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Lemon Brownies

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Lemon Brownies are my new favorite dessert. Topped with a delicious lemon glaze, they are just the right mix of fresh lemon and sweetness. Here is not one, but two ways to make this delicious treat.

We’ve made some other great lemon recipes like Lemon Blueberry Donuts, Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes and Lemon Sweet Rolls. Go check those out next!

As much as I am crazy for chocolate, I do love finding new ways to bake without that classic ingredient. It’s fun to spice it up and try something new! Lemon is a fun way to do that.

Lemon Brownies

Why Call These Lemon Brownies?

These lemon bars have more of a brownie texture: they’re moist and dense. This recipe is going to look a lot like your usual brownie recipe, but of course no cocoa or chocolate chips. We. They’re both delicious! We also included an easier version using a cake mix for when you are in a hurry. Both are delicious!

Ingredients for Homemade Brownies

Butter – unsalted and softened.

Sugar – every good dessert needs it.

Lemon Zest – see about for notes on zesting.

Fresh Lemon Juice – straight from a lemon has the best flavor.

Flour – all purpose.

Baking Soda– to make the mixture rise.

Eggs– this will bind the ingredients together.

Lemon Brownies Stacked

Lemon Zest

If you’re new to lemon zesting, it is easiest to use the tool made for this job: a lemon zester. (Genius name, right?) But if you don’t have one and are in a pinch a veggie peeler will work. Make sure you wash your lemon before.

Lemon Zest

Lemon Brownies Glaze

This is the most yummy part of all – the glaze! All you need is three ingredients: lemon zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar. It’s very sweet and a bit tangy at the same time.

How To Make Homemade Lemon Brownies

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients (minus the egg) separately.
  2. Combine the two mixtures then add one egg at a time.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes and let it cool.
  4. Make the glaze and pour over the cooled brownies.

Ingredients for Lemon Cake Mix Brownies

  • Yellow Cake Mix 
  • Lemon Instant Pudding
  • Eggs
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest

How To Make Lemon Cake Mix Brownies

  1. Mix all five ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish and bake for 22-24 minutes.
  3. Make the glaze and pour over the cooled brownies.

You’re going to adore these lemon brownies recipes, and all your friends will be begging for the recipe!

Lemon Brownie Bars with a Bite taken out

Other Lemon Desserts You Will Love

Homemade Lemon Cake

Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Bites

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Blossoms

Magic Lemon Cobbler

Lemon Brownies Feature

Lemon Brownies

Published By Jill
Lemon Brownies are my new favorite dessert. Topped with a delicious lemon glaze, they are just the right mix of fresh lemon and sweetness. Here is not one, but two ways to make this delicious treat.
4.96 from 187 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Brownies
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 356 kcal


Brownie Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Lemon Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp lemon zest

Cake Mix Version


    • 1 15.25 oz box yellow cake mix
    • 1 box lemon pudding
    • 1/3 cup lemon juice
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tsp lemon zest


    Directions for Homemade

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper
    • Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder
    • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest until light and fluffy
    • Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined
    • Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until combined
    • Pour batter into the baking pan and bake in the oven for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Make sure to not over bake. 
    • Allow to completely cool on the counter.

    Lemon Glaze

    • Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest until combined.
    • Pour the glaze over the lemon bars and spread evenly.
    • Allow to harden overnight before enjoying!

    Directions for Cake Mix

    • Line an 8” square baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray so that the brownies lift out easily. 
    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
    • With a hand mixer, combine the cake mix, pudding, lemon juice, eggs, and lemon zest in a medium sized mixing bowl. Pour batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. 
    • Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted in the center and come out clean or with only crumbs (no wet batter). Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. 
    • Proceed as directed above for glaze.


    Serving: 12gCalories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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    My kids LOVE these!! But we all agree that the texture is more like a cake. But an extremely moist cake. This is a keeper❤️5 stars

    Love your recipes but wish you had nutrition chart included.  Husbands on low carb diet but have an occasional cheat. 

    I make these gluten free and can eat the whole pan by myself, if the rest of the fam would allow it that is. 😉
    Especially delicious with the lemon glaze.5 stars

    What did you do to make them gluten free?

    I enjoyed reading your writings and I have benefited a lot from your words5 stars

    So delicious! Looking forward to making them again and again5 stars

    My dessert addiction is smiling. Definately going to save this 1.

    These are not brownies! Lemon Bars, yes. Brownies, NO!

    Love anything with lemon.

    My family’s favorite!  Found out I can easily make these gluten free for my granddaughter with gluten intolerance by simply using gluten free flour.  These are SO good.  Thank you for this awesome recipe!5 stars

    Made these last week for my lemon loving husband, and they were a hit! I did add more lemon juice to the glaze, but do not skip it – makes the perfect sweet topping.

    How well do these freeze?5 stars

    These will freeze well, but always better fresh. Wrap, preferably uncut, in plastic wrap and then in foil.

    This recipe was amazing! SO delicious. I wasn’t in the mood to get 4 tablespoons worth of lemon zest so I used 1 tablespoon of lemon extract and it worked well. Zest definitely would have been fresher but this worked in a pinch 🙂 10/10 will make again.5 stars

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