Orange Slice Bars are an old fashioned recipe using orange slice candy wedges. If you’re a fan of orange slice candies, you’re going to go crazy over these chewy bars. These bars are very over the top kid friendly and a very popular recipe for any age. Give them a try.
There are a couple of directions I could go for a clever opening to this post using references to “orange”. First of all, it’s 5 degrees and snowing in Denver, so 1) I could reference dreaming of Florida sunshine and Sunkist oranges…
2) Yesterday the Broncos played Kansas City, c’mon orange you glad you cheered for the Orange and Blue since we beat the Chiefs to a pulp!
I just can’t I think of anything devilishly clever so I’ll just can the idea because I can’t concentrate… ha..ha…Get it??? I know, I know, you’re laughing so hard you pithed your pants.
When’s the last time you had some of those sugary gooey orange slice jelly candies??? Gawd I used to love those things as a kid. And no wonder I love these orange slice bars. The orange slices are chopped and then soaked in water before mixing with the dough and baking.
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.
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 taboo high fructose corn syrup. I find that if you place the candy in the freezer for about 30 minutes. They’re easier to chop.
History of Orange Slice Bars
My mom has had this recipe for as long as I can remember. Notes indicate the recipe came from Mrs. Moats. Mrs. Moats lived about a mile from our farm, and had peacocks (who knows why). I remember on Summer mornings you could hear them calling – man those things are loud.
Back in the day, our telephones were connected to about 5 other neighbor’s phones and called a Party Line. Mrs. Moats always listened in whenever we received a phone call. How could we tell it was Mrs. Moats? Every once in a while you cold hear a peacock in the background.
Mrs. Moats was one of those people who always seemed old. For 25 years she carried the appearance of being about 80 years old. Always walked a little hunched over, long gray hair to her waist, that was placed in a very large proper bun on top of her head when she attended church. She was actually quite memorable.
With all that said, I’m sure glad she shared this recipe for Orange Slice Bars. Always a crowd pleaser.
Recipe for Orange Slice Bars
I hope you give these orange slice bars a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating. And leave a comment about your experience with the recipe.
And if you have a favorite recipe using orange slice candy, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
- 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.
Cream butter and sugar; add eggs. Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture. Add orange slices and pecans; 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. Cut into squares when cool.