Orange Zest Jelly Squares

Let’s make some super fun and tasty orange jelly treats! These little squares are sweet, a bit tangy, and have a yummy orange flavor that comes from real oranges. They’re perfect for a snack, dessert, or just when you want something sweet and refreshing. Plus, they’re really easy to make with just a few ingredients. Ready to start? Let’s go!


  • 240 ml (1 cup) fresh orange juice
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 120 g (3/4 cup) cornstarch
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp (10 g) unsalted butter


  1. Prepare the Orange Juice and Zest:
    • Squeeze enough oranges to make 1 cup of fresh orange juice. Grate the zest of one orange and set aside.
  2. Mix the Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Whisk these dry ingredients together to ensure there are no lumps.
  3. Combine with Orange Juice:
    • Gradually add the fresh orange juice to the saucepan, whisking constantly to blend everything smoothly.
  4. Cook the Mixture:
    • Place the saucepan over medium heat. Continue to whisk the mixture constantly as it heats up. This will prevent any lumps from forming and ensure the mixture thickens evenly.
  5. Add Orange Zest and Butter:
    • Once the mixture starts to thicken and bubble, add the orange zest and butter. Continue to stir for another minute until the butter is fully melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  6. Pour and Set:
    • Quickly pour the jelly mixture into a lightly greased square or rectangular dish. Smooth the top with a spatula. Let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.
  7. Cut into Squares:
    • Once the jelly is firm, use a sharp knife to cut it into squares. For easier cutting, dip the knife in hot water between slices.
  8. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve your Orange Zest Jelly Squares chilled. They make a refreshing treat on their own or can be served with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra special touch.


These Orange Zest Jelly Squares are a delightful way to enjoy the essence of oranges in a sweet, tangy treat. Perfect for sharing or enjoying as a personal treat, they’re a testament to the joy of making simple, homemade desserts. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcome!

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