Saturday, 20 November 2010

Amaretti Triple Deckers


Butter or margarine, melted  - 1 cup
Sugar  - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract  - 1 1/2 tsps
Salt  - 1/4 tsp
Eggs, lightly beaten  - 2 large
Chocolate wafer crumbs  - 2 cups
Slivered almonds, toasted and chopped  - 3/4 cup
Flaked coconut  - 1/2 cup
Graham cracker crumbs  - 1 1/4 cups
Finely crushed amaretti cookies  - 1/2 cup
Semisweet chocolate mini-morsels  - 1/2 cup
Butter or margarine, softened  - 1/4 cup
Sifted powdered sugar  - 2 3/4 cups
Milk  - 2 tblsps
Almond extract  - 1/4 tsp
Semisweet chocolate, melted  - 1 (1-ounce) square
Amarettini cookies   - 20


1.Mix together the first 5 ingredients in a heavy saucepan.

2.Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, 12 to 15 minutes or until mixture reaches 160° and is slightly thickened.

3.Remove from heat; divide mixture in half, and allow it to cool for  15 minutes.

4.Add chocolate wafer crumbs, almonds, and coconut to half of butter mixture, stirring well.

5.Press chocolate mixture firmly into an ungreased 9" square pan.

6.Add graham cracker crumbs, crushed amaretti cookies, and chocolate mini-morsels to remaining mixture, stirring well.

7.Press graham cracker mixture firmly over chocolate mixture in pan.

8.Beat 1/4 cup butter till creamy, gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended.

9.Add milk and almond extract; beat until mixture is spreading consistency.

10. Spread frosting over graham cracker layer. Cover and chill. Cut into 20 bars.

11.Spoon melted chocolate into a zip-top plastic bag. Snip a tiny hole in one corner of bag, using scissors.

12.Drizzle chocolate over frosted bars. Top each bar with an amarettini cookie.

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