- 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 6 drops red liquid food coloring
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
Line a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
Divide the dough into thirds. Add almond extract and food coloring to one portion; spread evenly into prepared pan. Add nuts to second portion; spread evenly over first layer. Add melted chocolate to third portion; spread over second layer. Cover with waxed paper; refrigerate overnight.
Unwrap; cut loaf in half lengthwise. Cut each portion into 1/8-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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Recipe reprinted by permission of Reiman Publications, LLC. &copy; 2002. All rights reserved.
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