Zesty Orange Bites

Zest Orange Bites from fivelittlechefs.com is a quick and easy dessert or snack if you prefer!Just 20 minutes to make! #recipe #zesty #orange bites #dessert

 Zesty Orange Bites were created after a friend of mine introduced me to orange sugar. Last year we made Cinnamon Sugar Churros and loved them. In fact they were a hit for some friends of my Little Chefs. They all were able to make their own and had so much fun doing it. We merged two recipes together and came up with Zesty Orange Bites.

The process is still simple and easy for Little Chefs to do. First, let the puff pastry thaw for about 30 minutes on the counter. We usually cannot wait any longer! Unroll the puff pastry and place it on a cutting board. Using a pizza cutter (we use it for everything!) cut straight or kind of straight lines in both directions to make small squares. This is no exact science which makes it perfect for Little Chefs!

cuttingpastry for zesty orange bites cuttingpastryvert for zesty orange bites

Line up the squares on a parchment lined baking sheet. Don’t worry if they are not all the same size it is not a problem. Spread them out so they are not touching. The puff pastry puffs, it does not expand. See, ours were very close together and none stuck together. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.


While the puff pastry is baking, zest an entire orange over a bowl of sugar. Why clean up another bowl or plate if you can zest it right into 1/2 cup sugar? In a separate bowl melt 1/4 cup butter.

Orange Sugar for Zesty Orange Bites at fivelittlechefs.com

When the puff pastry is golden brown they already look delicious!

Puff Pastry for Zesty Orange Bites at fivelittlechefs.com

Here is where you have two options, one keeps the shape better while the other is faster. Your first option is to dip each bite into butter then roll in the orange sugar mixture then set back on the parchment paper to dry. This option keeps the structural integrity of each individual bite. The second option is to put all the bites into a zip top bag, add the melted butter and the orange sugar, zip it up and shake gently. Depending on how vigorously your Little Chef shakes the bag will depend on what shape the Zesty Orange Bites come out! They might be a little flat.

Zesty Orange Bites at fivelittlechefs.com   Zesty Orange Bites at fivelittlechefs.com

Whichever method you choose they are still perfect sized Zesty Orange Bites. I LOVE that I do not need to cut them up for my Little Chefs. I LOVE that in one bite, maybe big bite for some, they are in the mouths and not all over their hands and everywhere else! If you like the orange flavor try Sweet Orange Rolls.

Zesty Orange Bites at fivelittlechefs.com

Zesty Orange Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 sheet frozen pastry puff sheet, thawed (usually they come in a 2 pack . . . if you want to make both sheets, just double the recipe)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest from one orange
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Unfold and cut puff pastry sheet in bite size squares.
  3. Place squares on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, combine sugar and orange zest.
  6. Remove pastry squares from oven and dip in melted butter, then roll in orange-sugar mixture.
  7. Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

21 Replies to "Zesty Orange Bites"

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    Emily April 1, 2013 (8:48 pm)

    These look delicious! What an easy recipe to make with little helpers. Pinning to make soon! 🙂

    Visiting from Skip to My Lou.

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    Julia April 2, 2013 (10:18 am)

    Hi! You were the link before me at the How to Tuesday link party! Just stopping by to say hi! These look delicious! It’s great that the whole family was able to be involved! Thanks for sharing!

    It’s Always Ruetten

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    Krista Low April 2, 2013 (10:51 am)

    How simple and delicious! I love this idea and the fact that little helpers can participate in all of it! Thanks for a great idea 😉 Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com/

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    Danni@SiloHillFarm April 2, 2013 (4:18 pm)

    Oh my! Anything orange is wonderful to me and these look so quick, easy and tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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    kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing April 2, 2013 (5:43 pm)

    adorable and yummy! i’d love to have you link up with Kids in the Kitchen – http://www.adventurezinchildrearing.com/2013/04/kids-in-kitchen-letter-of-week-system.html

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    Lauren April 4, 2013 (1:19 pm)

    Ooh! These look amazing! I might just have to try these.

    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

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    Erin April 4, 2013 (5:08 pm)

    I’m one of the co-host’s this week for Ginger Snap Craft’s “{Wow Me} Wednesday”, and I’m featuring this post on my blog today. These look easy and delicious!

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    Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} April 5, 2013 (9:40 pm)

    These Zesty Orange Bites look so delicious! I’d love for you to link up a few yummy recipes at my weekend link party on The Best Blog Recipes if you haven’t already!

    Hope to see you there!


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    My Recipe Magic April 5, 2013 (11:01 pm)

    These orange bits look amazing! Thanks for stopping by our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party! Have a terrific weekend. We would love to have you share this on our new sister blog – MyRecipeMagic.com.
    -The Six Sisters

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    Jackie April 6, 2013 (1:39 pm)

    Wow!  This looks great!  I found you from Home To 4 Kid party. I would love for you to share at my party:  http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/04/tried-and-true-recipes-6.html

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    Michelle Day @ www.michellestastycreations.com April 6, 2013 (4:58 pm)

    Oh my goodness these look heavenly! I love orange flavored treats. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Creations link party each week 🙂

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    Jamie @ Better with Age April 6, 2013 (8:16 pm)

    This looks delish! Definitely gonna have to try it. Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods party! I’m your newest follower 😉
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    David Carlson April 6, 2013 (9:38 pm)

    Looks delicious! I might have to try this recipe.

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    Charlene@A Pinch of Joy April 7, 2013 (7:29 am)

    These sound light and delicious! I’m on the shake it in a bag team — will try to do so gently though! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

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    Miz Helen April 7, 2013 (1:44 pm)

    Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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    BetsyPool April 9, 2013 (8:52 am)

    This looks so good! I’m pinning this to try it sometime! MmMM! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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    tonda oakes April 14, 2013 (11:21 pm)

    These look awesome and easy, gonna try them!

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