Creamy Orange Bars With Almond Shortbread Crust

Creamy Orange Bars With Almond Shortbread Crust

Tangy, sweet, and creamy smooth, these orange bars will quickly become a favorite treat. The crust is made with almond and a touch of orange zest to add flavor as well as a crunchy texture. Perfect for a snack at home or at work.
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

Crust:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Orange Cream:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 oranges zest & juice*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Optional toppings:

  • Icing sugar
  • Sliced almonds

Instructions
 

Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” baking pan, and line with parchment paper.
  • Cut the butter into chunks in a large mixing bowl. Beat until it is creamy in texture.
  • Add the sugar and continue to beat until it has a fluffy consistency.
  • Now, add the flour, almond meal, orange zest and salt until well combined.
  • Form the dough into a ball and press it into the bottom of the baking pan you’ve prepared.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The edges should just be starting to show a golden brown color.

Filling:

  • Measure the sugar and flour into a bowl and stir together to combine.
  • Add the eggs and whisk until blended.
  • Add the orange juice and zest last, blending them into the mixture.
  • Pour over the hot crust and bake an additional 20 minutes or so. The filling should be set.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to dust with powdered sugar and/or sliced almonds if desired.

Notes

*Note: the 4 oranges should make about 1 cup of juice
Keyword Oranges
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