Blood Orange Bars


Refreshing and sweet all at once, our Blood Orange Bars recipe will make you rethink your definition of citrus bars. (Hint: They don't just come flavored by lemons!) Dust with powdered sugar for added sweetness.

Blood Orange Bars
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
16 bars


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup butter

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded blood orange peel or orange peel

  • cup fresh blood orange juice or orange juice

  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set aside.

  2. For crust, in a large bowl stir together the 1 cup flour, the 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, and the 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly and firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake about 15 minutes or until light golden around the edges.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the granulated sugar, eggs, orange peel, orange juice, and food coloring (if using) until smooth. Stir in the 2 tablespoons flour and the 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour orange mixture over the hot crust.

  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Place on a cutting board. Cut into bars. Dust bars with powdered sugar*.

To Store:

Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Place a snowflake- or other-shape stencil on each bar before dusting with the powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
5g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5.3mg 27%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 41mg 1%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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