Cara Cara Orange Bars


My husband loves lemon bars but I have personally never been a big fan of lemon in desserts because it can be a bit sharp. I had a bag of Cara Cara oranges that needed to be used up so I decided to try to make a lemon bar recipe that would be a bit more salty and less tart.

I love the results and the gorgeous color from these special little oranges! You could definitely use standard navel oranges but it may be a tad more sweet. These have a lovely buttery crust that reminds me of a flaky Blondie with fresh orange jam on top. Delicious!


Cara Cara Orange Bars

A seasonal, less-sweet take on the classic lemon bar

I always recommend reading the entire recipe before you begin



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 TBSP (2.5 oz) Cara Cara orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°, spray a 9″x13″ glass pan with baking spray or grease with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour and powdered sugar together. Add salt, vanilla extract and melted butter. Use a fork to gently mix until just combined to create a flaky crust.
  3. Use fingers or silicone spatula to press mixture evenly into pan.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until the edges of the crust begin to turn light brown.
  5. While crust bakes, prepare mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk together sugar, eggs, orange juice and orange zest until well blended.
  6. Once crust is done, remove from the oven and pour filling mixture on top. Bake 15 minutes before loosely tenting with foil to avoid burning. Bake an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Once completely cooled, Dust top with powdered sugar.
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy!




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