Orange and nut bars

December 7, 2008 mamamichele

I did my first baking of the season today. I tried Giada De Lorentiis’  Orange and Nut Bars. She made these on her show, and they were featured on the Food Network’s 12 cookies of Christmas email series so… I figured they’d be worth a try. Especially since they used pre-made cookie dough that happened to be on sale at Wally’s on friday… AND I had a teeny  jar of marmalade that we filched from a returaunt when we were on vacation.

And they are indeed worth a try.. Here is the recipe as she lists it on the FN site.

Orange and Nut Squares

Orange and Nut Bars.


  • 1 package store bought sugar cookie dough
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 1/2 cups assorted nuts, toasted and chopped (try hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the cookie dough out on a cookie sheet to 1/4-inch thickness (about 9 inches by 12 inches) using your fingertips. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool.

Spread the marmalade over the cookie. Sprinkle with nuts.

In a double boiler over very lightly simmering water, melt the chocolate. Dip a spoon in the melted chocolate and drizzle on top of the cookie. Let cool. Cut the cookie into 12 bars or squares. Serve or store in an airtight container

THIS. is how mine turned out.


Notice that there is a square missing. Also notice that it didnt come out easily, and that MY chocolate is far more “glumpy” than Giada’s. I also added white chocolate chips to mine. These cookies are yummy if you like orange marmalade. Which I am not sure I do.. there is really big hunks of orange peel in marmalade and I think I had forgotten that. I am also sure that Giada did not over bake her sugar cookie base like I did.. mine is pretty crisp. And I think we were shooting for soft and gooey. BUT Thing Two’s verdict was. OHH YUMMY. Thing One did not try it as they were hurtling out the door to go to youth group at the time I finally pried one off of the cookie sheet (flipping it out onto the counter in the process, also bending a favorite spatula all to heck) . but she said that they looked “decadent” which is her word of the day.. so I may have a winner.  Steven, who is not a fan of citrus at all liked the chocolate drizzle that I had left over and ate a huge spoonful of it. Stating. “yall can have the cookies, Im eating this delicious frosting” I didnt tell him that it was only melted chocolate chips.


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