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Orange dreamsicle bars

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Makes 36 bars

Debbie Voss of Rancho Murieta has fond memories of eating those great creamsicles as a child. They were vanilla and orange ice cream swirled together on a stick. She heard about a cookie or bar that was reminiscent of the creamy treat.

This recipe comes from “The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book” by Camilla v. Saulsbury (Rodale, 2009, 482 pages) and should fill the bill for Voss.

Note: The prep time does not include the 2 hour chill time after bars are baked.

Bar:

One 16.5-ounce roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough

2 tablespoons grated orange zest

Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup orange marmalade

2 large eggs

Frosting:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons milk

2 drops liquid orange food color

2/3 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Break up the cookie dough in an ungreased 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan. Using floured fingers, press cookie dough evenly on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with orange zest. Press zest into the dough.

Beat the cream cheese and marmalade with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for about 1 minute or until well blended. Beat in the eggs until just blended and mixture is smooth. Spread evenly in crust.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and center is set. Cool for 1 hour.

Frosting: Microwave the butter, milk and food coloring in a small microwavable bowl on high for about 30 seconds or just until boiling. Add the white chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Spread mixture evenly over bars. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars.

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