Thursday, May 24, 2012

Orange you glad.

I couldn't resist. There's no banana in this recipe though. Just orange brownies. ORANGE BROWNIES, PEOPLE. Can you even handle it?! But there's no chocolate in this recipe. It would more accurately be referred to as orange cake-like square desserts, but what do you call something of the brownie density and variety that's not a brownie? I have no idea.

So Orange Brownies.

Like most great ideas, this started with a romp on Pinterest and an upcoming cookout. This recipe had me at 'zest.' I will use any excuse to break out the zester, something I'm sure my dad and his impulsive Ikea purchases is proud of.

Orange Brownies
adapted from here

- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 2 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 4 eggs
- 4 tsp. orange juice (I used Simply Orange: Lots of Pulp)
- 1 tsp. orange zest (zest of small orange)


- 2 c. confectioners sugar
- 1/4 c. orange juice (you can use the oranges you zest, but zest first, than squeeze)
- zest of small orange

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a glass 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt.  Add butter, eggs, orange juice and zest.  Combine until all the ingredients are incorporated together and you have a nice thick batter.

Pour or scoop batter into prepared pan and evenly distribute into the pan using your spatula. Just because I could, I squeezed some of the juice from the orange that I zested on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Make glaze by whisking all glaze ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour glaze evenly over the top, using a spatula as need to distribute glaze evenly.  Place pan on wire rack and let cool before cutting and serving.

I got rave review for the refreshing factor of these on a hot day. ENJOY!


  1. making these for a class thing tomorrow. just as i was thinking, ugh, what should i make, other people are bringing chocolate etc., you have this on the blog. problem solved. amazing!

    1. ah, i love it! i hope you find them just as delightful :) the original recipe used orange extract instead of the 4 tsp of orange juice in the batter, but the grocery store didn't have it when i went and i wasn't making another trip - just in case you want to try the for real version.


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