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Chocolate Orange Gems

Ingredients
  Butter flavored solid vegetable shortening 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Firmly packed light brown sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Egg 1 Large
  Orange juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Grated orange zest 1 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 2 1⁄4 Cup (36 tbs)
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chocolate mini baking bits 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
  Coarsely chopped pecans 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Orange marmalade 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Vanilla glaze 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg, orange juice and orange zest. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Stir in "M&M's" Chocolate Mini Baking Bits and nuts. Reserve 1 cup dough; spread remaining dough into ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Spread marmalade evenly over top of dough to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved dough by teaspoonfuls randomly over marmalade. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Do not overtake. Cool completely; drizzle with Vanilla Glaze. Cut into bars. Store in tightly covered container.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Egg
Interest: 
Kids, Party
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes

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