Saturday, March 26, 2011

Orange Brownies

I am a born and bred southern girl living in Utah...LOL!!

I love all things southern! Grits, cornbread, fried chicken, hoe cake, magnolias, dressing ....we don't call it stuffing and the recipe is much different, and PAULA DEEN!! Yes, I love Paula Deen. I love the way she talks, the way she cooks, the way she has a hug and a kiss for everyone she meets....she is the epitome of a Southern Gal!

These days I don't make much fried chicken or corn bread because the older I get the more those things stick to my ribs hips! But my sweet tooth teeth will always be a part of my Southern heritage. And what is better than a pan of brownies...maybe 2 pans...LOL

Are you looking for something fresh and different for Easter dessert this year? Well, you just found it. You make them with an orange cream cheese frosting like the ones shown above, or just a lite glaze like the ones shown below. Either way you are going to love them!!


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

4 eggs

2 teaspoons pure orange extract

1 teaspoon grated orange zest


1 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange zest


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.

If you would prefer the cream cheese frosting the recipe is below.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons softened butter

1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons orange zest

2 tablespoons orange juice

In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together with a hand-held electric mixer. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until it is all combined and smooth. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Spread over brownies.

Family and friends will want you to bring these to every party and family get together!!

I will be linking up with:
 Dittle Dattle 
 AtThe Picket Fence
 Christina's Adventures 
Little Brick Ranch
Jam Hands
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  1. Cricket those sound so good. I am going to bookmark this recipe.

  2. These are so fabulous sounding -- I haven't seen them before -- a big resounding yummy! Joni

  3. Yum! Those look so good! I've been trying to get rid of my muffin top, but those look like a must try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, wow that looks yummy! And how about that Paula Deen, isn't she wonderful?? Love her recipes, anne

  5. Oh delish!
    I'm a born in England, raised in Europe ,living in Utah gal, giggle. Happy Friday Hugs!

  6. These look so different than your typical brownie I would fathom to guess they are as amazing in person as they look on the screen!! This would be perfect for my Foodie Friday linky party...if you get a sec, pop on over and link up!
    Oh, and I found you At The Picket Fence!

  7. I've never tried anything like this...looks good!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  8. These look fabulous. I must try them. I love Paula Deen too. She used to advertise on my husband's radio station before she became famous. She was a hoot then and still is. I have some recipes posted on my blog. I'm from South Carolina. Come on over for a visit.

  9. This is definitely going on the 'must try' list! Whatever did we do before Paula?

  10. These sound absolutely divine and perfect for Spring! Thank you so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday last weekend! :-)

  11. Yummy! I can't wait to try these. They look so delicious!! I am a new follower and would love a follow back at The Farm Girl Recipes. Thanks!

  12. Mmm, orange is one of my favorite flavors. These look wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing these at Hump Day Hoorah. I hope you come back next week!