Blood Orange Bars


A couple days ago, my friend Joy mailed me blood oranges from Cali. I was thrilled! Joy is the best! As they sat on my counter, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. I peeled one and ate it up. Mmm, thems are some tasty oranges. I still was not sure what to make with them. After much hemming and hawing, I decided to take a stab at blood orange bars. I looked up one recipe on the net and used my go-to Lemon Bar recipe as a guide, pretty much melding the 2 together.


Lemme just say, Orange Bars are underrated. It’s always, lemon, lemon, lemon. Orange is just as good. Orange deserves some cred! These bars are awesome. I thought that maybe I added too much sugar, but Jaos quickly corrected me that they were “perfect just as they are.” I advise you to pick up some blood oranges and bake these darlins up. They will not disappoint. Lemon can sit this round out. No hard feelings Lemon!


Blood Orange Bars

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

a pinch of salt

Toss all the ingredients into your stand mixer or food processor. Mix until combined and crumbly. Press lightly into 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes and cool slightly.

4 beaten eggs

2/3 cup blood orange juice

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 C flour stirred together

Optional powdered sugar for dusting.

In the bowl of your standing mixer(I wiped my KA bowl clean with a paper towel after the crust and continued), blend the eggs and sugar together until smooth. Add the orange juice and again blend until smooth. Add the flour, mix on low-medium until incorporated. Pour the filling into the warm crust. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until the center of the bars no longer jiggles.

Cool to room temperature, or refrigerate if you like your citrus bars chilled. Gently dust with powdered sugar when about to serve.

32 thoughts on “Blood Orange Bars

  1. Michelle- I absolutely think they would do fine with regular oranges. I will be making them again and using reg. oranges myself.

    April- Lemme know if you do make them!

    mari- I am indeed a lucky gal with very generous friends.

    Karen- Thanks so much!

    TW- I didnt mean to rub it in, just wanted Joy to know I did bake with them. I would love to live somewhere that I could grow citrus too. The burgh is def not the place for that.

  2. These look so so so delicious!! And no, I don’t think they would be as good with regular oranges–if only for the fact that the name wouldn’t have blood in it anymore. Makes them sound kind of badass, you know? And your pictures are so lovely! You rock my world.

  3. You made Rock and Roll citrus bars! How cool is that!? Very cool. Very cool. You did my oranges proud and I’m so glad you enjoyed them.
    Tempered Woman, I’ll have to send you something yummy sometime. I really like to share!

  4. Oh suuuure, no hard feelings Lemon she says. Gonna have to sit this one out Lemon she says. How could you do such a thing? It’s unheard of! Unkind! You’d never catch me… ummm… using something other than… ummm… hey, do y’all think this would work with tangerines? Tangerines are so tasty. What about Temple oranges?

  5. I’m now craving blood oranges! They are sooo delicious and beautiful. The bars look fabulous, but if I could get my hands on some blood oranges, I think I’d have to eat them all raw instead.
    Ooooh, I love LT’s idea to use tangerines, I can find those in abundance and wouldn’t mind sacrificing a few to a recipe…

  6. zebe912

    Haha, I bought blood oranges once because they were on sale. It didn’t occur to me to tell my hubby that they were diff. than normal oranges. He took one to work and when he got home the next day he said “I think those oranges are bad. I cut it open & it was RED inside, so I threw it away.” I had to laugh as I told him that it was supposed to be that way. Kind of like a ruby red grapefruit. He didn’t get it.

  7. Rachel- Lemme know if you make em!

    bombshellwithin- I gobbled that orange slice right up after the photo shoot. Yum.

    LT- Sometimes another fruit has to step up to the plate, no offense. And tangerines would be awesome I think.

    Kristina- I did eat quite a few straight up, no funny business. They are oh so good.

    Gretchen- Lemme know if you try em out!

    zebe912- Thats pretty funny, Jaos and the boys were all taken aback by the color. I got to hoard all the plain oranges to myself. They did dig into the bars though. Silly boys.

  8. Wow! Those bars look fantastic. I work at an organic juice company that produces blood orange juice, so I get it free and am always looking for good blood orange juice recipes. Thanks for sharing this one — do you mind if we share it with our customers? Our product is Italian Volcano Blood Orange Juice in case you’re interested in taking a look.


  9. Oooh, oooh, ooooh, these look and sound fabulous! I passed those oranges right by when I was in Whole Foods the other day. Looks like I have to go back now. Your bars are making me drool. And I agree that orange is highly underrated!

  10. Holy cow! Thank you so much for posting this! I bought some blood oranges from the market last week and still have them sitting here since A) I have no clue what to make with them and B) I’m allergic to all oranges so there was no thought given to “just peel and eat… duh” hahaha.

    thank you
    thank you
    of course seeing as how I love lemon bars, once I make the blood orange bars I’ll have to, yanno, try one… and then my allergies will kick in and I’ll be unable to complete another entry in my own blog… and I’ll summarily blame you. hahahaha no worries =)

  11. Deborah- Please let me know what ya think if you make them!

    Ann- Sure, share away!

    kellypea- I really did love the way they came out. I still thought maybe it was a tad too much sugar, but my hubs insists they are fine.

    Em- WOW! Orange allergy, thats an odd one. I cant imagine. Ill take the blame, Im used to it. Only girl, middle child syndrome. 😉

  12. Those sound and look amazing! Now I’m going to have to decide between making them and making gelees with my blood oranges… or just buy more blood oranges and make both!

  13. Your bars look really yummy. I once made lemon bars for a Halloween potluck and colored them orange. Everyone there was absolutely convinced that they were orange-flavored, even though I tried to convince them otherwise. The power of suggestion… I’ll have to try actually making them with orange juice. =)

  14. tsobserver

    I made orange bars for the first time last night with regular juice oranges, and let me tell you….. they are fabulous! I brought them into work so I wouldn’t eat them all and my boss said they are better than lemon!

  15. Joe

    You’ve officially made my month. I was digging through recipes last night to decide what I wanted to make for an upcoming potluck for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Association. I came accross a wicked meyer lemon bar recipe, and said to myself, “WHY NOT BLOOD ORANGES?? Does this type of bar even exist?!”

    Low and behold, I’ve found you through minimal searching. Your pictures are second to none, and I fear I’ll need a new keyboard as mine is flooded with drool.

    Thanks for the recipe, and I cannot wait for the gang to dig into these!

  16. Yolanda

    Where I was born(not in California) blood oranges are very common. I buy them quite often when they are in season and just eat them. I made fennel and blood orange salad but have never cooked with them. I will defenitely make these bars this weekend for Easter.

  17. These are lovely. I added the zest of one orange to the crust, along with using half AP and half whole wheat flour. Then I used the zest of another in the filling, along with half lemon juice, because I like them tart. Wonderful!

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