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Sunny Orange Cream Bars

I love orange and chocolate!  OK that said, I always liked lime and lemon squares and wondered if I could do the same type of bar cookie with orange.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert bars, orange cream bars
Servings: 9
Calories: 397kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 4 oz stick butter or 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 8 drops yellow food coloring*
  • 2 drops red food coloring*
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour**
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, the confectioner's sugar, the salt and butter. Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Press into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges begin to turn light brown.
  • While crust is baking, prepare filling--in a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, the sugar, and the orange zest. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, combining well. Beat in the orange juice and add food colorings (these are optional).
  • Prepare crumbs--in a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugar and orange zest. Add the flour and mix until it forms a nice, dense crumb--you may have to add additional flour. Add additional flour by tablespoons full until desired consistency is achieved. Stir in the coconut.
  • When crust begins to turn light brown, pour filling over crust. Bake for 15 minutes (or until slightly set). Top with the crumb mixture and bake an additonal 15-20 minutes or until filling is set (it will feel firm to the touch in the center) and crumbs are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and top with chocolate chips. Cool completely, then chill before serving.
  • Makes 9 large bars.
  • *Optional
  • **You may need more flour


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 626IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg