Orange Cream Bars

Recipes for lemon bars can be quickly found all over the internet. Most bakers have a lovely lemon bar recipe in their repertoire. And if they don’t, that’s ok because you can even buy lemon bar mixes, just like cake mixes. 

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The recipe I am sharing with you here is similar to a lemon bar in various ways (they’re both creamy, citrus-y bars), only this recipe is so much better! 

orange cream bars.7This bar consists of two basic elements: a sugar cookie crust (and topping) and a buttery, orangey filling. Sweet, light, and delicious, you can use the step-by-step tutorial below and taste these for yourself! 

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You begin with some fresh-squeezed orange juice (and you can make a bit extra, because who doesn’t love fresh-squeezed juice?). 

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1. Combine orange zest and sugar

2. add orange juice

3. add eggs

4. heat, double-boiler style, over low heat. 

orange cream bars.3Next, allow the orange mixture to cool a bit and add the butter so that the mixture can thicken. 

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Next, make the dough:

1. dice butter

2. add butter to the dry ingredients of the sugar cookie dough

3. cut the butter into the dough

4. continue cutting butter until the dough comes together. 

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Press the dough into the pan, add orange mixture, sprinkle extra dough on top. Bake in the oven. 

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Drool at the deliciousness until it’s finally cool enough to cut. 

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Enjoy a slice or two!

Orange Cream Bars
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For the filling
  1. ¾ cup granulated sugar
  2. zest of 1 orange
  3. 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  4. ¾ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  5. 1 cup butter, diced and softened
For the dough
  1. 1 cup granulated sugar
  2. ¾ tsp baking powder
  3. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 10 tbsp. cold butter, diced
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 tbsp. powdered sugar, to top (optional)
  1. 1. Filling: In a bowl of a double boiler, combine the zest and sugar until the mixture resembles wet sand. Whisk in eggs, then orange juice.
  2. 2. Place the bowl over a pot of water, as a double boiler, and allow the mixture to cook until thick (your thermometer should read 175-180F). Remove the bowl from the stove and let cool to about 140F. Slowly add the butter, mixing with either a whisk or an electric mixer. Mix until pale, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. 3. Dough: Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease or line with foil an 8x8 baking pan. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, baking powder, flour, and salt. Cut the butter into the dough. Mixture will be crumbly, but keep on mixing until there are only pea-sized crumbs.
  4. 4. Press half the dough into the baking pan. Pour in all the cream filling. Crumble the rest of the dough on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the bars appear set. Thoroughly chill in the fridge for about 2-4 hours. Top with powdered sugar.
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