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Chocolate Almond Bars

 Chocolate Almond Bars
Loaded with almond flavor, these chewy bars are one of my husband's favorite sweet treats.
48 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

  • 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.
  • 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.