In medium saucepan, cook first 6 ingredients over med-high, stirring constantly, for about 5 min or until liquid has evaporated & misture is sticky. Remove from heat, sir in vanilla & refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray
Scoop out tablespoon size balls onto baking sheet about an inch apart; press an almond into each. Bake for 20-25 min, turning sheet half way thru.
Transfer cookies to a wire rake and cool completely.
In a small, heat safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips for 25 seconds, stir, continue heating in 5-sec intervals until melted
spoon over cookies in a zig-zag pattern and allow chocolate to harden before serving