You are going to love these light and fluffy Orange Brownies. These brownies are made without chocolate but a sweet citrus flavor.

Slice of Orange Brownie on a plate topped with orange slices
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Fresh orange zest and orange juice gives these brownies so much flavor. They are fudgy, dense, moist and the best orange flavor dessert you will have.

The orange brownies are topped with a orange cream cheese frosting that makes it the perfect combination. These brownies are perfect to make for Mom, Christmas or any special occasion.

We love the taste of fresh orange juice and combining with the brownie ingredients makes this dessert so delicious. Treat yourself this weekend and make a batch of these citrus filled brownies. You might also like Orange Soda Cupcakes for more orange flavor.

Slice of Orange Brownie on a plate topped with orange slices

Why We Love Orange Brownies:

  • Simple Ingredients – These brownies are made from scratch with a hint of orange. If you are a baker you probably already have all the ingredients. You may just need to pick up an orange at the grocery store.
  • Easy to Make – These brownies quickly combine in large mixing bowl. Then topped with a made from scratch orange cream cheese frosting.
  • Loaded with Flavor – Orange desserts are always a family favorite. Orange slices are zest and juiced to add flavor to many baked goods. The citrus flavor and amazing texture makes this dessert always a family favorite.
Orange brownies ingredients

Ingredients: 

Serves: 24 

For the Brownies: 

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Butter (softened) 
  • Large Eggs (room temperature) 
  • Orange Extract 
  • Grated Orange Zest 
  • Salt 

For the Frosting: 

  • Cream Cheese (softened) 
  • Butter (softened) 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Orange Zest 
  • Orange Juice (as needed) 

How to Make Orange Brownies: 

For the Brownies: 

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Step 2 – Combine Ingredients – Beat together the butter and sugar. Beat with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until light and fluffy.  Mix in the eggs, orange extract and orange zest until combined. 
  • Step 3 – Add in Flour – Turn the mixer speed down to low and add in the flour and salt.  Mix until just combined. 
  • Step 4 – Pour Batter in Pan – Pour the batter evenly into the baking dish. 
  • Step 5 – Bake Brownies – Bake orange brownies for 25-30 minute. Cook until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. 
  • Step 6 – Cool Brownies – Remove from the oven and allow the brownies to cool completely. Cool at room temperature before topping with the frosting. 

How to Make Orange Frosting: 

  • Step 1 – Beat Cream Cheese – Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Beat with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until smooth and combined. 
  • Step 2 – Add in Orange Zest – Add in the orange zest and powdered sugar.  Mix until incorporated. 
  • Step 3 – Add in Orange Juice – Slowly mix in the orange juice. mix until the frosting is the desired taste and consistency that you prefer. 
  • Step 4 – Spread Frosting – Spread the frosting on top of the cooled brownies.  Cut the brownies into squares and serve!  Enjoy! 
Slice of Orange Brownie on a plate topped with orange slices

How to Cut Orange Brownies:

  • Cool Brownies Completely – The orange brownies need to cool completely before slicing them.
  • Knife – Begin cutting the brownie, cleaning the knife with each slice. We like to cut into medium size squares. We also like to use a plastic knife to cut the brownies.
  • Spatula – Use a spatula to scoop out brownie and serve.

Recipe Tips:

  • Baking Pan – Prepare the baking dish by spraying the pan with cooking spray or line with a parchment paper. We used a 9×13 baking pan to make these brownies, you can also use two 8×8 baking pan.
  • Mixing Brownie – Don’t over mix the brownie batter. Just mix until the brownie mix is combined. We recommend mixing with a stand mixer or electric mixer.
  • Baking Brownies – Be careful to not over bake the brownies. We like the soft center so we like to use the toothpick to check if done.
  • Ingredients – When we are mixing the ingredients, it is best if the eggs and butter are at room temperature. The ingredients mix together easily.
  • Frosting – Make sure to cool the orange brownies before frosting them.
Close up image of Orange Brownies in a baking dish

Variation Ideas:

  • Chocolate and Orange – This recipe can be made into chocolate orange brownies recipe. Add in cocoa powder for all your chocolate orange lovers. You can even make dark chocolate orange brownies.
  • Frosting – We love making frosting from scratch but you can use store bought frosting if you prefer.
  • Brown SugarFeel free to substitute the white sugar with brown sugar. You can even do half brown sugar and half white sugar.
  • Chocolate Chips – Feel free to add in chocolate chips if you love chocolate brownie and orange combination.
Close up image of orange brownies in the baking pan

Can you Freeze Orange Brownies?

Yes, you can freeze orange brownies. Place the brownies in an air tight container. We recommend cutting the brownies in slices and then freeze.

This helps to store in a smaller container and helps with freezer space. Brownies will last about 3 months if stored properly in the freezer.

Slice of Orange Brownie on a plate topped with orange slices

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

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Orange Brownies

5 from 3 votes
You are going to love these light and fluffy Orange Brownies. These brownies are made without chocolate but a sweet citrus flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 280

Ingredients

For the Brownies:

For the Frosting:

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Orange Juice as needed

Instructions

For the Brownies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Beat together the butter and sugar with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until light and fluffy.  Mix in the eggs and orange zest until combined.
  • Turn the mixer speed down to low and add in the flour and salt.  Mix until just combined.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minute until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the brownies to cool completely at room temperature before topping with the frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • Beat together the cream cheese and butter with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until smooth and combined.
  • Add in the orange zest and powdered sugar.  Mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly mix in the orange juice until the frosting is the desired taste and consistency that you prefer.
  • Spread the frosting on top of the cooled brownies.  Cut the brownies into squares and serve!  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 280kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 2g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.4g, Cholesterol 62mg, Sodium 165mg, Potassium 37mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 32g, Vitamin A 465IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 19mg, Iron 1mg

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