19 Orange Desserts That Will Brighten Up Any Meal

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Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

The Spruce

Spread a little sunshine with delicious orange desserts that will brighten up any meal. From scrumptious orange-flavored cakes and cookies to a holiday-worthy cranberry-orange bread pudding and summer-ready frozen sorbet, we've collected orange desert recipes that work for every season of the year. You're going to love these sweet, citrusy treats!

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    Blood Orange Cardamom Cake with Honey Orange Glaze

    Blood Orange Cardamom Cake with Honey Orange Glaze

    Anita Schecter

    If you've wondered what to do with the blood oranges you see at your grocery stores in the winter months, give this sophisticated cake a whirl. Adding fragrant cardamom to the batter beautifully complements the sweetness of these ruby-red fruits. The sweet honey glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Easy Orange Liqueur Cake

    Easy Orange Liqueur Cake

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    Add excitement to a boxed yellow cake mix by adding orange-flavored liqueur, orange zest, and crunchy chopped pecans to the batter. Bake it in a bundt pan and finish the cake with a buttery orange liqueur glaze for an extra jolt of sweet citrus flavor.

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    Orange Shortbread Cookies

    Orange Shortbread Cookies

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    Melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies with hints of finely-grated orange zest in every bite are a popular treat at holiday time. This easy recipe makes about three dozen cookies in just 30 minutes. Enjoy them as is or drizzle with chocolate glaze for gifting.

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    Orange Meringue Pie

    Orange Meringue Pie

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    Move over, lemon meringue. There's a new citrus pie in town! Use a pre-baked pie shell for this delicious one-crust pie with a refreshing orange curd filling and a pillowy meringue topping. Makes a wonderful potluck contribution or a special treat for your book club.

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    Orange Rolls

    Orange Rolls

    Kristina Vanni

    Brighten up any weekend or holiday breakfast with these cinnamon-roll style pastries featuring a delicious orange marmalade filling. The easy glaze for topping is made with freshly squeezed orange juice and orange extract, for a delicious double whammy of zesty citrus flavor.

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    Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

    Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

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    Bread pudding is comfort food at its best. Make this scrumptious version flavored with orange juice and zest and studded with dried cranberries as the perfect ending to fall and winter holiday dinners. Use a rich, eggy bread, such as brioche or challah, and top with warm vanilla sauce for serving.

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    Orange Truffles

    Orange Truffles

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    Make these easy divinely decadent chocolate truffles that sing with bright orange flavor to treat guests at your next dinner party. As with most truffles, these require several extended chilling periods, so be sure to give yourself enough time when making them.

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    Orange Creamsicle Pie

    Orange Creamsicle Pie

    Elaine Lemm

    Whip up a creamy no-bake Creamsicle pie for cookouts and summer dinners. It's easy to make in minutes, by combining orange gelatin with fluffy whipped cream and tangy orange marmalade inside an easy graham cracker crust. Freeze to set, removing from the freezer 30 minutes before serving.

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    Blood Orange Panna Cotta

    Blood Orange Panna Cotta

    Elaine Lemm

    Panna cotta is a custardy molded Italian dessert traditionally flavored with vanilla. Brighten the flavor and color of the cooked cream with highly-fragrant blood oranges for a stunning end to any dinner party. Amazingly, it takes only four ingredients and 20 minutes to make!

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    Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Topping

    Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Topping

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    Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious orange coffee cake with a buttery cinnamon-orange topping. This recipe uses shortening instead of butter in the batter for an ultra-tender, crumbly cake. Enjoy it with your morning or afternoon cup of coffee whenever you crave a sweet pick-me-up.

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    French Orange Tart

    French Orange Tart

    Gaelle Cohen

    Skip the bakery line and make this wonderful classic French citrus tart at home. Using orange juice and zest, instead of the usual lemon, results in a sweeter tart that will brighten any dessert table.

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    Orange Slice Cookies

    Orange Slice Cookies

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    Delicious orange slice cookies are sweet and nutty, with a great texture from coconut, oats, and chewy, chopped orange candies. Bake up a batch in about 12 minutes, storing cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature up to five days. You can also freeze the baked cookies up to six months.

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    Southern Orange Chess Pie

    Southern Orange Chess Pie

    Diana Rattray

    Chess pie is a rich, custardy, time-honored Southern tradition. Give the classic recipe a bright citrus lift by adding orange juice and zest, plus fresh lemon juice, —it's a great pie to serve after a big, rib-sticking meal.

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    Moroccan Meskouta Orange Cake

    Moroccan Meskouta Orange Cake

    Christine Benlafquih

    Make a traditional Moroccan orange cake in less than an hour with this easy recipe. Orange juice adds gorgeous moisture and zing to the tender, fragrant cake. Enjoy it topped with powdered sugar for a homey dessert or treat yourself to a slice at breakfast time.

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    Easy Orange Sorbet

    Easy Orange Sorbet

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    Whether you squeeze fresh oranges for this recipe or use juice from the carton, you won't believe how easy it is to make orange sorbet in your ice cream maker with just a few ingredients. Add a tablespoon of orange liqueur if you like for a sweet, grown-up dessert.

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    Chocolate Orange Truffle Tart

    Chocolate Orange Truffle Tart

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    Some flavor combinations are classics. Such is the case with rich, sweet chocolate, and slightly acidic orange, which combine with heavy cream, vanilla, and orange liqueur to create the sumptuous chocolate-truffle filling for this French patisserie-style tart. Decorate with chocolate curls for a showstopping presentation.

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    Orange Cake With Orange Frosting

    Orange Cake With Orange Frosting

    Diana Rattray

    Serve up a double dose of sunshine with this wonderfully moist orange cake topped with a delectable orange buttercream frosting. Make the easy batter with plenty of orange juice, and a big scoop of orange marmalade, and garnish the finished cake with chopped pecans or walnuts and a sprinkling of orange zest.

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    Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake

    Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake

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    Use canned mandarin oranges from your pantry for this easy, elegant orange bundt cake that begins with a yellow cake mix. Serve dusted with powdered sugar, or finish with a simple orange glaze for a pleasing Mother's Day dessert.

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    Orange Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

    Orange Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

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    Airy little meringue bites packed with orange flavor—and kicked up a notch with chocolate chips—are an irresistible treat for adults and kids alike. They are also gluten-free and will keep up to two-weeks in an air-tight container at room temperature.