Matzo Caramel Pecan Squares

Yield: Approximately 24 squares

Spray bottom of jellyroll pan or cookie sheet with sides (15 1/2" X 10 1/2" X 1 1/8" or larger) generously with vegetable spray.   Line pan with matzos, breaking to fit.

In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine margarine, brown sugar and pecans.  Bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Reduce heat to medium and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour over matzos.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-8 minutes.

Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Return to oven and bake 2-3 minutes longer to melt chocolate.  Do not overbake; they will burn easily at this point.

Remove from oven.  If desired, gently spread the softened chocolate with a spatula, leaving a swirled pattern.  If you are adding the almonds, sprinkle on top now.  Let cool 10 minutes, then cut into squares, being careful not to burn yourself as the syrup is still very warm at this point. If the syrup is still hot, let them cool a bit longer in the pan, but not more than about 20 minutes.  You want the syrup to stick to the bottom of the matzo, if possible.  Remove to waxed paper to finish cooling.

Refrigerate to set.