We don’t know about you, but has it ever confused you that during the coldest part of the year, bright citrus fruits are at their peak? Markets are overflowing with oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits that bring a welcome ray of sunshine to chilly winter days. Perhaps one of the most anticipated items of this time of year are wooden boxes filled with tiny, irresistibly sweet clementines.
The problem is that those boxes always seem to have a never-ending supply. Even after a week of eating a clementine or more a day, it feels like we haven’t made a dent. This post is here to solve that problem. Of course they’re delicious out of hand, but here are 14 recipes that will help you get to the bottom of the box in ways that we never would have thought of.
Presenting: The Best Ways to Finish a Box of Clementines. Consider your day made.
In this Whole Wheat Clementine Cake, Stephanie uses clementine zest in the batter and pours a clementine glaze over the cake when it comes out of the oven. Plus, with both whole wheat flour and greek yogurt, this might be one of the healthiest desserts out there. (Recipe and photo: Girl Versus Dough)
Use your favorite citrus-y cake recipe and press whole, peeled clementines into the batter before baking to make for a surprise in every slice. (Recipe and photo: The Forest Feast)
Boiling clementines softens the skins just enough to mash them into a paste that gets mixed into an almond laced batter. No peeling required. (Recipe and photo: A Tasty Love Story)
These cupcakes are a triple threat with clementines in the batter, buttercream frosting, and curd that’s secretly waiting inside. (Recipe and photo: Pineapple and Coconut)
Clementines are basically mini oranges so squeeze the juice out and make this refreshing cocktail to brighten up a cold winter day. (Recipe and photo: Two Tarts)
Just peel and pop a few “cuties” into a blender with your favorite smoothie ingredients for a breakfast on the go. (Recipe and photo: In Sonnet’s Kitchen)
This Clementine Curd Cheesecake Parfait layers tart clementine curd with creamy cheesecake filling and crunchy graham cracker crumbs for an impressive dessert. (Recipe and photo: Savory Simple)
Orange and chocolate might be a match made in heaven, but clementines and white chocolate make a perfect cookie. (Recipe and photo: Hot Polka Dot)
Clementine juice turns an already-good stir fry sauce into an extraordinary glaze for strips of tender beef. Skip the takeout and make this instead. (Recipe and photo: Daisy’s World)
Chopped clementines get turned into a fruity salsa for grilled chicken skewers that you can make in the oven for summer BBQ flavors at any time of the year. (Recipe and photo: Perry’s Plate featured on NoshOn.It)
Don’t forget your veggies! Clementine juice is whisked into the dressing then pieces of fruit are tossed into this Winter Salad with Candied Walnuts. (Recipe and photo: Rachel Cooks)
Having date night at home? Use a few of those clementines to create a custard-y creme brulee. (Recipe and photo: Bakeaholic Mama)
If you need to use up most of the box, the answer is simple – jam. Kelley shows how to do it the easy way. (Recipe and photo: Mountain Mama Cooks)
Because one cocktail is never enough, especially when the next one is this Rum Clementine concoction. (Recipe and photo: Jelly Toast)