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Almond Praline Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Refrigeration Time: 1 hour

Servings: 24

The Toasted Almond cocktail is the inspiration for these bar cookies. A rich buttery crust is layered with melted chocolate and a caramelized praline and almond topping.

Ingredients

  2 cups flour

  1 3/4 cups butter

  1 1/2 cups brown sugar

  1 tsp McCormick® Pure Almond Extract

  1/4 tsp salt

  1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1/4 cup light corn syrup

  1/4 tsp McCormick® Rum Flavor

  1/2 cup almonds

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, 1 cup (2 sticks) of the butter, 1/2 cup of the sugar, almond extract and salt in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly into greased foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan.

Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over hot crust. Let stand 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate over crust. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring remaining 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, remaining 1 cup sugar and corn syrup to boil in heavy medium saucepan on medium heat. Boil 3 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in rum flavor. Spread evenly over chocolate-covered crust. Sprinkle with almonds.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. Cut into bars. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature up to 5 days.


Nutritional Information:

Calories 268

Total Fat 16g 

Cholesterol 35mg 

Sodium 131mg 

Total Carbohydrate 29g 

Dietary Fiber 1g 

Protein 2g