Sunday, January 26, 2014

Orange Brownies

I have never met Carol on the Taste of Home bulletin board, but she is a trusted recipe buddy.  I have never tried a recipe that she has posted that we didn't love.  This one did not disappoint.  Don gave them 2 thumbs up!

Orange Brownies
Carol on Taste Of Home BB

1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. pure orange extract
Grated zest of 1 large orange, reserving 1 tsp. for the glaze
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt


1 c. confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set pan aside.

For the brownies, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the orange extract and zest.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt; add to the creamed mixture and beat until combined.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Remove from oven and immediately pierce the entire top of the brownies with a fork. A meat fork works great for this. 

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange juice and the 1 tsp. reserved orange zest in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour the glaze evenly over the warm brownies. Cool completely before cutting.

Using the excess foil, lift the brownies from the pan to a cutting board; peel the foil away from the sides of the bars. Cut into squares. Makes 24.

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