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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

Lemon Brownies

This recipe is going to look a lot like your usual brownie recipe, but of course no cocoa or chocolate chips.  After that, is another version we love that uses cake mix as the base. They’re both delicious!

Lemon Brownies

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Eggs

How To Make 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 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 Brownies

Other Lemon Desserts You Will Love

Homemade Lemon Cake

Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Bites

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Blossoms

Magic Lemon Cobbler

Lemon Brownies are my new favorite dessert. Topped with a delicious lemon glaze, they are just the right mix of fresh lemon and sweetness. 

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.
4.94 from 125 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Brownies
Cuisine American
Servings 32

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 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
  • 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!
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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. 

Lemon Brownies are my new favorite dessert. Topped with a delicious lemon glaze, they are just the right mix of fresh lemon and sweetness. 

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Can you use a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer?

Yes! A hand mixer will work just fine

So for the parchment paper do you remove after cooking? Or just keep in the pan with parchment paper and glaze? 

Whatever you prefer. The paper just makes it easier to remove either all of the brownies at once or individual pieces

I like. My brownies chewy, made the following adjustments, and they turned out soooo perfect…
I used half butter half oil, 3 egg yolks one egg, and went wirh 3/4 cup white and 3/4 cup brown sugar, and I cut baking powder down to a half a teaspoon instead of a teaspoon, also, I added a 1/2tspn of salt… Just a preference.

Thank You.  Appreciate the help. 

These look so amazing. Do you think gluten free flour could be substituted for regular flour?

These remind me of my Momma’s Lemon Bars. Her crust was shorter and flakier, I believe but quite similar.

Made these today and they are more like a cake then a brownie. What did I do wrong? 

The lemon brownie was good, however next time I will either frost with lemon curd or mix lemon curd with cream cheese. The powdered sugar glaze was blah.

Look fabulous!  Any nutrition info?

Delicious! Unsalted butter perfect! Love Meyer Lemons! 

These are in the oven now, making for Easter dinner. Can’t wait to try as I’ve been craving lemon desserts for weeks!!

Mine came out like a cake but the best cake ever. This will be my go to cake. It was sunny and bright tasting but disappointing that it didn’t come out more like a brownie. Where did I go wrong?

Fabulous! The only problem is how do I keep from eating the entire pan?! 5 stars

Excellent!5 stars

Can’t wait to try this! Not crazy about chocolate and love lemon, so fingers crossed!

Can’t wait to try these delicious recipes.

Made the Lemon Brownies with gluten free flour and dairy free butter. It was fabulous!!! Awesome recipe!

I really enjoyed this recipe. I made it Gluten and diary free and it turned out perfect. I used King Arthur Measure for Measure flour and Earth Balance in place of the butter. Had a nice texture and I love the tart lemon. Yummy!
Thanks for sharing

I wanted to skip the glaze so topped with toasted coconut. Good idea but the outcome was not enough lemon by a long shot. Will make again using lots more lemon zest and maybe a little extract. Texture was good but not as dense as the pictures look. 

Your comments are spot on – “texture was good but not as dense as the picture…”

I made these for my wife she loved them.

I do wonder if it is possible to incorporate blueberries in it? Could I just add them to the mix as we bake it? Has anyone tried this?

I made these over the weekend and used a “brownie” baking pan so each square would be an end piece, so to speak. My mixture didn’t yield a chewy delight. So, I called them Lemon Squares. I plan to try this recipe again and will use my 9*13 baking dish. Hopefully, I will get some more, chewier consistency with the next batch. All and all, my family loved the freshness of the lemon throughout the “Lemon Squares” as it was a pleasant twist to traditional chocolate brownies. Thanks for sharing!

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