Tuesday, December 22, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Cookies - Day 10

Wow, Christmas is really creeping up on us, eh?

These bar cookies were so different and tasty - definitely something I had never had before. Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I think FoxyJ said these were her grandmother's own recipe and they're something I'll be making again.

Chocolate Refreshers
1 1/4 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. orange zest
2 tbsp. softened butter
2-3 tbsp milk

Heat oven to 350. Combine dates, brown sugar, butter and water in a pan and cook over low heat until butter melts and dates soften. Remove from heat and immediately stir in chocolate chips until melted. Cool for a few minutes and add eggs. Sift dry ingredients together and add to chcoolate mixture alternately with milk and orange juice. Bland thoroughly and add nuts. Pour into a greasted 15x10x2" (jelly roll size) pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool compltely and glaze. After glaze has set cut into bars.

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