Orange Cardamom Chocolate Bars

By Kerstin
January 29, 2011
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Author Notes: I fell in love with cardamom a few years ago when I started drinking chai and have found it’s also lovely in baked goods. This recipe came about while I perusing the fridge one weekend for something to satisfy my sweet tooth. I noticed some orange marmalade my hubby enjoys and was inspired to make cookies flavored with orange and cardamom!

Serves: 16

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade, melted
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Heat oven to 350?F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in egg and vanilla; stir in flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and orange zest until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of greased 8x8-inch square pan. Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Spread melted marmalade evenly over cooled bars. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until marmalade is set.
  3. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and heavy cream uncovered on high 1 minute, stirring once after 30 seconds, or until melted. Spread evenly over marmalade layer. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chocolate ganache is set. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Makes 16 bars.

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