The challenge of adding wine to each recipe is off to a good start! First, we enjoyed some Chocolate Cherry Cordial Pinot Noir Cookies that were a huge success. Now, today we are loving the delicious citrus bars full of sweet wine love. If you have never tried the semi-sweet German wine Gewürztraminer, you’re missing out. The flavors of orange, cinnamon, and even pears will fall on the palette with each sip. It was a perfect wine to include in these citrus bars and it really took the flavor to another level. Who wants a slice of the Gewürztraminer Citrus Bars?
My in-laws are visiting, and I think they are pretty happy to be the guinea pigs for this new recipe. The treat has been enjoyed a lot already and it hasn’t even been 24 hours since they arrived. The bars are not hard to make, perfect for a Summer picnic, and have citrus love in each layer. Here are a few testimonials for the bars:
“Very tasty, love how you can taste the orange zest, and overall they were outstanding.” ~my Dad
“I think these lemon bars are fantastic.” ~my husband (always the comedian)
“Delicious shortbread crust with a tart filling that will tingle the taste buds; a nice touch with a cup of coffee.” ~my Mom
So, yes, it is worth it to give this recipe a try. Remember: using wine in the recipe will not make the bars boozy in any way. The alcohol will cook down and you will be left with the flavors that are added to the wine. That’s why it’s fun picking out wine for a recipe, the flavors that are enhanced in each bottle and how they will make a recipe that much better.
If you are gearing up for the Summer months and starting a list of what to make for the first outside gathering; here are a couple ideas- Orange Cake, Boozy Key Lime Pie, Refreshing Watermelon Lime Sorbet, Bourbon Pineapple Cocktail.
20 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9x13 pan with butter, or line pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
In sauce pan over medium heat, melt down butter, and let cool.
In medium bowl, mix together flour, melted butter, orange zest, sugar, wine, and cinnamon. The dough should be soft, but not sticky, and will be easy to press down in the prepared pan. Make sure the dough is evenly distributed, then bake for only about 10 minutes, or until the crust is partially cooked and lightly browned.
In medium bowl, mix together with mixer, sugar, eggs, flour, orange juice, baking powder, and wine. Once mixed together well, add to partially cooked warm shortbread dough, bake for about 20 minutes depending on oven, the filling should be set and sold, center should be solid and not able to move. Let cool.
In small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, wine, and zest. Pour glaze over the cooled bars.
Bars will stay fresh longer if refrigerated.