ingredients

  • 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

directions

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. © 2002. All rights reserved.

RecID 6636

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