California Shortbread Bars

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Layered with sweet chocolate and crunchy almonds, our twist on traditional shortbread is a scrumptious cookie and candy bar, all in one!
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. almond extract
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped natural almonds, toasted
1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Beat in vanilla extract, orange peel and almond extract. Stir in flour and 1/2 cup almonds. Spread dough into well greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees, 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from oven; sprinkle top evenly with chocolate chips. 

Return pan to oven for 30 seconds. Remove from oven and spread melted chocolate evenly over surface. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup almonds. Cool. 

Cut into bars to serve.

Nutritional Info: 

Calories 216; Fat 14 g; Sat Fat 7.2 g; Mono Fat 5.0 g; Poly Fat 0.9 g; Protein 3 g; Carb 23 g; Fiber 2 g; Cholesterol 28 mg; Sodium 6 mg; Calcium 25 mg; Potassium 115 mg; Vitamin E 1.4 mg*;

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