Paula Deen’s Orange Brownies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Paula Deen’s Orange Brownies

Yield: 24 squares

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Paula Deen's Orange Brownies

Okay, so they're not *really* brownies, but this orange version is absolutely delicious...


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure orange extract (or orange oil)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 cup powdered sugar, measure then sift
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
2 Tablespoons + fresh orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan.

2. Prepare brownies: In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract and orange zest and beat with handheld mixer until well-blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a skewer or a fork.

3. Prepare Glaze: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Add more juice, if needed to create a pouring consistency. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.


*Do you have to use the orange extract? Yep... if you want the super-orangey flavor that is supposed to come out in these brownies to really show up, you'll need the orange extract. You can pick up a good orange extract that doesn't have that *artificial* flavor at Whole Foods, or you can find orange oil at baking/cooking supply stores.

Source: (Adapted from Paula Deen)

19 Responses to “Paula Deen’s Orange Brownies”

  1. postedMar 29, 2009 6:46 PM

    excellent recipe! fast, easy & delicious.
    I was concerned b/c the batter was very thick.
    i added orange juice to thin it out some.
    absolutely, delicious, moist and marvelous.
    can’t wait to share recipe with family!


  2. postedJul 4, 2009 11:56 AM

    I have made these several times and they are always a huge hit! The original recipe I have includes 1 tsp. of orange zest in the glaze, too. It adds a nice texture and flavor.

  3. postedJun 20, 2011 12:09 AM

    These have no leavening agent to make them rise. Are you sure it’s all-purpose flour you use???

    • postedJun 20, 2011 6:42 AM

      Yes, no leavening agent is needed in this recipe 🙂

  4. postedJun 28, 2011 11:58 PM

    Oh yum yum yum!! I am a huge fan of orange.

  5. postedDec 20, 2011 2:58 AM
    Anna Maria

    These have been made by a family member and from what I have heard is that they are a big hit when she took them to a gathering. So, I have a gathering to go to myself and normally my friend’s will just about eat anything I make…these sound yummy enough for me to take for Dessert there. I think I will kick it up a notch and add drained crushed pineapple to mine just cause I love orange & pineapple together, I know these will be Delish…Can’t wait to make these!

  6. postedMar 20, 2012 7:46 AM
    Elsie wagner

    is this the same recipe as the one on the show yesterday with the orange cream cheese frosting?

    • postedMar 20, 2012 8:37 AM

      Not sure- I didn’t see the show!

  7. postedJan 7, 2013 6:09 PM

    This isan awesome recipe. Whenever my friends have a party, they ask me to make them!

  8. postedFeb 5, 2013 4:39 PM

    The brownies turned out great! I changed up the recipe a little bc I didn’t have powdered sugar.. I just so happened to have orange creamsicle popsicles in the freezer so I melted 4 of them on low heat and used that as my glaze and they were yummy.

    • postedFeb 5, 2013 8:34 PM

      That’s pretty creative! Glad it worked out!

  9. postedApr 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    I have been making these a few years and never use extract.You can get great fresher orange flavor with few tsp of frozen orange juice concentrate.

    • postedApr 8, 2013 7:49 PM

      Good tip- thanks!

  10. postedApr 16, 2013 7:24 AM
    june drury

    i think the sugar was to much,put half a cup less sugar in recipe

  11. postedDec 27, 2013 3:50 PM
    poppy malpass

    These are so delicious

  12. postedNov 1, 2015 5:04 AM
    Sue Fitschen

    My Mom made these many yrs ago and thank good I found this recipe as hers was lost! I poke holes in the top like a poke cake and the glaze soaks in. I also add grated orange to the glaze. Enjoy!

  13. postedNov 8, 2016 4:25 PM

    What can I replace the orange extract with? It’s not easy to get good orange extract where I am. Can I just add orange juice and if so in what quantity? 

    • postedNov 8, 2016 7:15 PM

      I’d probably try adding some orange zest if you don’t have extract…

  14. postedApr 8, 2017 5:30 PM

    Made these several times, they are the best!. Orange extract gives them that deep orange flavor. So quick and easy to put together.

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