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Orange Walnut Bars - December, 2018.

The holiday season will bring out the best of your baking. You can serve yummy bars like these when folks come over and also give a festive box as a neighborly gift!

This is my basic blondie recipe. I raised the taste bar by adding freshly squeezed orange juice and zest. Citrus and chocolate are a great combination, so consider a ½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips. I usually don’t, but chocolate is always a plus. Switch to pecans instead of walnuts, if you prefer.

Find this recipe on pages 128 & 129 of Fat Witch Cookbook.

  • Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 ¾ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (1 medium orange)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • ½ cup walnuts and additional 12 to 16 for top of bars
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • Directions
  • Grease a 9” square baking pan with butter or vegetable oil.
  • Dust with flour and tap out the excess
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter and sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently.
  • When smoothly combined, remove the pan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the butter mixture into a medium-sized mixing bowl
  • Beat in the eggs until blended.
  • Add in the orange juice and vanilla and mix thoroughly
  • Measure the flour, baking powder, salt and then sift directly into the butter batter.
  • Mix gently until well combined and no trace of dry ingredients remains.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir in the orange zest, nuts (walnuts or pecans) and if desired, chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan.
  • Put whole walnuts or pecans in 12-16 places on the top of the batter.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean or with only crumbs.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a rack for 1 hour. Cut just before serving.
  • Makes 12-16 bars
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Product will stay fresh for 5 days at room temperature. Serve at room temperature.
If desired, refrigerate immediately for 3 weeks or freeze for 3 months.

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