Take a tray of these heavenly Orange Brownies to the office to wow the gang.
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut up
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Orange-Fudge Frosting (see recipe, below)
Grease an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan melt margarine or butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Add the sugar, eggs, thawed orange juice concentrate, orange peel, and vanilla. Beat by hand just until combined. Stir in flour, nuts, and baking soda until combined. Spread the batter in prepared baking pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes for a fudgy brownie. For a firmer brownie, bake 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread Orange-Fudge Frosting over cooled brownies. If desired, score frosting decoratively with tines of fork. Cut into bars.
Orange Fudge Frosting
In a medium mixing bowl stir together 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Add 3 tablespoons softened margarine or butter, 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, 1 tablespoon boiling water, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute more. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel.
Recipe makes 16 servings.
Serving size: 1 brownie
Calories: 202; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2mg; Cholesterol: 27mg; Sodium: 58mg; Carbohydrates: 28g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 3g
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