Sunday, May 31, 2009
Orange and Nut Squares
When I first made these cookie squares I wasn't sure whether or not I would post them. I had followed the recipe exactly as written but realized that the cookie dough really should not have been baked as long as it was. It really needed to be slightly underbaked. The dough was very hard and just as I suspected was difficult to slice. I did have a feeling though that the jam would soften the dough by the next day and all would be fine. That is exactly what happened. Evidently the jam soaked in the dough overnight and they were very easy to slice the next day and much softer also. They are very good and tasty and you can really use any flavor jam or combo that you would like. They are not the most delicate looking bars but are really quite tasty and you can definitely be creative with them. They're also so easy. Just remember to undercook the cookie dough a little and try to wait to slice them for several hours.....if you can!!!! This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentis
1 package store bought sugar cookie dough
1 cup orange marmalade
1 1/2 cups assorted nuts, toasted and chopped (I used walnuts)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
Preheat 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 (I would check after 20). 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 airtight container.