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Chocolate Amaretto Bars

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, cut into pieces, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Filling

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups (about 7 ounces) sliced almonds
  • 2 cups (12 ounce package) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • Chocolate Drizzle (recipe follows), optional

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. For crust: Beat flour, butter and sugar in large mixer bowl until crumbly. Press into prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. For filling: Beat eggs, corn syrup, sugar, liqueur, butter and cornstarch in medium bowl with wire whisk. Stir in almonds and 1 2/3 cups morsels. Pour over hot crust; spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  5. For chocolate drizzle: Place remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead.
  6. Microwave at 10- to 20-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over bars.
  7. Refrigerate for few minutes to firm chocolate before cutting into bars.

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