Orange Creme Squares Recipe

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This recipe may tempt you to skip supper and go straight to dessert! It was passed from my grandmother to my mom and is now a favorite of well as my husband's—he can't get enough of it! I often double the recipe, since it never lasts long.
Recommended: 25 Best Summer Cakes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES: 9 servings


  • CRUST:
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, juice drained and reserved

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 263 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Combine crust ingredients and press into an 8-in. square pan. Chill. For filling, combine milk, ice cream and orange peel in a bowl. Add pudding mix, beating slowly with rotary beater or at lowest speed of a mixer until well blended. Pour over crust. Chill until set, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, for glaze, combine cornstarch, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice and reserved mandarin orange juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Arrange oranges on top of filling. Spoon glaze over top. Chill until set. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Orange Creme Squares in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p87

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robertahammond User ID: 972233 74735
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"So very delicious...I never make it without doubling the recipe!!"

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