Orange cream bars

Thursday, March 26, 2009

These are just as pretty as they are delicious...I love pretty food.

What you'll need:

1 roll refrigerated sugar cookies
2 tablespoons grated orange peel (from 2 large oranges)
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 teaspoon orange-flavored liqueur or 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 eggs
3 tablespoons whipping heavy cream
2 drops orange food color (or 2 drops yellow and 1 drop red food color)
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Press cookie dough evenly on bottom and 1 inch up sides of ungreased 13x9-inch glass baking dish. (If dough is sticky, use floured fingers.) Sprinkle evenly with orange peel. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, marmalade and liqueur or extract with electric mixer on medium-high speed about 1 minute or until well blended. Add eggs; beat about 2 minutes or until well blended and mixture is creamy. Spread evenly on crust. Bake 29 to 36 minutes or until crust is golden brown and center is set. Cool 1 hour. In small microwavable bowl, microwave whipping cream and food color uncovered on High about 30 seconds or just until boiling. Add butter and baking chips; stir until chips are melted. Spread mixture evenly over bars. Refrigerate about 1 1/2 hours or until chilled and firm. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. Makes 20 - 24 bars.

Cost:
refrigerated cookie dough - $2.25
cream cheese - $2.06
sugar - $1.99/4 lb bag
marmalade - $2.12
eggs - $1.09/ dozen
whipping cream - $1.49
white chocolate - $2.50
Total - $8.26

1 of my favorite chefs had this to say....:

sherri said...

This does look beautiful and so springy!

I bet it is delicious.

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