chocolate layer bars

1 12 ounce package chocolate chips
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
2/3 cup evaporated milk (5.3 oz. can)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Combine chocolate chips, cream cheese and evaporated milk in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Blend well, set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients in large mixer bowl. Blend well with mixer until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of mixture into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Spread with chocolate mixture. Sprinkle rest of crumbs over filling. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Cut into bars. Makes about 3 dozen.

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