almond and goat cheese candy bars

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  18 bars

5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon butter, softened
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt + more as needed
3/4 cup smooth almond butter
2 tablespoons softened goat cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
4 ounces bittersweet 72% chocolate - coarsely chopped

1.  line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.  melt 1 teaspoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  add almonds and a pinch of salt.  cook, stirring occasionally, until almonds are golden, about 5 minutes.  pour into a bowl.

2.  in an electric mixer, beat together almond butter and goat cheese.  beat in almond flour.  stop mixer and scrape down sides.  beat in sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 5 tablespoons butter until combined.  scrape down sides and beat once more to combine.  spread into pan.

3.  bring a pot of water to a simmer.  place chocolate in a heatproof bowl.  place bowl over pot of simmering water and cook, stirring, until the chocolate is completely melted.  scrape chocolate into the pan over the almond butter mixture and spread evenly.  scatter almonds over chocolate.  let cool to room temperature.  cover with foil and chill until firm.  cut into bars.

- new york times

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