This authentic Swedish bar cookie is simply wonderful, and an excellent addition to any buffet or potluck.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the butter, sugar, flour, and almond extract and mix until thoroughly blended. Form the mixture into two balls, one containing two-thirds of the dough, the other containing one-third. On a lightly floured board, roll out the larger ball of dough into a J-inch-thick to G-inch-thick rectangle that measures about 8 inches by 12 inches. Transfer to the baking sheet. Spread the jelly on the dough. Roll out the remaining piece of dough and cut into H-inch strips. Arrange on the diagonal over the jelly. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares.