    Thanks for the kind words on my blog as well!

  18. Visiting from VBoks.

    These look delicious. I can't wait to try them.

    Julie from Just Jules

  19. I agree with Kelly; I always have the ingredients on hand, like so many of your recipes (or at least the ones I have so far!). I ended up topping these with toasted almond slices since I didn't have walnuts or pecans. My husband loved them~

  20. Greetings. This is my first time on your blog, but you have a terrific one. I am always on the look out for new blogs, new ideas. I especially appreciate all the details you d0. Great photos makes it seem like anyone can replicate the recipe!

    I am asking, would you please consider posting a few of your favorite recipes on erecipecards.com

    It is a tool for bloggers to see and to be seen. Your posts would fit in perfectly.

    in addition, all photos, recipe titles as well as your blog name would link directly back to your blog. Thus giving you new attention and potentially new readers.

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    Please take a look. If you have any ideas or questions, please do not hesitate to write


  21. These sound delicious! I would have eaten the ones with no egg =o) Probably the entire pan! Love your blog!!!

  22. Yum!!! I think we'll definitely stop here during the holiday season. We love baking cookies and other great treats. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes.
    Wishing you a wonderful week,
    Español para Niños (Spanish for Kids)

  23. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

  24. Hi, I'm a new follower from Monday Mingle. I love baking also. Looking forward to seeing more recipies to try.

  25. I'm not the best baker, but these look like something I could handle. I found you on the Monday Mingle hop. You can find me at TheMamaZone.com

  26. Thanks so much for dropping by the Monday Mingle Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by
    again soon! Have a great day! :)

    P.S. I would love to connect on Facebook too, if we haven't already. http://facebook.com/toughcookiemommy

  27. Hi,

    New follower from the blog hop please come follow me back :)

  28. These look so good and easy, can't wait to make them.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  29. I love almond roca. I can't wait to make these for my husband. He'll really enjoy them.

  30. These looks so much like a recipe I've been searching for! Yay! So glad you made them. They look unbelievable!


  31. I love almond Roca, my Fave! I have linked up my Fast Friendly Fudge! Nettie

  32. These are looking soooooooooo wonderful
    I love these kind of cookies, and having hard time trying to stop eating them :)

  33. I'm suspicious, but I'll pin it for later!

  34. I love almond roca.. thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I was wondering if I could use this recipe and picture in an article that I am writing for the Daily Dish about making candies for Christmas. http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/. I would link the recipe back to you. Thank you Marlys (my email address is thisandthatblog@yahoo.com)


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