20 Outstanding Orange Desserts

Hints of orange add brightness and sparkle to these irresistible desserts. Our collection of citrus-flavored sweets includes bright bars, zesty cookies, and tart candies, plus phenomenal orange cakes and cupcakes.

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    Blood Orange Bars

     

     

    Fresh-squeezed blood orange juice gives these luscious baked bars the perfect touch of tartness. Piled onto a buttery crust, the orange dessert gets an extra hint of sweetness from a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
     
     
     
     
    Orange Dessert Tip: If blood oranges aren't in season, substitute regular oranges for an equally delicious citrus-packed sweet.
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    Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

    Brighten traditional pound cake with shredded lime peel, orange peel, and grapefruit juice. The triple-threat dessert can be made and frozen up to a month in advance.

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    Citrus Granita

    Italian shaved ice becomes a refreshing summertime dessert when blended with orange juice, lemon juice, and chunky chopped orange. Garnish the frozen dessert with lemon wedges and fresh mint sprigs.

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    Almond-Clementine Lace Cookies

    Stuff chewy almond lace cookies with a hearty helping of whipped cream flavored with sweet clementine juice. Bend the orange cookies into cones or keep them flat, and top with the fluffy frosting.

     

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    Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies

    For the ultimate make-ahead treat, try our orange and ginger icebox cookies. The citrus cookie recipe makes up to 70 cookies that can be stored in the freezer for 3 months.

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    Mandarins and Ice Cream Cake

    The bottom layer of this cool treat is made from crushed biscotti, while the middle layer features a rich combination of vanilla ice cream and mascarpone. Orange sorbet tops the confection, which is served with an orange marmalade sauce studded with fresh clementines or tangerines.

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    Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

    Re-create the dreamy flavors of childhood cream pops with these fun summer cupcakes. A blend of cheesecake pudding and orange gelatin create the tasty cupcake batter.

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    Blood Orange Pound Cake

    Give pound cake a ruby-red makeover with juicy slices of blood orange. The sweet-tart cake recipe makes an impressive dessert for any occasion.

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    Frosted Blood Orange Cookies

    Ditch the sprinkles and top these refreshing orange cookies with candied citrus threads. The sugary orange peels give a sweet crunch to the refreshing summer treat.

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    Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Chocolate chips pair with a silky orange-flavored batter for melt-in-your-mouth muffins that are perfect for breakfast and snacking alike. A buttery streusel topping of chopped walnuts and mini chocolate chips finishes the muffins with a crunch.

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    Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

    A double dose of chocolate and orange makes for ultra-luxe brownies the whole family will fall for. We recommend making a double batch -- the citrus dessert can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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    Orange-Ginger Ricotta Tart

    Whip out this showstopping orange dessert the next time company comes calling. Not only does ricotta cheese make every bite silky smooth, but a topping of melted orange marmalade and orange slices creates an impressive display.

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    Cranberry and Orange Strudel

    Cranberries, tart apple, orange peel, and chopped pecans stuff these flaky, fruit-filled pastries. The baked dessert gains flavor from fresh rosemary sprigs and a buttery brown sugar syrup.

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    Mocha-Orange Bark

    Take the classic combination of chocolate and orange to the next level with a simple sprinkling of coffee beans. Be sure to make a double batch of this orange dessert -- not only will you love eating it, but the candy recipe makes a terrific gift.

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    Chocolate-Orange Macaroons

    For macaroons that pack a light citrus bite, stir in a teaspoon of orange peel. The classic coconut cookies become even more indulgent when drizzled with melted chocolate.

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    Orange Bowknots

    These stunning bowknots pull double duty as a sweet breakfast recipe and delicious dessert. Three types of orange (juice, peel, and icing) give each pastry triple the bright, citrusy flavor.

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    Ginger-Orange Cheesecake

    Present party guests with a heavenly cheesecake that boasts the classic flavor pairing of ginger and orange. Reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free sour cream keep the dessert low in calories yet oh, so creamy.

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    Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn

    Upgrade movie night with a batch of salty-sweet caramel corn. One handful packs juicy cranberries, almonds, and popcorn, all drizzled in a savory-sweet orange caramel sauce.

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    Orange-Kissed Vanilla Bean Pillows

    Fresh vanilla bean and shredded orange peel fill these light-as-air cookies with a delicate sweetness. Roll each in a homemade vanilla sugar coating to up the delish factor even more.

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    Orange-Basil Sorbet

    Our so-cute summer sorbet features a triple dose of citrus with orange juice, peel, and liqueur. Pile the frozen dessert into cored orange-peel halves for a divine display.

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