Amazing Lemon Brownies

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Amazing Lemon Brownies . . . soft and chewy lemon squares topped with lemon glaze. We like them better than traditional lemon bars, and they are easier to make!

Recipe for lemon brownies

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of lemon desserts, especially during the spring and summer months. Surprisingly, I don’t love traditional lemon bars. I will eat them, but they are far from my favorite. These lemon brownies on the other hand, I simply adore!

lemon brownies with lemon glaze

I know some of you are thinking, “these shouldn’t be called brownies, they aren’t brown!” I know, I know.  But of course you can’t call them lemon bars, because they aren’t the lemon bars that everyone is familiar with.

They have the soft and chewy texture of brownies, and they are made just like brownies. So lemon brownies they are!

Lemon fans will love these soft and chewy lemon brownie squares

Whatever you call them, they are out of this world delicious! I don’t think I’ll ever make regular lemon bars ever again because I like these so much better. So did my family. In fact, most of them won’t touch lemon bars, but they gobbled these lemon brownies right up.

Easy lemon brownies are an easy lemon dessert that everyone loves!

Making these lemon brownies is super simple, just like regular brownies. The key to the best flavor is the lemon zest. Without lemon zest, all of your lemon baked goods will be bland. It’s totally worth it to invest in a good lemon zester!

how to make the best lemon brownies

You can serve these lemon brownies warm or at room temperature. The flavor actually intensifies over time, so they are even more lemony the next day. If you love lemon, they are sure to become a new favorite!

You will love every bite of these scrumptious lemon brownies!

Lemon Brownies

Yield: 20 servings

Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies
Moist and chewy lemon bars with lemon glaze.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest


  1. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl till creamy. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and eggs.
  2. Stir in flour and salt till well combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into a 9x13" pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or till edges are starting to lightly brown and middle is set.
  5. For glaze, whisk together all ingredients, adding enough lemon juice to make a pourable consistency. Spread evenly over hot bars.
  6. Cool and cut into squares.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 146mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 21g Protein: 2g

Handy tools for making this recipe:
Lemon Zester
Lemon Juicer
Hand Mixer

Crazy for lemon like I am? Here are a few more tasty recipes to try:

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Lemon Cookies
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread


  1. Melanie says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made these today and they turned out AMAZING! These might just be my new favorite lemon treat:) I did add just a pinch of baking powder and they turned out light and fluffy. DELICIOUS 🍋

    • I am so happy that you loved them so much! They are definitely in my top three favorite lemon treat recipes. And of course it’s a bonus that they are so easy to make! 🙂

  2. Marijke Heeze says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried them last weekend and they were really good!

  3. Wes Diehl says:

    The recipe doesn’t call for baking powder or baking soda, is it not necessary? Thank you.

    • Nope, they aren’t necessary. That’s what gives them the chewy texture of a brownie. You could of course try adding some baking powder if you want them more light and fluffy.

  4. This is really a great dish with simple recipe and quick process

  5. We made these a couple weeks ago (I actually think on your birthday haha) and am making them again today for our family reunion. They were delicious and perfect for family that don’t eat chocolate! I love all things lemon, so they are amazing! Thanks for another winner Kara!

  6. Definitely will have to try this one. I love lemon.

  7. Thanks for sharing! They look less messy than lemon bars !

  8. I can’t tell you in words just how much I love lemon bars. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Chelle Chapman says:

    YIKES, these look Danger-licious!!! I will make them this weekend to take to the ball game on Sunday. Thanks Kara for another Yum-Yum!!!!

  10. Wow!! I made these and they were great! I have been looking for something lemony that I could serve guests in my home. These fit the bill so nicely and are so quick to make. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

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