These Orange Brownies are a delicious recipe that was originally created by Paula Deen. Orange replaces chocolate in these bars that have a similar texture to brownies.
This Orange Brownies recipe (by Paula Deen) had been recommended to me. I was thinking… ‘ok, must be a nice chocolate brownie with a hint of orange.’ Then I got my hands on the recipe and discovered that it’s more of a cakey orange bar. It’s brownie-like in terms of texture, but it’s just not chocolate. (Kind of like those deceptively titled Butterfinger Brownies that I blogged about a while back).
The base is baked up (no boxed cake mix involved here), and then it’s poked all over with a fork or a skewer or anything of the pointy sort.
An orange-infused sweet glaze is drizzled over the top. It soaks into all of those holes that you created.
Let them set up a bit, and them cut them into delicious bites.
Orange zest and even orange extract are included within. If you like a dessert with a fresh orange flavor, these are excellent.
In true Paula Deen fashion, they contain 2 sticks of butter. But hey, it’s dessert- a once in a while treat. I’ve served these at many parties, and they are always a bit hit. To serve a small crowd, I would suggest making a platter with a few of these on it and a few Butterfinger Brownies too. You might just have people following you home.
If you’re looking for a few more orange sweet treats, I suggest you try my Iced Orange Cookies or these Chocolate Orange Cookies. Orange Cake, Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, and Orange Pistachio Cookies are also delicious orange dessert recipes!
Paula Deen's Orange Brownies
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure orange extract (or orange oil)
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 cup powdered sugar (measure, then sift)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13x9-inch pan with nonstick spray.
PREPARE THE BROWNIES:
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter, eggs, orange extract and orange zest and beat with hand mixer until well-blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce the top of entire cake with a skewer or a fork.
PREPARE THE GLAZE:
- Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Add more juice, if needed to create a pouring consistency. Pour the glaze over the cake. Cool the cake and cut into 24 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.