14 Recipes to Help You Finish a Box of Clementines

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.

Bake a Healthy Cake: 

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)

Whole Wheat Clementine Yogurt Cake


Bake Another Cake and Press Whole Clementines Into It:

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)

Clementine Cake with whole clementines pressed in


Bake a Third Cake with Whole Clementines Blended into the Batter:

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)

Whole Clementine Almond Cake


Or Just Bake Mini Cakes (aka Cupcakes): 

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)

Oh My Darlin' Clementine Cupcakes with Clementine Buttercream


Start Happy Hour…Right Now:

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)

Winter Sun Cocktail with clementine juice, vodka, and rosemary


Blend Them Into a Smoothie:

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)

Dreamsicle Smoothie with clementines, bananas, and almond milk


Turn Them Into An Elegant Dessert: 

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)

Clementine Curd Cheesecake Parfait


Make Cookies, Then Eat Them:

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 White Chocolate Cookies


Make It a Stir Fry Night:

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)

Spicy Clementine Beef Stir Fry


Or a Meat on a Stick with Clementine Salsa Night:

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)

Marinated Chicken Skewers with Clementine Salsa that can be made in the oven without a grill


And Have a Salad on the Side:

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)

Winter Salad with Clementine Dressing and Candied Walnuts


Make Creme Brulée for Dessert:

Having date night at home? Use a few of those clementines to create a custard-y creme brulee. (Recipe and photo: Bakeaholic Mama)

Clementine Creme Brulee


Use the Rest of the Box for Jam: 

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)

Easy Clementine Preserves


Then, Refill Your Glass

Because one cocktail is never enough, especially when the next one is this Rum Clementine concoction. (Recipe and photo: Jelly Toast)

Rum Clementine Cocktail