Amaretto Praline Bars Recipe

From our friends at McCormick®: 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.

Amaretto Praline Bars Recipe
McCormick

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Serves: Makes 24 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups (3 1/2 sticks) butter, softened, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Rum Extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds

Directions

1. 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 13×9-inch baking pan.

2. 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.

3. 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 extract. Spread evenly over chocolate-covered crust. Sprinkle with almonds.

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

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest