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Orange Marmalade Chocolate Chip Bars

What you need: 

1 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg replacers (I used Ener-G)
1 orange, separated as zest and juice
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2- 2 cups orange marmalade (about 15 ounces), divided

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar. Add the almond extract, vanilla extract, egg replacers, orange zest, and orange juice.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ones, and mix. Add in about 1-1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Grease a 9x9" square baking pan. Take a little more than half the dough and press it into the pan; it should be between 1/2-1" thick. Spread a layer of marmalade over the dough, about 1/4" thick.
3. Sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips over the marmalade. Take the rest of the dough and spread it on top of the marmalade layer. I take small balls of dough and press them very flat and thin between my palms, then lay them on top of the marmalade and blend the edges together with my fingers. They don't have to all be perfectly blended, and you can even crumble the dough on top if you like.
4. Spread a very thin layer of marmalade on top of the bars before baking (like a thin glaze), and sprinkle on more chocolate chips if you have them.
5. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.
Source of recipe: This recipe was modified from this one: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/orange-marmalade-bars/Detail.aspx

Preparation Time: 
30-45 minutes, Cooking time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 
25 minutes
Servings: 
16
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Why have I not reviewed this yet? I made these bars weeks ago!
They were awesome! Rich, sticky, orange-y goodness. Also, they made the kitchen smell amazing! Orange ftw!

I didn't have almond, so I used hazlenut, I bought a slightly smaller jar of marmalade, and I reintroduced the cloves from the original recipe. My omni roommates, who stopped questioning vegan baked goods after my first batch of Chocolate Chippers right after we moved in together, declared this one a favorite.
The bars are very rich, though, so small pieces suffice. The most difficult thing was finding marmalade that actually consisted of more oranges than corn syrup...

Thanks for posting this! I probably wouldn't have thought twice about the original recipe, but the addition of chocolate chips really won me over.

I'm so glad you liked them! I was wondering if anyone else would ever try them. I love the orange-chocolate combo, too. They're also good with other kinds of jam (raspberry, cherry, etc).

Thank you for the positive review!

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Why have I not reviewed this yet? I made these bars weeks ago!
They were awesome! Rich, sticky, orange-y goodness. Also, they made the kitchen smell amazing! Orange ftw!

I didn't have almond, so I used hazlenut, I bought a slightly smaller jar of marmalade, and I reintroduced the cloves from the original recipe. My omni roommates, who stopped questioning vegan baked goods after my first batch of Chocolate Chippers right after we moved in together, declared this one a favorite.
The bars are very rich, though, so small pieces suffice. The most difficult thing was finding marmalade that actually consisted of more oranges than corn syrup...

Thanks for posting this! I probably wouldn't have thought twice about the original recipe, but the addition of chocolate chips really won me over.

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