Chocolate roll-ups

16 pastries

1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate into 8 triangles. Spread the chocolate evenly over each triangle and sprinkle with the sliced almonds. Cut each triangle in half and roll up, starting at the wide end.

Place the rolls on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle with the confectioner’s sugar and serve.