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Before I get into these delicious, chewy, sweet, aromatic Clementine Bars, allow me to tell you a bit about all that happened to get to them.

I should tell you that I have a Friends reference, or quote, for any situation in life.

I’m quoting myself, and a Friends’ character, from a few days ago: “You-you-you-you threw my sandwich away… MY SANDWICH?!?! MY SANDWICH!!!!!!”

Quick, quick – Who am I?!?

Ding Ding Ding! ROSS!

Someone, (it was the hubs) threw away my sandwich. MY SANDWICH! I was saving that for breakfast. Or maybe he ate it!! Which is even worse! That was MY sandwich!

Okay… breathe… I need to get over this. Seriously.

Let’s move on to the next quote.

How about this one: “Man, this is weird. You ever realize Captain Crunch’s eyebrows are on his hat?!” (LOL!!!)

That’s right! That was Joey!

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Joey is not alone in this. I used to think the same thing. I still do. Couldn’t the artist make more room between the man’s hat and his brows. Like, maybe, adding a forehead?! Just a thought.

Are you thinking, “Could she BE any more obsessed with a TV show?” <—-said in Chandler’s voice. icon biggrin Clementine Bars

While it’s clear that I can quote just about every episode of Friends, I should also tell you that I can eat 9 Clementine Bars in the course of 2 days.

For the sake of transparency, I should also tell you that those 2 days didn’t equal to 48 hours. No, it happened in a little more over 12 hours. I ate them all because he threw away (or ATE) MY SANDWICH!!

HA! No Clementine Bars for you, Mister! …and-a-few-thousand-extra-calories-for-me. I didn’t realize that when I was eating them. It was all about revenge. I’m such a brat. I really need to get over this, quick.

Maybe I will forget about it if I turn my attention elsewhere. Like maybe if I write a note to Captain Crunch’s artist and finally ask him/her to give the poor man a forehead.

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I suppose this is the part when I should tell you a bit about these bars, eh? Would you believe that I made them in the microwave? And that it took all of 11 minutes and 13 seconds? It’s true. You don’t have to make them in the microwave. I just thought it would be cool to let you know that you can. I was impressed. This beautiful, 85-year old lady at Church told me that she cooks everything in the microwave, so I decided to try it with these bars. It worked!


Clementine Bars
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Delicious, chewy, sweet, aromatic Clementine Bars with graham cracker crust.
Serves: Makes 9 servings
  • 1-1/2 cups ground graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup fresh clementine juice, 4 to 5 clementines
  • 2 tablespoons clementine zest, divided
  • 1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered Sugar for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Butter an 8x8-inch baking dish, and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the ground graham crackers, melted butter, and 1/2 of the clementine zest. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish and bake for 8 minutes. Set aside.
  5. In your mixer's bowl, beat together the clementine juice, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  6. Pour on top of the crust and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until set.
  7. Cool completely before serving.
  8. Garnish with powdered sugar and the remaining zest.
  9. Cut into squares and serve.
Microwave Method
  1. Butter an 8x8-inch microwave safe baking dish, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground graham crackers, melted butter, and 1/2 of the clementine zest. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  4. In your mixer's bowl, beat together the clementine juice, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  5. Pour on top of the crust and microwave for 10 to 12 minutes, or until set, on MEDIUM-HIGH (about 70%).
  6. Cool completely before serving.
  7. Garnish with powdered sugar and the remaining zest.
  8. Cut into squares and serve.
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23 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. John April 14, 2014 at 5:55 AM - Reply

    Nice post, I’ll try soon.

  2. Julia March 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM - Reply

    There is nothing better than clementines in the winter..they are so juicy and flavorful. These bars look awesome!

  3. Chris March 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM - Reply

    Well, I could also eat 9 clementine bars within two days as they sound and look so luvly. However, I don’t have any …

  4. Terra March 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    He ate your sandwich, SAY WHAT? Well that is not right! Would you believe I really didn’t watch much Friends, only a handful of episodes. I think about watching them on Netflix, but that would be such an investment LOL! Your bars look AWESOME, and love how quick they are to make:-) YUM, Hugs, Terra

  5. mjskit March 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM - Reply

    Don’t you just hate it when someone else eats your food! With my food it was always the janitor. Microwave bars? I saw microwave fudge last night so why not. These do look delicious and I guess eating 9 in 2 days says it all.

  6. Rashida Shaikh March 4, 2013 at 2:32 AM - Reply

    I must say your pics are adorable, drooling here by just thought Hey, “It’s Microwave”
    …great job

  7. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM - Reply

    So pretty…and you made them in the microwave? wow!

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM - Reply

    I have many friends quotes that I say to myself, but using their voices…! weird! Microwave clementine bars, that´s a fantastic recipe Kate! I love clementines.

  9. Ramona March 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    I bet he ate your sandwich. No hubby would throw away a perfectly good sandwich. :) Good for you not leaving him any of these yummy bars. :) LOL!

  10. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) March 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM - Reply

    I was never much of a Friends fan but I can quote every episode of The West Wing. Not that anyone has ever gotten a single reference. The bars look and sound awesome, and it is very cool that you can make them in the microwave!

  11. Monet March 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    Oh no! I hate when that happens! I am very particular about my sandwiches, and my husband accidentally ate mine once. Needless to say, it didn’t happen again! These bars look so very good, my friend. And what a cool way of preparing them. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  12. Carolyn March 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM - Reply

    I will quote friends to the day I die! One of my faves is Rachel saying to Joey “You’re so pretty” when he talked about being dropped off at the movies with a jar of jam and a spoon.

    I love that these were cooked in the microwave!

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM - Reply

    Gorg, I can practically smell the citrus from here! ;)

  14. Valerie March 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM - Reply

    Ha! I never noticed the Captain’s eyebrows. :D
    Also, I never realized that my microwave could be used for something other than popping popcorn (or for storing bread and a stash of Lofthouse cookies).

    Love these bars!! I always buy way too many clementines.

    • Sarah March 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM - Reply

      I always have a hard time using up the clementines before they go bad too! This is awesome! :-)

  15. Averie @Averie Cooks March 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    The graham cracker crust, the clementines, the sweetened cond milk, they’re like lemon bars, but better! And that you made them in the micro??! Crazy impressive!

  16. A_Boleyn March 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    I guess the microwave just has to be used for the right recipe. Too many bars these days. I’ve given up a lot of treats for Lent motivated by the fact that I ate TEN … let me repeat that … TEN … paczki over the course of 3 days before Lent. No bars for me for a while even these very tasty looking ones.

    • Katerina Petrovska March 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM - Reply

      I tried to comment on your site, but the whole comments section is not very friendly with me :) I think it may be better if you can install a simpler comments plugin.

      • A_Boleyn March 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM - Reply

        I don’t know if adding that kind of plug-in is possible with LJ. Most bloggers just comment anonymously and then add their names/blog URLs at the bottom of their comments.

        I’ll look into it.

  17. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    Wait.. What? You made this in microwave? Gotta try this!! Love clementines! Pinning these scrumptiousness!!

  18. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM - Reply

    Oh my stars! I just did “The Chandler” over at my pal Ali’s blog (A Girl Defloured) over a cocktail recipe earlier today. I used the “BE” emphasized, LOL! Friends was such a great show. So quotable…at any given moment in life. Revenge is good when playful…but, sweet revenge (with Clementine Bars) is even better! Thanks for another easy peasy treat recipe, Kate! xo P.S. Yes, poor Cap’n Crunch with those eyebrows!

  19. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM - Reply

    Clever, Kate! I don’t make enough use of my microwave. My mind is spinning around what I could sub for clementines in the summer to keep my kitchen cool . . .

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