4 ounces almond joy candy bars (4 whole regular sized candy bars or 8 miniature candy bars)
1⁄2 cup butter (I prefer butter, but original recipe called for shortening) or 1⁄2 cup shortening (I prefer butter, but original recipe called for shortening)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup chopped almonds
Heat oven to 350°F.
Grease 9-inch square pan.
In medium saucepan over low heat, melt candy bars and shortening, stirring occasionally until chocolate and shortening are melted.
Add sugar and vanilla; blend well.
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Stir in flour, salt and chopped almonds; mix well.
Spread in greased pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.
Cool completely; cut into bars.