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!
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!
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!
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.
Making these lemon brownies is super simple, just like regular chocolate brownies. The key to the best lemon 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!
To skip my tips and just see the printable recipe card, scroll to the bottom of the post.
How to make Lemon Brownies
- butter (I use salted butter.)
- lemon zest (This is what adds the amazing lemon flavor, don’t leave it out!)
- fresh lemon juice
- large eggs
- all purpose flour
- powdered sugar
Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl till creamy. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and eggs. Stir in flour and salt till well combined.
Spread the batter evenly into a 9×13″ pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or till edges are starting to lightly brown and middle is set.
For glaze, whisk together all ingredients, adding enough lemon juice to make a pourable consistency. Spread evenly over hot bars. Cool and cut into squares.
Tips for making this Lemon Brownie Recipe
– Use fresh lemon juice and lemon zest for the best flavor.
-To change things up, you could add blueberries, raspberries, or white chocolate chips to the batter.
-For an extra decadent treat, serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or lemon sherbet.
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 are a lemon lover, they are sure to become a new favorite!
How to store Lemon Brownies
You can store these lemon bars in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for 3-4 days.
You can freeze them if you need to, just wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container. They will last for 2-3 months.
Handy tools for making this recipe:
Lemon Zester – A good zester is a must for baking citrus recipes so you can get that fresh lemon flavor. I like one with a cover and a handle.
Lemon Juicer – There are fancy electronic juicers on the market, but I do just fine with my basic citrus juicer. And I like that it is totally dishwasher safe.
Hand Mixer – I’ve had this mixer for over six years, and it still works like a charm.
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
MORE TASTY DESSERT BARS AND BROWNIES:
- Cherry Sugar Cookie Bars
- Zucchini Blondies
- Sugar Cookie Bars
- Oreo Rice Krispie Treats
- Caramel Peanut Butter Bars
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
- Chocolate Chip Blondies
- Snickerdoodle Bars
- Easy Toffee Bars
EASY LEMON BROWNIES RECIPE
- 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
- Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl till creamy. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and eggs.
- Stir in flour and salt till well combined.
- Spread the batter evenly into a 9x13" pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or till edges are starting to lightly brown and middle is set.
- For glaze, whisk together all ingredients, adding enough lemon juice to make a pourable consistency. Spread evenly over hot bars.
- Cool and cut into squares.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g