Melt-in-Your-Mouth Orange Squares
Recipe from Taste of the South



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Yield: approximately 2 dozen
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
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Ingredients
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    2 1/4  cups 
    all-purpose flour, divided
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    1/2  cup 
    ground almonds
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    1/2  cup 
    confectioners' sugar
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    1   tablespoon 
    fresh orange zest, divided
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    1   cup 
    butter, softened
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    1 3/4  cups 
    sugar
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    4   
    large eggs
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    1/3  cup 
    fresh orange juice
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    orange extract
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    baking powder
Garnish:
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    confectioners' sugar

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, almonds, confectioners sugar, and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
3.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
4.
In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, orange juice, remaining 2 teaspoons orange zest, and extract. Combine remaining 1/4 cup flour and baking powder; add to sugar mixture, whisking to combine. Pour over crust.
5.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until set. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, if desired. Cut into squares to serve.
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