Orange Bars

filed under: Bars on June 22, 2019

Orange Bars are the perfect dessert for anyone who loves oranges! Packed with flavor and seriously sweet, these bars are the perfect summertime treat! Don’t miss my Lemon Bars and Strawberry Bars for more great hot weather desserts!

Orange Bars

Orange Bars Recipe

What is an orange bar? They are loaded with real orange and are sweet, buttery perfection. Fresh orange juice paired with orange zest creates a wonderful flavor that is only amplified by the rich butter crust. Orange bars are exactly like Lemon Bars, only not as tart or acidic.

How to Make Orange Bars

How to Make Orange Bars

Let’s start with the crust. The ingredients are simple:

  • butter
  • confectioners sugar
  • flour

Cut up the cold butter into cubes. In a large bowl add the sugar and flour and then better. Using your hands (my preferred method, you can also use a pastry cutter or food processor) break up the butter until each piece is coated with the flour and sugar mixture and no bigger than the size of a pea. I have made this crust with room temperature butter and while it was faster (the butter is much easier to incorporate) it does make quite a mess!

Orange Bars Crust

Take the mixture and pour it into a 9×13 pan that is lined with parchment paper. You can also use non-stick spray or coat with butter & flour.

Press it flat with your hand and then use a kitchen cup to really press it down, getting as even a layer as possible.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown, like in the image above.

Orange Bar Filling

How to Make the Filling

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. You will need:

  • eggs
  • granulated sugar
  • flour
  • fresh orange juice

My oranges were quite large so I only used one, but you will need about 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Add eggs to a large bowl and whisk. To that add the sugar, flour, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk well until the ingredients are fully incorporated and no lumps remain.

When the crust is done baking, carefully remove it from the oven and then pour the filling over the hot crust. Place it back into the oven for 20 minutes.

When it is done baking, remove from oven and let the bars cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Perfect Orange Bars

Tips for Perfect Orange Bars

Room temperature ingredients are key! I teach you how to quickly warm up butter and eggs here.

Lining your pan with parchment is optional, but it does help for easy removal.

Do you want to get as much juice as possible from the orange? Take the orange and roll it on the counter roughly, pressing hard. This will help to loosen up the juices before extraction. Another tip I heard was to pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and then juice.

Orange Bars Recipe

Can You Make Gluten Free Orange Bars?

Make these bars Gluten-Free simply by using an interchangeable Gluten-Free flour. I used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend and it worked beautifully.

How to Store Orange Bars

While these bars can be kept out at room temperature for several hours, they should be refrigerated if you can’t finish off the pan the same day you make it. If you know that you are going to be storing them, try to only cut off the pieces you need, not cutting up the entire pan into bars. (Hint: This also means nice crisp cuts when you serve them cold!) I usually place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the bars and then cover with foil. Orange bars can be stored for several days in the refrigerator.

If you are freezing the orange bars I like to cut them into individual size portions and then wrap each bar with plastic wrap. Date it and stack neatly in your freezer. To thaw, either place bars in the refrigerator the night before using or leave on the counter to come to room temperature.

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Orange Bars
Orange Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
50 mins

These Orange Bars are packed with orange flavor and seriously sweet!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange bars
Servings: 12
Calories: 238 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, cold
  • 1 cup (126g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups (252g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (32g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (up to 1 tablespoon, but zest can be strong so start with less)
  • confectioners sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, blend together cubed butter, flour and sugar with a pastry cutter, a food processor, or your hands. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan lined with parchment paper.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are just starting to brown.

  1. In a large bowl, crack eggs and whisk them.

  2. To the eggs, add sugar, flour, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk well, until no clumps remain. Pour over the baked crust after it is done baking.

  3. Once the filling has been added, bake for an additional 20 minutes. (Do not cover.)

  4. Remove from oven and let bars cool to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator for at 2 hours then dust with confectioners sugar before serving.

  5. Cut into squares and serve.

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  • marny says:


  • Susan says:

    These look good. Do you think they would with an all-purpose gluten free flour?

  • Nancy M Perine says:

    Hello! I really enjoyed wandering through your website/blog. Your receipe for Orange Bars caught my eye. I had everything on hand .. even the fresh oranges. I had fun making this and it was a bit hit with everyone. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kate says:

    My son loves orange, so I knew this was a recipe I had to try. It is absolutely delicious! The orange cuts through some of the sweetness, making it perfectly balanced. This may be my new go-to instead of lemon bars. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

  • Svetlana Peterson says:

    Can I substitute almond flour instead of all-purpose?

  • Deni says:


  • Barbara says:

    I really enjoy watching website. Can you make lemon bar using your orange bar recipe?

  • Vivian says:

    I converted these to gluten free because I have Celiac Disease and they are so delish. Amazing recipe!

  • Rae says:

    Excellent share!!

  • Jessica says:

    When do you add in the zest? Maybe I missed that in the instructions but I don’t see it.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Jessica! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. The zest is added in the filling, after the eggs and along with the sugar, flour, and orange juice. Have a great day!

  • Nirm says:

    I don’t have an oven, so I’m trying these stovetop. Wish me luck. I adore lemon squares, never tried orange ones. I’ll let you know the verdict.

  • Anu says:

    Baking soda / powder not required??

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, the recipe is correct as written.

  • Sandy says:

    When do you put the orange zest on?

  • Heather says:

    These were SO good. Couple notes – I made them gluten free subbing the bob’s red mill 1×1 flour and they turned out great.
    -I think i missed where i was supposed to use orange zest – it was listed on the ingredients but no where in the instructions.
    -I had to bake mine for almost 30 minutes before it set. Not sure if it had to do with how long i had to mix – it took quite a while to get the lumps out, so i may try dissolving the dry ingredients with some of the wet first so there weren’t so many lumps. Maybe it was the GF flour.
    Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Heather! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. I am glad you enjoyed the bars, and I have updated the instructions to include the orange zest in the instructions. A couple of reasons your bars took a little longer to bake could be humidity or differences in ovens. We have not made these bars with gluten-free flour, so we have not been able to replicate a longer mixing time. Have a great day!

  • hailee says:

    why are my bars soupy still and i followed directions correctly? i’ve had them in the oven for about 25 mins now.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      They may just need to bake a little longer.

  • Miranda says:

    These looked soooo yummy! I had all the ingredients so I made them right away, followed recipe exactly. Used 2.5 oranges (2/3 cup) plus zest but they did not taste much like orange. Color was not the same either and the shortbread bottom was soft. 😟 I love lemon bars with their shortbread cookie bottoms but this was sadly no where near as good. They were certainly as sweet as lemon bars but the citrus flavor was missing. I used the sweetest Cara Cara oranges too! Not sure if I would try to make them again… If I did, I would add vanilla, and a pinch of salt to the shortbread and bake it longer, then let it cool before adding the orange filling. I would also add orange extract to the filling. Not sure how I would achieve the beautiful orange the color though. ☹️

  • Betty says:

    If oranges are sweet why would the recipe need a cup and and a half sugar ?

  • Mookie says:

    I was skeptical at first, but these blew me away. I love them and I highly recommend!

  • Debbiedo says:

    I dont have orange zest I have dried orangpeel can I use thst

  • Emily says:

    So good! I used gluten free (1-1) flour and they turned out awesome ( I did add like two extra table spoons of butter to the crust because I always add some extra liquids when working with gf flour) and they were awesome! Mine are not quite as vibrant in color but def delish!

  • Trin says:

    Great! Taste good, but they in my northern climate didn’t bake fully with the filling on in just 20 minutes. I’d go for an extra 15 if you struggle with this, and if not then, go for maybe a 10 or 5. Anyways, delish!

  • JacquiMiller says:

    Can the Orange Bars be frozen for a week or longer, then thawed?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, JacquiMiller! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. If you are freezing the orange bars, cut them into individual size portions and wrap each bar with plastic wrap. To thaw, either place bars in the refrigerator the night before serving or leave them on the counter to come to room temperature. Have a wonderful day!