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Chocolate Orange Bars
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
With a flakey crust and creamy, sweet orange center topped with decadent chocolate and powdered sugar, this dessert is a definite crowd pleaser. Perfect for parties or holidays, it can easily be adapted to gluten free by switching out for a gluten free all purpose flour such as Bob's Red Mill (used in the photos above).
Servings: 15 bars
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Dishing Delish
Ingredients
Crust
  • 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
Filling
  • 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
Toppings
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange zest (optional)
Instructions
Prepare the Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9x13 inch baking dish (if it is not non-stick).
  1. Mix flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a mixing bowl until combined.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  1. Crack four eggs into mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar and flour until combined.
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients (orange zest, orange juice, orange extract, milk and salt) into egg mixture until combined.
  3. 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.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of bars while still warm, allowing the chocolate to melt.
  5. 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.
  6. Eat those delicious, delicious bars immediately. Or share them. Or not. We won't tell.
Recipe Notes

**Nutrition Per 1 Bar**

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.