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Chocolate Almond Bars Recipe

Loaded with almond flavor, these chewy bars are one of my husband's favorite sweet treats.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min. YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
  • 2. In a saucepan, combine the milk and 1 cup chocolate chips. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Stir in egg, almonds and extract. Spread over crust. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpicks inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. In a microwave, melt shortening and remaining chips; drizzle over top. Cut into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.