Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Stir together flour and salt; add to creamed mixture blending thoroughly. Blend in ½ cup almonds.
Spread dough evenly in an ungreased 9X13-inch baking pan.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove pan from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over hot cookie base. Let chocolate soften and spread evenly with a spatula.
Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup almonds.
Cut into approximately 1½ inch square bars.