Jen’s Orange Blossom Bars — 25 Days of Christmas Cookies

When the winter wind is blowing and there is no rest in sight, bake up a batch of Jen’s Orange Blossom bars.  The texture of these cookies is very much like a brownie with a bright orangeiness that chases away any winter doldrums.  The fact that winter is citrus season: even better because the orange flavors are ever so much brighter.  Just be forewarned; they are very addictive.  Make a batch and share with friends.

 

Jen’s Orange Blossom Bars

Makes about 5 dozen small bars

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  •  1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, (divided 1 plus 1 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (squeeze from orange used for zest)20171205_152819
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine sugar, flour and salt and 1 teaspoon orange zest.  Add butter, eggs orange extract and beat at medium speed until well blended.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350F for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown and set in center.
  5. While cookie bars are baking make glaze:  In a small bowl combine confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 tablespoons orange juice.  Stir together until smooth. Set aside.
  6. Remove from oven and pierce cookie bars with a fork or small skewer.
  7. Pour glaze over cookie bars and spread evenly.  Glaze will melt into the bars.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  8. Store in air tight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  9. Enjoy!

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