Split Levels

The popularity of the split-level home design may have decreased since the 1970’s, but the popularity of these bar cookies has not. 


1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 (6-ounce) package cream cheese
⅓ cup evaporated milk 
½ cup chopped pecans
½ teaspoon almond extract, divided
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup margarine or butter


  1. Combine chocolate morsels, cream cheese, and milk in saucepan. Melt mixture over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and ¼ teaspoon almond extract. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, margarine, and ¼ teaspoon almond extract. Beat at low speed until fine particles are formed. Press half of the mixture in greased 9 x 9-inch pan. Spread chocolate mixture on top. 
  3. Top with remaining crumbs. Bake in preheated 375°F oven approximately 30 minutes, or until tested done. Cool; cut into bars.

Makes 20 bars

Nutrition information per serving (one bar): 198 cal, 12 g fat, 11 mg chol, 108 mg sodium, 21 g carbo, 0.5 g fiber, 2 g pro, 17 mcg folate.