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Crunchy Chocolate-nut Bars

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 24
Categories: Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

    --- Crust: ---
1/2  cup  butter or margarine
1/2  cup  packed light brown sugar
1    egg yolk
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/2  cup  all-purpose flour
1/2  cup  rolled oats, not instant
    --- Topping: ----
3    semisweet chocolate squares
1  tablespoon  margarine
1/2  cup  nuts, chopped

1. Crust: In large bowl, beat margarine, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth, using an electric mixer. Add flour and oats; stir until well combined. 2. Press mixture in bottom of a lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. 3. Topping: Melt chocolate and margarine over hot, not boiling, water. Spread over warm cookie crust. Sprinkle evenly with coarsely chopped nuts. 4. While still warm, cut into bars using a sharp knife. Let cool completely before removing from pan. Yield: about 2 dozen bars.

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