Orange and Rosemary Squares
March 21st, 2010|Filed Under Dessert, Recipes

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I really dislike baking. It’s such a pain in the ass. I wanted to make something light and refreshing for the great weather we are having in NYC, but didn’t know where to turn. A few weeks ago in Charleston, I had a drink made of orange juice, vodka and rosemary. After 6 of them, I though to myself, this would make an awesome dessert! It’s a great blend of sweet and savory. The butter, sugar and rosemary combo becomes very addicting.

I tried making the dough a few times but it never turned out right. Sometimes the dough was too hard and sometimes too soggy. So I borrowed a recipe from my bigheaded friend, Giada. Yes she annoys the shit out of me too, but I was desperate for some help. I know it’s stealing, but reminds of the time my dad took us grocery shopping in NJ. In NJ they have these bins of candy where you can put as much candy in a bag as you want, weigh it and pay per pound. Were the people of NJ really this trusting? Was it stealing if I ate all of the candy in the store instead of putting them in my pocket? Anyway, I changed the recipe enough so I don’t think Giada really deserves any credit, but in case she wants to sue me I need to give her some credit – so here is your credit, biotch!

As you read off this recipe list please use your best Italian immigrant / American born accent, it will make anyone around you want to punch you in the face.


1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup Powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons Orange Zest (about 4 oranges)

1 Zested Lemon


2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

1 1/2 Teaspoon Rosemary – Minced (chop it as fine as you can)

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

Preheat your oven to 325.

Wisk the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth. Using a spoon add all the other ingredients and mix until blended. Take an 8×8 pan, butter and flour it, and add your dough. Wet your hands and create a smooth layer on the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Once your dough is cooked put in the refrigerator for an hour. Take the bars out and cut into little squares. Mix the glazing ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and pour, spoon or drizzle over the refrigerated dough. Put back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and serve.

2 Responses to “Orange and Rosemary Squares”

  1. Bledi says:

    my head is bigger than giada’s!

  2. Krista says:

    she reminds me of a t-rex. you know, big head, little arms, rips into her food like it might be her last meal in the Cretaceous period. love her!

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