Adding pieces of cut up orange slice candy to snack bars is a delicious treat. This is a recipe for old fashioned Orange Slice Bars. If you’re a fan of orange slice candy, you’re going to go crazy over these chewy dessert bars. They’re over the top kid friendly and popular for any age.
About This Recipe and Why It Works
When’s the last time you had some of those sugary gooey orange slice jelly candy???
I used to love those things as a kid. So no wonder I would love these orange slice bars.
Orange slices are chopped and then soaked in water before mixing with the dough and baking.
The dough isn’t too sweet which compliments the bright taste of the orange slice candy.
The end result is chewy cake like bar that has a crunch of pecan. Dusted with powdered sugar and everyone you make these for will flip.
History of Orange Slice Bars
My mom has had this recipe for as long as I can remember. Notes indicate the recipe came from our neighbor who lived about a mile from us. They made an appearance at every church supper pot luck plus my mom made them often.
My memory tells me that the recipe came from the manufacturer of this candy.
With all that said, these Orange Slice Bars recipe is a crowd pleaser.
Easy Way To Cut Up Orange Slice Candy
The hardest thing about this recipe is chopping up those packaged orange slice candies. Even the sharpest of knives doesn’t work well against that thick gooey sugary candy.
I find that if you place the candy in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. They’re easier to chop. Use a knife or a good pair of kitchen shears to cut the candy into eight pieces. Dipping the shears or knife in cold water helps with the process.
How To Make This Recipe
Mise en place. Always gather ingredients before starting any recipe. It will save you time and organize your mind.
- Large Eggs
- Unsalted Butter
- Orange Slice Candy
- Baking Powder
- Step 1: Freeze whole orange slice candy for 20 – 30 minutes. With a very sharp knife, cut the candy into eights.
- Step 2: Place the pieces of candy in a bowl and pour 6 tablespoons of boiling water over the candy. Let it stand for at least 2 hours and even overnight if you’re not in a hurry.
- Step 3: Chop the pecans. I like using my chef’s knife.
- Step 4: Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar; add eggs and blend well.
- Step 5: Mix together dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Using the paddle attachment, gently mix together and then add orange candy and pecans.
Spread the batter into greased and floured 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jelly roll pan. Bake 34 – 40 minutes at 325 degrees.
While the bars are still warm, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Let the bars cool completely before slicing.
Recipe for Orange Slice Bars
I hope you give this recipe a try, and if you do, please come back and give it a star rating. And leave a comment about your experience with the recipe.
And if you have any favorite recipes using orange slice candy or for dessert bar recipes, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
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Orange Slice Bars Recipe
- 1 pound orange slice jelly candies
- 6 Tablespoons boiling water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 4 whole eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- Cut orange slice candies into eights; pour boiling water over candy slices and let stand 2 hours or overnight.
- Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until it seems fluffy. Add eggs and mix on low until blended.
- Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture. Add orange slices and pecans and gently mix until well blended. Batter will be thick.
- Using a spatula, put into greased and floured 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jelly roll pan.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees or until done. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while warm. Let the bars completely cook before cutting into squares.
Old Fashioned Orange Slice Bars … They’re what’s for dessert.
Anna Seiter says
My mom used to make these in the 60’s. Glad I found this recipe. Where can you purchase these orange slice candies and what brand? Ive looked on amazon and the reviews were not positive on flavor etc.
Darr Shelton says
I am 81 years old and i remember making orange slice cake when i was a kid.
Why are there not any dates in the bars?
If i make this i will definitely put in the dates. .
I also learned years ago to put the orange candy in a bowl dusted with flour and take a pair of scissors to cut up the candy into pieces, also dip the scissors into the flour as you go.
never had a problem cutting the candy this way.
Lea Ann Brown says
Good morning Darr and thanks for your note.
I’ve never made this recipe in a cake like form, but should give it a try. The recipe I’ve had for all of these 50 years never called for dates, but sounds like a delicious addition.
And thank you so much for telling me about the flour and scissors. What a great tip.
Again, thanks for taking the time to type a note.
Gwen Fugman says
This is an old recipe with the orange slices. Dear friend gave her mom’s recipe to me in 1984. So good!
I always cut up the orange slices covered in sugar. This coated all and didn’t stick.
After the mixture was completed, poured into tube pans completed.
Lea Ann Brown says
Hi Gwen and thanks so much for your note. Are you saying you coated the slices in sugar before cutting?
Marzee Carnes says
My mom made an orange slice cake every Christmas. It was like a fruit cake, but used orange slices, maraschino Cherries (not candied) and nuts. I can’t remember if she used candied pineapple or not. It was a family favorite.
Lea Ann Brown says
Hi Marzee. I’m going to have to look for a recipe for orange slice cake. I just received another comment where there were dates included too.
Can I bake this in a 9×13 pan?
Lea Ann Brown says
Yes, they’ll just be a little thicker. Let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy. Lea Ann
Patsy Behrendt says
I am so excited to find this recipe!! My Dad grew up very poor and the highlight of his Christmas was these orange slices dipped partially in chocolate!! Orange slices were a staple of my childhood and I never see one that I don’t think of Dad. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for giving me a brief memory of something I had almost forgotten about!
Lea Ann… Jelly candies are my dentist favorite treat. He says it’s the candy that keeps him in business!
What a terrific creative recipe. I bet this bars are a real treat, packed with flavor and sweetness. These are definitely going to go on my “to make” list…
Many thanks and “GO Broncos”!
LOVE IT. I had a Jolly Rancher break a tooth one time and my Dentist said the same thing. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog George!
Those bars look and sound wonderful!