Holiday Chocolate Almond Bars

Holiday Chocolate Almond Bars

1-1/2 cups unsifted flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup cold butter or margarine
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
2 cups almonds, toasted and chopped
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp solid shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk; remove from heat. Cool slightly; beat in egg. Stir in almonds and extract. Spread over prepared crust. Bake 25 minutes or until set. Cool.

Melt remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips with the shortening; drizzle over bars. Chill 10 minutes, or until set.

Cut into bars.