These are great with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 bars
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 9 inch square baking pan.

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  • In top of a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour into a large bowl, and mix in sugar, cream cheese, and eggs. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in almonds and pour the batter into pan.

  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

139 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 16.5g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 33.7mg; sodium 65.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
I put in 2 eggs for a thicker consistency. 3 eggs is cake-like, yes, but this recipe was intended to be that way...it's just preference. Also, I left out the nuts...doesn't matter what kind you use, if any, not worth criticizing a recipe over that. And 35-40 minutes is only an estimate....I'm sure your oven is accurate, just as much as the original cook. Great recipe - I recommend it Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2008
This is a tasty recipe and very moist but not what I really look for in a brownie. First it's a very light chocolate in color and taste. It's also very cakey probably due to the three eggs. I wasn't crazy about the almonds. I love almonds but felt that walnuts or pecans would work better here because of the texture of the cake. My recipe was completely baked in 30 minutes (my oven is accurate). I added chocolate frosting because I wanted more chocolate than this offered. Read More
(19)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
I put in 2 eggs for a thicker consistency. 3 eggs is cake-like, yes, but this recipe was intended to be that way...it's just preference. Also, I left out the nuts...doesn't matter what kind you use, if any, not worth criticizing a recipe over that. And 35-40 minutes is only an estimate....I'm sure your oven is accurate, just as much as the original cook. Great recipe - I recommend it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
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(20)
Rating: 3 stars
04/12/2008
This is a tasty recipe and very moist but not what I really look for in a brownie. First it's a very light chocolate in color and taste. It's also very cakey probably due to the three eggs. I wasn't crazy about the almonds. I love almonds but felt that walnuts or pecans would work better here because of the texture of the cake. My recipe was completely baked in 30 minutes (my oven is accurate). I added chocolate frosting because I wanted more chocolate than this offered. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2009
I baked it in a single 9" round cake pan and it baked just fine at the directed time. With mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top it looked & tasted like a thick cookie; light & chocolaty. And it went well with a home made whipped cream. The cream cheese doesn't really stand out but the whole thing in its entirety is good enough to make again. My boyfriend literally ruined his dinner because of this! ;) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2018
Superb! I m picky with brownies and I like them cakey. So that s why I like this recipe. They rose beautifully in the oven which I was worried about because the batter was thin when I spread it into the corners of the 9 pan. I will definitely keep this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2013
Very good recipe. I went off of what other reviewers said and only used 2 eggs for a less cake-y brownie. I also used bakers chocolate instead of choco chips because it's what I had (3 squares = 1/3 cup chips). I melted the shortening and chocolate in the microwave. Once the shortening is melted the chocolate should melt on its own after mixing it around a little. I used my mixer for the rest of the ingredients to make it smoother and I mixed the dry ingredients first before adding them to the mixture. I opted out the nuts because my kids aren't too find of almonds. I will make it again but I'm not sure if I'll add the almond extract again not because it wasn't good but because it seems kind of an unnecessary taste if you don't add the almonds in the first place. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
Made it as written and loved it! Next time I will only add 2 eggs though since I like my brownies a bit gooier. Also I know this is a brownie not broccoli but watch out for the calorie count in this. The recipe says 139 per brownie but I noticed that is based on 18 brownies cut from a 9X9 pan which is a pretty teeny tiny portion. So if you have a normal sized portion you will be consuming a lot more calories. Again no shocker since it's a chocolate brownie but for those who count calories but still allow for a little indulging beware.:-) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2018
LOVED this recipe. I doubled the recipe and reduced the egg by one. It was so good it didn't need frosting! Read More
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