Chocolate Layer Bars


one 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
one 8 oz. package cream cheese
one 5.3 oz. can evaporated milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ teaspoon almond extract
3 cups unsifted flour
1½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
½ teaspoon almond extract

Combine chocolate chips, cream cheese and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add walnuts and ½ teaspoon almond extract.

In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, butter, eggs and ½ teaspoon almond extract. Press of this mixture in a greased 9"x13" pan. Spread chocolate mixture on top. Drop rest of crust mixture by spoonfuls on top of chocolate mixture.

Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; cut into bars.

Yields: 3 dozen

— MSR