Friday, September 30, 2016

Santa's Favorite Cookie Bars

I'm always in pursuit of Bar Cookies for our annual Dallas Morning News Holiday Cookie Contest.
I also love recipes with Almonds or Almond favoring. Here's a delicious new Bar recipe.

Santa's Favorite Cookie Bars

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Baking Pan.

1 1/2 C Flour
2/3 C Granulated Sugar
12 TBS Butter, cold and cut into TBS pieces.
1 1/2 C Dark Chocolate Chips, divided.
1 - 14 oz.  can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Large Egg
2 C Whole Toasted Almonds, roughly chop them.
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp Crisco

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Whisk well.
Cut in Butter with a Pastry Knife or 2 Forks until it creates a crumble.
Press even;y in the bottom of the Baking Pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.

In a Saucepan on Medium Heat:
1/2 C Chocolate Chips
Heat just until Chocolate is completely melted and creamy smooth.
Whisk well.
Set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk in:
Egg until well combined.

Fold in:
Almond Extract
Spread even;y over the Crust.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove Pan to a Rack to cool completely.

In a Saucepan on Medium Heat:
Remaining Chocolate Chips
Heat just until melted and well combined.
Drizzle over the Bars with a Fork.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Cut into Bars.
Place them in Decorative Holiday Paper Candy Cups.
Transfer to a Serving Platter.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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