I knew these were gonna be good! This recipe comes from the wonderful MMHoney, who I wrote about last week when I visited her in her cute house and she showed me so many of her lovely vintage things.
Several people asked about the recipe, because you’re all a bunch of enablers! So, of course, I had to make it!!
How to make Toffee Orange Bars:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
For the base, cut butter into the cup of flour till it resembles coarse crumbs.
Press into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan.
Bake at 350-degrees for 15 minutes; do not brown.
For the filling, combine eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. I have this little tiny whisk that I love to use for little tiny jobs like whisking two eggs.
I love that little tiny whisk almost as much as I love my cow. (I’M JUST KIDDING, BEULAH PETUNIA!)
The recipe didn’t say packed or not on the brown sugar, so I packed it. You really can’t go wrong with brown sugar.
Add the two tablespoons of flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in nuts and coconut.
That’s a lotta nuts.
Spread over baked base. Bake for 25 minutes at 350-degrees. Cool.
For the frosting, cream the butter, orange peel, and salt. Blend in the powdered sugar and orange juice, alternating. Spread frosting over cooled bars.
I have to admit that I really dislike sifting powdered sugar, and if you don’t sift it, your icing is lumpy. This icing is worth the sifting.
Use fresh oranges for the juice and peel. You won’t be sorry.
If you can actually stand to share these, take them to a party or potluck or a holiday get-together. They are to die for and you’ll get raves. Or keep them your own little secret and eat them all by yourself.
All I know is, you can’t have any of mine!