Chocolate Cherry Bars

1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
¼ cup baking cocoa
1 cup cold butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. almond extract
1 can (21 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped almonds

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour sugar and cocoa. Cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Add egg and almond extract until blended; set aside 1 cup for topping.
  3. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13x9x2-in. baking pan.
  4. Carefully top with pie filling.
  5. Combine chocolate chips, almonds and resrved crumb mixture; sprinkle over pie filling.
  6. Bake at 350° for 35-40 min. or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool; refrigerate for at least 2 hrs. before cutting.

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