Paula Deen’s Orange Brownies

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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.

Orange 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).

Preparing Paula Deen's Orange Brownies.

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.

Adding glaze to Paula Deen's Orange Brownies

An orange-infused sweet glaze is drizzled over the top. It soaks into all of those holes that you created.

Orange Brownies

Let them set up a bit, and them cut them into delicious bites.

Orange Brownies

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 CookiesOrange Cake, Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, and Orange Pistachio Cookies are also delicious orange dessert recipes!

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Paula Deen's Orange Brownies

These have the texture of a brownie, but they're orange instead of chocolate!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 192kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, orange, pauladeen



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  • Margaret M. wrote:

    My sons, age 35 and 15, absolutely love this dessert. I never use the orange flavoring, I cut a couple, three fresh oranges in half and squeeze the juice into the batter and use the zest from the peels also. It is delicious and nothing artificial is used! Anyone visiting, who has tried it, raves about it! Thank you for an easy go to dessert when fruit is abundant in my household.

  • Kathi wrote:

    This is the second time I have made these this time I only used 1 1/2 cups of sugar. We didn’t miss the extra sugar So next time I’ll try using only 1 cup the brownies. ‘This is an easy and delicious dessert!

  • Kathryn wrote:

    Do these freeze well?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I would think so…

  • Melissa Grant wrote:

    I was hoping this would have that classic brownie texture, but it tasted like cake. It was a good orange cake, but not what I was looking for.

  • Hope wrote:

    My family adores these brownies! I do want to let you know that this recipe is featured in Paula Deen’s cookbook, The Lady & Sons Just Desserts, but it is not Paula Deen’s recipe. Robin Wilson created the dessert, and was a finalist in the 39th Pillsbury Bake-Off with her recipe. Robin and her husband visited Paula Deen’s restaurant, and she shared the recipe with Paula Deen. The story is featured in the cookbook.

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  • Kathi wrote:

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

  • Shaila wrote:

    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? 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Sue Fitschen wrote:

    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!

  • poppy malpass wrote:

    These are so delicious

  • june drury wrote:

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

  • anna wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Good tip- thanks!

  • Lin wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      That’s pretty creative! Glad it worked out!

  • Emily wrote:

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

  • Elsie wagner wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Not sure- I didn’t see the show!

  • Anna Maria wrote:

    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!

  • Natalie wrote:

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

  • Debs wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, no leavening agent is needed in this recipe 🙂

  • Haley wrote:

    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.

  • Sonna wrote:

    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!