Lemon Brownies are dessert bars that are dense and moist with a lemony flavor and topped with a simple glaze. If you love lemon desserts, be sure to try my Strawberry Lemon Blondies and Lemon Bars.
Brownies don’t always have to be chocolate. These lemon brownies have the consistency and texture of a fudgy brownie but made with lemon juice and lemon zest! Plus, they are topped with a sweet glaze that pairs perfectly with the lemon flavor.
Ingredients & Substitutions
It’s all about the lemon flavor in these brownies. And, I will let you know how you can add even more lemon flavor to the glaze!
Lemons: I used both lemon juice and the zest of a lemon in the brownies. Make sure you wash the lemon before zesting it. For the lemon juice, you can use fresh lemon juice or storebought juice. You could even add lemon baking chips to the batter if your store carries them.
Eggs: Make sure when adding the eggs make sure that they are at room temperature. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition so it emulsifies with the butter.
Glaze: For the glaze, I went with a vanilla-flavored glaze, mixing confectioners’ sugar with water. However, if you crave more lemon flavor in the dessert, use lemon juice in place of water for the glaze. You can also enjoy the brownies with no glaze at all if you prefer.
Lemon Brownies vs. Lemon Bars
There is a difference between these lemon brownies and lemon bars. Lemon brownies have no base crust and the texture is dense and fudgy (like a traditional chocolate brownie). Plus, there is the optional glaze added on top of the brownies. Lemon bars, on the other hand, have a buttery crust with a lemon filling. Be sure to make both recipes if you are a fan of lemon desserts!
How to Store Lemon Brownies
Store the brownies in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to five days. You could also freeze the brownies for up to three months. When ready to enjoy them, let the bars thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
More Delicious Bars
- 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 ¾ cups (350 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 ½ cups (285 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons water, or lemon juice (if want more lemon flavor)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a 9×9-inch pan by lining it with parchment paper (or lightly grease and flour). (You could use a 9×13-inch pan for more servings, but the bars will be thinner.)
- In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar. Stir well.
- Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
- Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest.
- In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
- Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture until completely combined.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until the edges are turning golden brown. (If you are using a 9×13-inch pan, bake for 25-30 minutes.)
- Allow brownies to cool before glazing.
- In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and water and whisk until smooth.
- Pour the glaze over the cooled brownies and serve.
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How much is “ a stick of butter”
There are 3 forms of measurement in the recipe card. Stick, cup, and grams.
“1 cup (2 sticks / 226 g) unsalted butter, melted”
It was more cakey than I like. It seemed like an awful lot of flour. I folded in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. I also scaled the ingredients in grams and It was more like 2 cups vs 2 1/2 cups of flour. I would maybe use 1 1/2 cups next time…
I made these exactly as instructed, with the exception of adding a very small splash of lemon extract. Baked them in a 9×13 dish for 30 minutes, and after they cooled I added the glaze of confectioners sugar and lemon juice. They were perfect — dense and just fudgy enough…as all brownies should be. They were sufficiently lemony too. One note: I weigh most of my ingredients on a kitchen scale rather than measure them in a cup — this is especially a good idea when measuring out flour, which requires precision, and could well be the difference between brownies that are dense and fudgy vs. dry and cakey as some commenters complained of.