44 Orange Desserts to Take Advantage of This Winter
Clementines! Blood oranges! Tangerines! Whatever your orange of choice, there are so many ways to use them. And different oranges are best for different things, like marmalade, snacking, juicing and, most importantly, baking. With citrus season on the horizon, here are 44 orange desserts that celebrate the fruit’s bright, sweet-tart flavor.
9. 3-Ingredient Blood Orange Granita
Think of this refreshing treat as a chic, grown-up snow cone. The hardest part is waiting for it to partially freeze before scraping the ice.
10. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast
With that much honey, brown sugar and cinnamon in the mix, this brunch staple doubles as dessert in our book.
14. Cointreau-Glazed Cranberry Clementine Tea Cake
Cream cheese in the batter offers moisture and tang to the cake, while fresh cranberries stud it with pops of juicy sweetness.
16. Orange Poke Cake with Honey-Orange Glaze
Buttermilk and Greek yogurt guarantee the cake’s moist, tender texture. But the buttery honey-orange glaze really seals the deal.
18. Blood Orange Tart
Blood oranges are sweet, fruity and slightly bitter, so tangy crème fraîche is just as impeccable a topper as fresh whipped cream.
20. No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake
As if this dessert couldn’t get any more nostalgic, the filling calls for a cup of mandarin oranges in light syrup, just like you’d get in your lunchbox as a kid.
22. Tangerine Olive Oil Pound Cake
The secret to this gem’s enchanting aroma is orange flower water, a distilled essential oil made from bitter orange blossoms.
24. Glazed Orange Poppy Seed Bars
Lemon does *not* have dibs on poppy seeds. And this blondie-cake hybrid packed with chopped white chocolate is proof.
26. Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake
You’ll only need an hour to pull off this Insta-worthy treat. The caramelized citrus topping is nothing but butter, blood oranges and light brown sugar.
28. Flourless Chocolate Orange Cookies
Egg whites are the secret to pulling this recipe off without flour since they help bind the dough. All the cookies’ flavor comes from Dutch cocoa and fresh orange zest.
29. Italian-Inspired Orange Ricotta Cake
Pink navel oranges and blood oranges will be the most visually appealing, but cara cara oranges are the sweetest choice.
30. Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones
Pro tip: Chilling the dough for 15 minutes before popping it in the oven ensures that the scones will maintain their shape and not overspread.
34. Blood Orange Frozen Yogurt
The key here is using fresh-squeezed blood orange juice. In the end, it’ll be worth the elbow grease, promise.
35. Orange Lemon Orangies
Fresh-squeezed orange and lemon juices + orange extract + a ton of white chocolate chips = a sunny, decadent recipe you’ll make over and over again.
36. Rustic Citrus Almond Tart
Starring a layer of nutty, vanilla-spiked almond cream. Finish it with a drizzle of honey and edible flowers.
38. Orange White Chocolate Truffles
You’re only five ingredients away from this 30-minute sweet, which would make an epic stocking stuffer BTW.
39. Citrus Ricotta Tart with Almond Corn Flour Crust
To nail the rainbow effect on top, prepare an assortment of citrus fruit, like tangerines, grapefruits, navel oranges and blood oranges. Peel away the pith to maximize each piece’s vibrancy.
43. Upside-Down Winter Citrus Cake
The recipe calls for using a tangelo, which is a hybrid between the sweet tangerine and the semi-bitter pomelo. But if you can’t find one, a small grapefruit will work as a substitute.
44. Blood Orange Chocolate-Bottom Crème Brûlée
Bittersweet ganache meets citrus-vanilla bean custard and torched sugared blood oranges for a decidedly fancy and, dare we say, romantic dessert.