Almond Chocolate Bars

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Combine cream cheese and butter in mixing bowl, beat well. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy. Combine flour and baking powder, add to batter, beating well. Spread mixture evenly in an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle chips immediately over baked layer. Let stand 5 minutes, or until chocolate melts. Spread chocolate evenly, to the edge of pan. Sprinkle with almonds. Cool and cut into bars.

Note: Originally posted by "Cyndi" to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.

Servings: 30

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