Chocolate Orange Bars Recipe
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I’m about to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes to bring to parties or serve at family get-together. These sweet, creamy, delicious chocolatey-orange bars are always a hit with my taste-testers, and sometimes a good bribe (you know, just in case…). You can use regular all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour, this recipe works at a 1-1 ratio so use what you need to. I like these bars best when they’re cold from being in the refrigerator for a few hours, but my fiancé really likes to eat them right out of the oven. Just remember if you decorate them right out of the oven, the powdered sugar will melt and not look as pretty.
Chocolate Orange Bars
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 12 tbsp butter, unsalted, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 4 eggs, large, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cup white sugar, granulated
- 3 tbsp all purpose gluten free flour
- 2 tbsp orange zest, (about one orange)
- 2/3 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed or store-bought
- 1/3 cup milk, whole or 2%
- 2 tsp orange extract
- 1 small pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp orange zest, (optional)
Prepare the Crust
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9x13 inch baking dish (if it is not non-stick).
- Mix flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a mixing bowl until combined.
- Cut in butter, or use a cheese grater and grate butter into bowl. Using your hands, work flour and butter together until combined into a crumbly dough.
- Place dough in greased baking pan and evenly distribute, pressing down with your hands until you have about a 1/4-1/2 inch crust on the bottom of the dish. Place this in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Remove crust from refrigerator and bake in oven for about 15 minutes, or until crust begins to turn golden brown. Once you see this, remove crust from oven and set aside. You can begin preparing your filling while this is baking.
Prepare the Filling
- Crack four eggs into mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar and flour until combined.
- Whisk remaining ingredients (orange zest, orange juice, orange extract, milk and salt) into egg mixture until combined.
- Pour topping mixture over warm crust an return to the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until center of the bars is just firm to the touch, and remove from oven.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of bars while still warm, allowing the chocolate to melt.
- After bars are cool, sprinkle (or sift, if you have a sifter) powdered sugar on top of bars. Add orange zest decoratively around on top and cut into bars.
- Eat those delicious, delicious bars immediately. Or share them. Or not. We won't tell.
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