Orange Cheesecake Squares

With Grand Marnier Marmalade

Serves 6


Ingredients:

1 package cream cheese, softened
1 C in volume whipped cream (stiff peaks)
Juice of ½ large naval orange (about 2 -3 T)
Zest of 1 orange divided 2/3-1/3
1/3 C granulated sugar
Splash of milk (2% is fine)
3 ½ C crushed graham crackers (about 10-12 crackers)
5 T salted and melted butter
1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
½ C toasted almond slivers
1 C orange marmalade
1 t Grand Marnier liquor
Mint to garnish


Method:

  • ​Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, the butter, the 1/3 zest and the cardamom spice. Mix well with spoon. Press into the bottom of a glass 9 by 9 square baking pan. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove, let cool completely.
  • In another large bowl combine the soft cream cheese, orange juice, 2/3 of the orange zest, splash of milk, and granulated sugar. Mix very well. Then using a spatula, fold in the whipped cream until smooth. If it’s too stiff, add another splash of milk. Pour in and then spread the cheese mixture over the cooled crust. Cover the dish and chill for at least 3 hours so when you cut them they come out nice and pretty.
  • Mix the marmalade with the liquor (which is optional!), and ladle a small bit on top of each served square, top with toasted almonds and mint if you like. (Can use pecans as well.)



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