Blood Orange Dessert Bars

12 bars
1 hr

You can't have a fruit lover's day without trying blood oranges. They are so yummy, but what do you make with them? This recipe for Blood Orange Bars is perfect as it has layers of orange flavor and moistness in every bite!

You can make a delicious treat with blood oranges that is both healthy and juicy. Try these Blood Orange Bars for an afternoon snack or dessert after dinner

The name suggests that these oranges are not your average orange. They have a deep red flesh and juice, which is due to the presence of antioxidants like anthocyanins!

You should be able to find most of these ingredients at your grocery store. Blood oranges are in season from about October to early May. When you see blood oranges at your local grocery store, buy them because they're delicious and perfect for baking!

Recipe details

  • 12  bars
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • Crust:
  • 1 ½ C flour
  • ½ C powdered sugar
  • ¾ C unsalted butter (soft)
  • Filling:
  • 2 Tbsp blood orange zest (1 orange)
  • ½ cup blood orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ C confectioner or powdered sugar


Preheat the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Prep 8 X 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper
Mix the flour, powdered sugar, and butter together until a soft dough forms. You can use a pastry cutter or a mixer on low speed for the dough.
Press mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. I often do this with a silicone spatula.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Add the zest, juice, sugar, flour, salt, and eggs into a blender/food processor.
Pulse until light and frothy. 
Remove the crust from the oven. Do not let the crust cool.
Pulse the mixture one more time.
Pour the filling on the top of the hot crust.
Return to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Remove the orange bars from the oven when done.
Set aside and cool on a wire rack to cool completely to room temperature.
Just prior to serving your blood orange bar sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the bars.


  • Check out the blog post for substitutions you can make if you cannot find blood oranges.

Ellen Christian
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