My mom made these cookies for Christmas many years, and they remind me of Scandinavian festivals from school.
Stir together in mixing bowl:
1.75 C all purpose flour
2 tea baking powder
1/4 tea salt
In standing mixing bowl, beat 1/2 C butter until soft. Add 1 C sugar and beat sugar and butter together until fluffy.
Add 1 egg and 1/2 tea almond extract and stir.
Add flour mixture from above, stir.
Divide dough into 4 rolls on 2 cookie sheets, flatten each to 3-4" wide.
Press sliced almonds into top of bar cookies. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 325F.
Cut on the diagonal into 1.5-2" slices.