Melt-in-Your-Mouth Orange Squares

Recipe from Taste of the South
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Orange Squares
YIELD
approximately 2 dozen
PREP TIME
20 mins
TOTAL TIME
1 hr
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Ingredients
  • 2 1/4  cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2  cup ground almonds
  • 1/2  cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1   tablespoon fresh orange zest, divided
  • 1   cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4  cups sugar
  • 4   large eggs
  • 1/3  cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking powder
Garnish:
  •  confectioners' sugar
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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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