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Sunny Citrus Bars

Photo: Alan Richardson; Styling: Betty Alfenito
Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 45 mins
Cool time 1 hr
Yield Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Garnish: orange zest

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat just until a smooth dough is formed. Press into a lightly greased, foil-lined 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, remaining 1/3 cup flour, sugar, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl; pour over baked crust. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. Let cool completely in pan; chill, if desired. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and cut into bars. Garnish, if desired.

  3. Coconut-Pineapple Bars: Prepare crust as directed. Omit orange zest and orange and lemon juices. Add 3/4 cup or 1 (6-ounce) can pineapple juice and 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut to egg mixture. Bake as directed. Garnish with toasted coconut, if desired.

  4. Key Lime Bars: Prepare crust as directed. Omit orange zest and orange and lemon juices. Add 3/4 cup Key lime juice to egg mixture. Bake as directed. Garnish with lime zest, if desired.