Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Orange Amaretto Citrus Bars - Ready in Just 35 Minutes!

Finger foods, especially bars and brownies, are always the most popular dessert at get-togethers.  So lately every time there is a potluck I am whipping up a batch of another bar or brownie (or even an individual trifle).  I can't seem to get citrus off the brain.  So, for the last pot luck I pulled together these fabulous Orange Amaretto Citrus Bars that are in the oven in just 10 minutes!

Yield: 16
Author: Donna Elick
Orange Amaretto Citrus Bars

Orange Amaretto Citrus Bars

Fabulous Orange Amaretto Citrus Bars that are in the oven in just 10 minutes!
Prep time: 999 MinCook time: 999 MinTotal time: 33 H & 17 M


  • 2 cups plus ¼ cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup plus ¼ cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (about 2 oranges)
  • 2 teaspoon amaretto (almond liqueur) or almond extract
  • 2 drops orange food coloring (if desired to enhance color)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x13-inch pan with baking spray, then line the pan with parchment paper (this will make it easier to remove the bars in one piece so you can cut them properly on a cutting board).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter, and salt with a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Press the dough into the prepared pan so it covers the bottom and goes about ½ inch up the sides. Bake about 15 minutes or until it is a light golden brown.
  3. While the crust is baking, add sugar and zest to a medium size bowl. Smash the zest into the sugar using a fork, until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the remaining ¼ cup flour, eggs, juice and extract (if using food coloring, now it the time to add it).
  4. Remove crust from oven, pour the mixture over the crust.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the center is set (doesn’t jiggle when you shake the pan).
  6. Cut into 18 pieces. Serve and enjoy!
  1. Recipe halves perfectly. Use a 9×9 baking pan

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  1. G'day! Really loved your Citrus Bars, TRUE!
    Now have them on the list to do!
    Cheers! Joanne

  2. yum! I love citrus anything especially it involves baked goods!


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