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Orange Blondies

August 6, 2012

ORANGE BLONDIES

This is probably the third time now that I have made these. I think they come out so wonderful! They are a perfect bar for the summertime, full of bright orange flavor. Although I’m not big on citrus myself, I have always loved creamsicles. It used to be one of my favorite ice cream pops when I was a kid. I liked ice cream pops, not juice pops. Juice pops are too icy for my tastes. Ice cream pops are creamy and yummy : ) love them! But regardless of how I feel about ice pops, these bars just remind me so much of a creamsicle. Although technically their flavor is more orange than anything else since there is no vanilla in the recipe. But that’s an easy change to make : )

They are a cakier brownie/bar than most chocolate brownies which might make a difference to some people, but I didn’t find them too cakey. They have a slight chew to them to balance out the cakiness. I suppose those few statements are a bit contradictory, but it’s hard to describe the exact texture of these haha.

ORANGE BLONDIES

The very best part of these bars is that you don’t really have to follow the “creaming method”. You just mix up the flour, sugar, and salt, then mix in the remaining wet ingredients all together. VERY quick. Although, being one to follow methods, this kind of bothers me and most of the time I do end up using the creaming method. But! I have done both and there seems to be very little difference with the outcome of each. The “beat it all together” method might leave you with a more domed bar, but that’s all really.

Be advised– do NOT skip out on the glaze. It is what takes these bars to the next level. As soon as they come out of the oven you poke them with a fork and spread on the glaze. This allows the glaze to soak right into the little holes and gives you little bursts of moistness and flavor with each bite. I’m tellin’ ya, the glaze makes the bar!

ORANGE BLONDIES

Orange Blondies
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork.
  3. Glaze: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over warm cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.

adapted from Paula Deen

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Sasha @ The Procrastobaker August 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I love citrus anything, lovelovelove it, but don’t know if Ive ever made anything orangey…which is just plain wrong! ADORE the look of these, just beautiful! 🙂

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