Lemon Brownies

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I’ve noticed that lots of people have been tweeting about new buds on their fruit trees and slightly warmer temperatures, so I now feel comfortable offering spring time desserts. If you are still in freezing weather, make these, take a bite and close your eyes. You will immediately start seeing green grass, tulips, and spring.

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I found this recipe at Rita’s Recipes. It is hands down THE BEST lemon dessert I have ever had. To top it off, they are incredibly easy to make. The lemon flavor is intense yet delicate at the same time. They are not overly tart. As my husband’s co-worker described them, “once they start to taste tart, they immediately turn sweet.” The consistency is of a moist cake like brownie. Topped with a silky cream cheese frosting, these brownies will knock your socks off.

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Make them, you will not regret it. In fact, double the recipe and give them out. These bars will turn anyone’s day from mediocre to life changing, and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Lemon Brownies

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until completely incorporated. Add lemon juice and zest, mix until incorporated. With a wooden spoon, mix in flour and salt.

Pour into a greased or line 8×8 inch brownie pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove and cool completely.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp milk
Cream cream cheese and butter together until fluffy. Turn mixer to low and beat in powdered sugar, add milk and zest. Beat on high for 5 minutes.
Pour glaze over brownies and allow to set for 30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!
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17 Responses to Lemon Brownies

  1. These look so yummy! How do they differ from normal lemon bars? Besides the frosting;)

  2. These look so yummy! I’m going to try making these– Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Oops to above;) are these similar to a lemon bar? With frosting? They look delicious:)

  4. Oh wow I am definitely going to make these yum!

  5. These look dazzling!! How pretty they would be for Easter!! Thank you!

  6. I am going to make these right now… So exited!

  7. Will these work with a 9×9 pan?? That’s all I have at the moment and really wanna make these for a bake sale!

  8. Hi! I tried these today and they tasted amazing, but they turned out a bit more cake consistency rather than denser (fudgier?) consistency. Is there something I did wrong in the mixing? Any advice? Thanks!

    • Yes this is correct, they are a bit more cakey. It is the chocolate in regular brownies that gives the brownie the extreme dense-ness (is that a word?) If anything, try cooking them a few minutes less and make sure not to overmix. Thanks for commenting!

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  10. I made these with one exception, I substituted 1/2 of the butter in the batter with greek yogurt, mine came out nice and chewy like a brownie. However, the recipe for the frosting would be enough for 3 more batches, I used about 1/4 of it, and had no use for the rest.

  11. Marcianne Wilkes

    I made these for a 4th of July picnic! I used organic lemons and I think it made a real difference. I doubled the recipe and baked in a 9 x 13 pan. Refreshing!! Everyone liked them. I used less than half the amount of confectioner sugar and found that it made a fluffier frosting. Although I did this for my Dad who has type 2 diabetes, I think it tasted better than the sweeter version frosting. See what you think.

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