This week’s recipe is another favorite of mine. It seems I’m sharing only my favorites with you! You wouldn’t have it any other way, would you? Anyway, I’ve always been a fan of chocolate and oranges and when you add those two together, I get very excited. 🙂 This recipe is one I tried the first time only a few years ago but I enjoyed it so much that I repeat it again every once in a while, not only at Christmas time. It’s a little on the sweet side, particularly the icing but it’s a delicious soft square that any fans of orange-chocolate combinations will love.
Chocolate Orange Drops
1/2 cup – butter or margarine
4 ozs./125 g. – cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup – icing or confectioner’s sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp – grated orange rind
1 tsp – vanilla
1 cup – all purpose flour
1/2 tsp – salt
1 cup – chocolate chips
Beat butter and cream cheese together until light.
Add icing sugar and egg. Beat until smooth.
Add rind and vanilla. Stir.
Mix in flour, salt and chocolate chips.
Spoon into greased 9″x9″ square baking pan. Bake in 350F (175C) for 25-30 minutes. Let cool before spreading icing.
4 ozs./125g. – cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp – frozen concentrated orange juice
1-1/2 cups – icing or confectioner’s sugar
(Note: this recipe actually calls for 3 tbsp of the frozen juice. I did that and ended up having to add about 3 cups of icing sugar to even out the consistency well enough to spread without having it drip all over the place. If you prefer a dessert on the sweet side, then add more sugar and juice. If you’d rather have less sweetness, reduce the juice even further, to 1 tbsp, and you’ll need less icing sugar.)
Beat cream cheese with orange juice. Add icing sugar and beat. Add more icing sugar or juice depending on your desired consistency or sweetness.
Spread over cooled bars. Refrigerate. Let soften before cutting into squares to serve.
Take care and happy reading/eating!