The other day I was looking through our family cookbook, and came across the recipe for these bars.
I was actually the one who submitted the recipe for these bars, but the funny thing is, I had never actually made them.
When my aunt was collecting recipes for our second family cookbook, I was gathering the recipes I was going to send her and found this little “Santa’s Cookies” cookbook I’d gotten from a school fundraiser a long time ago. I flipped through the pages quickly and these orange sour cream bars caught my eye. I thought they sounded really good so I sent my aunt the recipe without ever even making them. Duh, what was I thinking? What if they were really bad and someone in my family tried them? My reputation as the dessert queen would be ruined! That would not be a good thing, so I decided I’d better make these bars and see what I thought.
Phew. . . .turns out they are really, really good. The frosting is amazing and the hint of nutmeg in the bars is yummy. If you’ve never used or bought whole nutmeg, I highly recommend you do. It’s a little pricey, but lasts forever and the flavor of freshly ground nutmeg is amazing. I bought a bottle a few years ago and I’ve never gone back to the ground stuff.
I can rest easy now because my reputation is still intact. . . .let’s hope it stays that way!
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter , softened
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 3 Tbsp. orange juice
- 1 1/22 cups flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 Tbsp. orange juice
- 2 Tbsp. whipping cream
- 1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
- 3 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine sugar, sour cream and butter in mixing bowl. Beat until creamy. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Spread batter into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Be sure not to overbake). Cool completely and then frost with orange frosting.
To make frosting, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.