Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies

A few lemon brownies, one iwth a bite taken out.

Delicious Lemon Brownies are the perfect spring or summertime treat. Ready in under a half hour, these dessert bars are perfect for any occasion!

A BEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS TWIST ON CLASSIC BROWNIES

Calling all my lemon lovers, these Lemon Brownies are for you! These luscious treats are the perfect texture and have just the right amount of tart flavor. Just like traditional brownies, these Lemon Brownie Bars are moist, dense, and full of fantastic flavor. You only need a handful of ingredients to make these simple treats. The sweet and soft, tangy glaze makes these Lemon Bars the perfect dessert to snack on if you are a lemon lover like me!

A few cut Lemon Brownies and glaze topping, one with a bite taken out.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  

Are these cake-y or dense?

Just like chocolate brownies, these lemon ones are dense and moist. They aren't cakey. If you're wanting cake-y bars, you'll need to add a an additional leavening agent like baking powder to get that rise and airiness in them.

Do I have to use the glaze?

While I imagine you could ditch the glaze, I find that it really takes these bars up a notch. The lemon citrus flavor in it really makes them pop too. You could change the lemon extract to a different extract if desired or swap it out for something thicker if desired.

What additions can I use?

You can add whatever you like with these bars. Personally, I think adding some poppy seeds would be great. They are light, easy and would still let the lemon flavor shine through. You could also try some mini baking chips if desired or white chocolate chips.

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely! If you love Lemon Brownie bars as much as we do, then you're going to want to make a double batch 🙂
I suggest using a 9x13-inch baking pan and bake them that way. You'll need to increase the baking time though.

How to store leftovers?

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

Can I freeze these?

Yes, these flavored brownies can be frozen to keep longer. I like to flash freeze them before transferring them to a freezer safe container and freezing for up to 3 months.
Let them thaw in the fridge overnight before eating again. If you flash freeze them, you can just grab one or two, or a handful to enjoy later without having to thaw the whole leftover batch.

A stack of lemon brownies.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • lemon cake mix
  • eggs 
  • unsalted butter
  • lemon extract 
  • powdered sugar 
  • milk
Lemon cake mix, eggs, lemon extract, powdered sugar, milk, and butter.

HOW TO MAKE LEMON BROWNIES

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare an 8x8 pan by spraying generously with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl. Mix the cake mix, melted butter, and lemon extract.

A measuring cup pouring melted butter in a mixing bowl of cake mix and lemon extract.

Add in eggs. Mix until just combined, the mixture will be thick! 

Eggs, lemon extract, and cake mix in a mixing bowl.

Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Lemon Brownies ready to be baked in a baking dish.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean. 

Lemon brownies in a baking pan.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, lemon extract, and milk in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Pour over the cooled brownies and smooth evenly. 

White glaze being poured on Lemon Brownies.

Cut into 9 pieces and serve! 

A stack of homemade Lemon Brownies, oozing with topping.

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Lemon Brownies

Sweet, tangy, citrusy and a little tart, these Lemon Brownies are a deliciously easy dessert to enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 326kcal

Ingredients

Brownies:

  • 15.25 ounce box lemon cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Glaze:

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and prepare an 8x8-inch baking pan by spraying generously with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl. Mix the15.25 ounce box lemon cake mix, 2 large eggs, ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and 1 teaspoon lemon extract. Mix until just combined, the mixture will be thick!
  • Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together ¾ cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon extract and 1 ½ Tablespoons milk in a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Pour over the cooled brownies and smooth evenly.
  • Cut into 9 pieces and serve!

Notes

  • You can add other mix ins if desired. My top choice would be poppy seeds. 
  • The glaze completes the brownies in my opinion, but you can change it up or omit it altogether.
  • These are dense brownies not cake like ones. 
  • You can make a double batch if desired. 
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1mg
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