How To Make Chocolate Almond Bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup cold butter or margarine
1 (14 ounce) can 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. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F 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 degrees F 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.

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