Split Level Bars

This is a two parter, a chocolate filling and a nice crumbly crust:

    Chocolate Filling:

  • 1 Cup (6oz package) semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 (3oz) package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 TBL sesame seed
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
    Crumb Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups Pillsbury’s Best All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In saucepan combine chocolate pieces, cream cheese and milk. Melt over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Blend well. Set aside. In large mixer bowl, combine all crust ingredients. Blend well with mixer until particles are fine.

Press half of crumb crust mixture in greased 11 x 7 inch pan. Spread with filling. Sprinkle rest of crumbs over filling.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Yield: 24 bars.

Marginal notes:
Omit nuts, sesame seed, and almond extract in filling, substitute 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Omit almond extract in crumb crust, substitute 1/4 tsp vanilla
A double recipe fits perfectly in a 9 x 13 inch pan; at least double the crust if you are using a 11 x 7 inch pan.

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