Saturday, June 26, 2010
Cookie Recipe #175 - Orange-Coconut Bars
This is a chewy, orangish-tasting bar; refreshing on a hot, summer day.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, divided, 1/4 cup butter, cold, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 2 slightly beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, 3 tablespoons orange juice, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup coconut.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 18-20 minutes or until golden.
Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, the eggs, the 2 tablespoons flour, orange peel, orange juice, and baking powder. Beat on low about 2 minutes or until combined. Stir in coconut.
Pour topping over baked crust and return to oven for about 20 minutes or until edges are light brown and center is set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Cut into 16 bars and serve.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.