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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.

We’ve made some great lemon recipes like Lemon Blueberry Donuts, Mini Lemon Bundt Cakes and Lemon Sweet Rolls.

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.  You’ll mix together your dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before combining making sure to add one egg at a time.

Lemon Brownies Topped with a delicious lemon glaze

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 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.

Lemon Brownies on a plate

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

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
4.91 from 83 votes


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



  • 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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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.

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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!