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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
  • Eggs
  • 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 176 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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      How are these different than Lemon Bars? 

      Lemon bars tend to have a harder, almost cookie like base, and a soft cake/custard top, dusted with powdered sugar. These are more like a brownie, without the chocolate. 

      Wish you had an easy way to pin to Pinterest from your page.

      How many people does this serve? 

      These are delicious! My only issue is that I baked mine for only 22 minutes and they still were a little overdone for me – a bit cakey, but not dry. Could just be my oven. Will lessen my baking time when I try again. Great recipe!5 stars

      These are delicious and perfect for summer. I made them Gluten Free as my son has Celiac disease. I substituted an all-purpose GF flour blend and they turned out great. We served them at a 4th of July bbq and everyone loved the! No one knew they were GF.5 stars

      How do I make this gluten free?5 stars

      To make these GF, I simply substituted regular flour for King Arthur Flour’s Baking Mix, cup-for-cup. Might take an extra 5 minutes to bake, but they came out perfect and delicious. Another flour I like to use is Pamela’s Artisan Blend. 

      Looks divine. I would love to try it

      Do you need to refrigerate them?

      I would luv some of these right now! !

      Not being a chocolate lover, this was a delicious alternative! Great to share with neighbours!5 stars

      This calls for a total of 5 Tbsp of lemon zest. How many lemons are needed for that amount?

      Is there a way to print the recipe with a photo? Love the recipes but would like to save them with a photo of what the finished product will look like.

      Has anyone used almond flour or cassava flour for these instead of all purpose?

      Hello, my husband has a gluten/dairy allergy. Can you tell me what to use in place of the flour? Thank you

      Hi there. I really like the sound of this recipe and am dying to try it out but I’m from Ireland and am used to different measures. What is a C equal to? Please explain when you get a chance. Grammes or ounces, U don’t mind. Also is this an American recipe?

      These are seriously delicious. Easy to make, and you do have to wait overnight.  I did increase the lemon juice in the glaze by two tablespoons & added a generous dollop of lemon curd. Also zested some lime over the icing for s bit of color.  They were a hit at a luncheon I went to, refreshing on a hot day .  Can’t wait to try more recipes 5 stars

      Love lemon anything and I found this recipe does not disappoint. Like you, chocolate is my thing but these brownies taste wonderful and are a good mix of sweet and tart. Will be using this recipe again, for sure.5 stars

      I am going to make these as soon as I can get some fresh lemons. They look delicious. I wonder if they can be frozen for a couple of months. I did not see an answer in the comments below, or perhaps I missed it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Just the kind of recipe I was looking for.

      Thanks for sharing such informative post. You’re always giving your readers something new. Therefore, I’ve bookmark it and I’ll definitely recommend my friends to read this information post.

      I made this tonight, and used Vegan butter and Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour. Everything else was exactly the same. It turned out tasting excellent, but it was pretty much a dense lemon cake instead of brownies haha. I read that others have had this issue as well, even with regular flour. And then I saw that some people’s turned out perfect even with gluten free flour, so I don’t know what happened lol! Either way, it’s delicious!

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