Orange Brownies

Soft orange brownies are bright and delicious. They are topped with a citrus glaze, for orange-flavored perfection.

Orange brownies are simply yum. They are light and bright alternative to a rich classic. For more Orange-y recipes try Cranberry Orange Bread, Copycat Orange Julius, and Orange Juice Smoothie.

orange brownies stacked on a white plate

Citrus Season

Citrus season in Arizona begins in December and lasts through March. It has been one of our favorite traditions to gather citrus from the backyard and to make yummy treats and drinks with it.

From Lemon Bars to Orange Julius, fresh citrus has been so handy for some of the recipes we make, including today’s Orange Brownies.

We first had them when one of our friends brought them over and we instantly fell in love. How can you not love a delicious, soft bar with hints of orange and topped with a glaze?

I’m telling you – SO GOOD!

brownie batter in a white bowl

how to make them

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan (optional: line with parchment paper). Preheat the oven to 350°F

WET INGREDIENTS. Add the butter and sugar to a medium bowl and mix until they are creamed together.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Mix in the salt, eggs, orange extract and orange zest. Stir until just combined. Add the flour and stir until ingredients are combined and smooth.

BAKE. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

orange brownies in a glass dish

the Glaze

SIFT. Begin by sifting the powdered sugar into a small bowl to make sure it is smooth and free of any clumps.

MIX. Add the orange juice and orange zest, then mix until the glaze is smooth.

POUR. Once the orange brownies have cooled you can pour the glaze over the top. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to set before cutting.

glazed orange brownies in a glass pan

Tips + SToring Info

If obtaining pure orange extract is tricky for you, I suggest using a few teaspoons of frozen orange juice concentrate. You can also use extra orange zest.

When a recipe calls for zest it’s usually referring to small grates pieces from the peel of a citrus fruit normally lemons or oranges. You can buy a citrus zester or simply use the small section on a box cheese grater. 

I just wanted to note that different ovens can change the bake time as do different pans. Glass and ceramic dishes tend to need longer bake times than metal pans. Bake until lightly golden and batter has set. 

STORE the orange brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

To FREEZE, place each bar into a fold top sandwich bag and put them together in a freezer Ziploc. If you want to freeze the brownies in a larger block to be cut later, then wrap the entire block with plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze. Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Orange brownies stacked on a white plate

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Orange Brownie Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Soft orange brownies are bright and delicious. They are topped with a citrus glaze, for orange-flavored perfection
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 232 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Brownie Base

  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 c butter softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs room temp
  • 2 tsp pure orange extract
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 ½ c all purpose flour

Glaze

  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Instructions
 

Brownie Base

  • Grease a 9×13 pan (optional: line with parchment paper). Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Add the butter and sugar to a medium bowl and mix until they are creamed together.
  • Mix in the salt, eggs, orange extract and orange zest. Stir until just combined.
  • Add the flour and stir until ingredients are combined and smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Glaze

  • Begin by sifting the powdered sugar into a small bowl to make sure it is smooth and free of any clumps.
  • Add the orange juice and orange zest, then mix until the glaze is smooth.
  • Once the brownies have cooled you can pour the glaze over the top. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to set before cutting.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for these amazing orange brownies. I would have never thought of it but now I can’t stop eating them.

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t get enough of these brownies! Loving this citrus version. The glaze is absolutely delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so good! I love the bright orange flavor. Absolutely perfect with both a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. So delicious. This is one of my new favorites! Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    If you are even slightly thinking about making these, just do it! They are super easy. These are the best baked orange treat I’ve ever had.