Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Orange Brownies

My friend shared this recipe which she had once seen on an episode of Paula Deen,(Food Network). They are a little deceiving because I tend to associate brownies with chocolate and this recipe doesn't call for anything chocolate whatsoever. So once you get your brain turned around, these brownies are so so good! I love the fresh orange flavors and of course the 2 sticks of butter probably help :)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
4 eggs
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.

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