Lemon Brownies

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Lemon brownies AKA lemon blondies  -super soft bars topped with the most delicious lemon glaze. The perfect summer dessert.

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Hello again! I’m so happy to be back with another delicious spring dessert today! I have been enjoying every bit of the spring weather we’ve been having lately. We’ve been going for walks as a family every evening, and I love seeing all the fresh daffodils and tulips, and the bright spring grass. The air is warm and there’s a soft breeze blowing… it’s basically just heavenly outside! I really like making light desserts in the spring, and these delicious lemon brownies are perfect!

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My husband loves all things lemon, and I think he managed to eat almost the whole pan of brownies by himself. I was able to sneak a few to taste, and they were amazing! The brownies are moist and buttery, almost like sugar cookies, with just a hint of lemon. The lemon glaze on top is tart and sweet, and makes a perfect complement to the brownies without being overpowering. I love how light they taste as well… they’re the perfect end to a spring meal!

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My two little girls loved these brownies as well! They are definitely a new favorite at our house. If you love lemon like we do, you have got to give these a try!

Lemon Brownies

Lemon brownies AKA lemon blondies -super soft bars topped with the most delicious lemon glaze. The perfect summer dessert.

Yield: 9 large bars or 18 small

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

for the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

for the glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1/2 lemon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare an 8 x 8 pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining with foil, and set aside.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then add the lemon juice. Add the flour and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest, then pour over the brownies, spreading evenly to coat. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Note: if using unsalted butter, make sure to add a pinch of salt to the batter.

Recipe adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

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Enjoy!

Lemon brownies AKA lemon blondies -super soft bars topped with the most delicious lemon glaze. The perfect summer dessert.

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Alicia

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day. I’m also into photography and graphic design, and I love learning new things. I’d love for you to stop by The Baker Upstairs and say hi!

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  1. Cranberry+Morning posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:12 am (#
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    Wow, that title scared me! I thought you were actually going to mix cocoa and lemon! These look delicious. I’m going to use different flours to make them gluten-free. I always get such a hankering for lemon anything this time of year. Thanks for the recipe. I suppose ‘Lemon Yellowies’ doesn’t have the same ring?? ;-)

  2. inkWELL posted on April 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm (#
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    I’ve never tried Lemon Brownies – these I must try! Funny enough, I just posted a lemon cake recipe on Friday – I must try these though as my husband would LOVE them!

  3. Willena M. posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:34 am (#
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    My family loved the lemon brownies today. My mother in law plans 2 eat a couple with her morning coffee tomorrow.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm (#
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      So glad you enjoyed these Willena! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Asagi posted on April 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm (#
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    I’m dying to do this recipe this weekend since I’ll have free time between exams and All that but…

    This must be a really dumb question. But when you put 350, do you mean Celsius or Fahrenheit? Where I live we use Celsius so… I don’t really want to ruin it.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm (#
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      Hi Asagi! In the United States we use Fahrenheit! So it would be 177 degrees C! :)

  5. Jane posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm (#
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    Your lemon brownies sounded so yummy!
    After putting them in the oven, I noticed they did not have any baking soda/powder. They ended up like a lemon pancake. Was an ingredient missing?

  6. Sammy posted on October 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm (#
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    These brownies look amazing, I am defiantly going to try experimenting with this recipe. I have never tried a lemon brownie before. I usually stick to the usual chocolate, I tried a new spin on the original old fashioned brownie by adding a praline fudge topping to it. So yummy a must try, here’s the recipe! http://happywifehappy.life/praline-brownies/

  7. Karen posted on June 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm (#
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    Hi!  Am making these for my book club at work and agree with Jane,  I think that baking soda is missing.  So, I added 1/2 tsp. Am  hoping for the best.  Will let you know!

  8. Dawn M. posted on January 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm (#
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    I followed the recipe exactly and they were delicious! I might add a little baking soda next time to see if they rise up a little, but they are very good as-is.

  9. Michele Trow posted on February 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm (#
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    WOW I never heard of lemon brownies before. These sound delicious. I can’t wait to make them. 

    Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Kathy posted on June 13, 2017 at 5:59 am (#
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    In the recipe video and the instructions it calls for salt, but in the ingredients listing it says baking powder, can you tell me which one it is, I would love to try this recipe! 

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:29 am (#
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      Hi Kathy! The salt listed in the video was actually supposed to say baking soda, sorry for the confusion! This recipe does not have any salt, but if you would like to add salt I would recommend adding 1/4 tsp. :)

  11. Debbie Manus posted on June 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm (#
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    What kind of flour ?? Self rising or all purpose .

  12. Linda shaw posted on June 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm (#
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    Video shows adding salt and no baking powder, recipe says 1/2 tsp. Baking powder and no amount of salt? What is right?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:27 am (#
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      The salt in the video is supposed to be labeled as baking soda. Sorry for the confusion! If you would like to add salt to the brownies, I would recommend adding 1/4 tsp, but it doesn’t need it. :)

  13. Judy Foster posted on June 13, 2017 at 6:52 pm (#
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    You omitted the quantity of salt in the list of ingredients but mention to add it in the directions.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:27 am (#
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      This was a guest post so I am not sure. I have made the recipe with just baking soda and it turned out great! If you would like to add salt, I would recommend adding 1/4 tsp salt. :)

  14. Rick Ziegler posted on June 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm (#
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    How much salt and when do I add the baking soda? Only kidding, great easy recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 12:23 am (#
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      Found out the answer from our guest poster. There is no salt in the recipe, just baking powder. :) Hope you enjoy!

  15. Doug posted on June 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm (#
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    The recipe doesn’t match the instructions.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm (#
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      The salt in the video is supposed to be baking powder! Glad you noticed, I will change that in the future. :)

  16. Ginger posted on June 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm (#
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    Has anyone happened to try these with gluten free flour? Thanks

  17. THK posted on June 20, 2017 at 11:23 am (#
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    Can I use oil instead of butter?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm (#
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      Hi! I haven’t tried substituting oil in this recipe but I think it would change the texture quite a bit.

  18. Anna posted on June 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm (#
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    Hi thanks for putting this on but what is 350 in gas mark looking at ingredients it don’t say what sugar like caster granulated or what flour

    • Jamielyn posted on June 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm (#
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      Granulated sugar and all purpose flour. :)

  19. Susan Montoya posted on June 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm (#
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    I love lemon, and these sound great, but since I have lines, im going to try the recipe with limes.  I’ll let you know how they turn out! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on June 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm (#
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      I would love to know how you like these with limes! Please let us know. :)

  20. adina posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:53 pm (#
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    Would I be able to substitute the butter with oil?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm (#
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      Hi! I haven’t tried substituting oil in this recipe but I think it would change the texture quite a bit. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

  21. Kristin posted on June 22, 2017 at 6:47 am (#
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    These are INCREDIBLE! Perfect for potlucks and just great for summer snacking. Will definitely be putting this into my recipe box. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on June 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm (#
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      I’m so glad you enjoyed these! :)

  22. Adam posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm (#
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    I made these and the recipe came out quite tasty! Only thing is, I used a fairly large pan and so it was a little thin. I only had one size pan, I wanna say it’s like a 10 by 18. Anyway, I ran a little short on glaze (it was almost the right amount, so close!) using the amount recommended, so I’d recommend to anyone using a larger pan to make a little extra glaze.

    I put them in for 20 minutes and put a toothpick all over it, nothing came up. But then when I let them cool they were almost juicy/soggy, so I had to throw them back in the oven with the glaze on in order to try to get them harder. They were good for a first attempt (I don’t bake too much), really just making an office Friday snack so I think it’ll still work out. And it gave me an excuse to eat all the chunks that fell off while I was trying to transfer them at first :) quite delicious, just won’t win me any awards at baking competitions.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm (#
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      I’m glad you enjoyed these! Making lemon brownies or blondies are a little tricky at first to get the baking time right. Sounds like you did great!

  23. Mary ann Blay posted on June 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm (#
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    Someone is asking which is correct, the video or the recipe??? Please revies and advise.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm (#
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      The recipe is correct. The salt in the video is supposed to say baking powder! :)

  24. Destiny posted on June 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm (#
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    Can someone tell me if they’ve tried this with gluten free flour?? I really wanna make these for my mother in law (and myself it’s a pregnancy craving lol) but she can’t have gluten!! 

  25. Carole Mason posted on June 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm (#
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    How I wish we could enjoy these Gluten Free.