October 18, 2015

Chocolate Layer Bars

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Rich and fudgy Chocolate Layer Bars are so good, no matter how often you make them it won't be often enough.

Fudgy Chocolate Layer Bars ~ so good, no matter how often you make them it won't be often enough!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


You know those family favorite recipes that make appearances over and over and over ... and no matter how many times they're made, the requests for them just keep on rollin' in?  Well, these Chocolate Layer Bars are one of those  recipes for our family.

Growing up, no matter how often my Mom made Chocolate Layer Bars, it wasn't often enough.

Mom always whipped up a batch ... or two ... at Christmas time.  But believe me, we didn't limit our requests to just the holiday season.  We pretty much begged for Chocolate Layer Bars all year round.

With their rich-and-fudgy layer of chocolate sandwiched between two layers of almond-laced crumb crust, their simply was no resisting these wonderful bars.

Fudgy Chocolate Layer Bars ~ so good, no matter how often you make them it won't be often enough!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

The rich fudgy chocolate layer of these scrumptious bars is made with semi-sweet chocolate chips and cream cheese melted together with a touch of milk.  Slivered almonds are then stirred in for added flavor and a bit of crunch.

This chocolatey goodness is then layered between a buttery-rich crumbly crust.

Fudgy Chocolate Layer Bars ~ so good, no matter how often you make them it won't be often enough!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

The result?

Amazingly-delicious Chocolate Layer Bars that will keep 'em asking for more.  Or, if anyone is like my family ... begging  for more.  Because no matter how often Chocolate Layer Bars are made, ... believe me ... it won't be often enough.

Fudgy Chocolate Layer Bars ~ so good, no matter how often you make them it won't be often enough!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Chocolate Layer Bars
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened just slightly {do not substitute margarine}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
For the chocolate filling:
  • 12 oz. (2 c.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1 c. slivered almonds
Directions
  1. PREPARE THE CRUST:  Mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut butter into small pieces. With an electric mixer on low speed, blend in almond extract, butter, and eggs. (Mixture will be VERY crumbly ... do not over mix. If mixed together too well, the crust will bake up very hard.)
  2. Put 2/3 of the crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased 9x13" baking dish; pat down very lightly with your fingers. Set aside.
  3. PREPARE THE CHOCOLATE FILLING:  Put cream cheese, chocolate chips, and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute to melt, stirring after 30 seconds. (If not melted, microwave in 20-second intervals until melted.) Once melted, stir in almonds.
  4. Pour chocolate filling over prepared crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly on top.
  5. BAKE:  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely and cut into small squares. Store in the refrigerator.
Enjoy!


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3 comments:

  1. These look like a serious winner! Chocolate and cream cheese in the middle? How can you go wrong?!

    Pinned and scheduled to share with my Facebook readers!

    Visiting via Full Plate Thursday!

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  2. This has caught my attention... just looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing! #fullplatethursday

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  3. We will just love your Chocolate Layer Bars! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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