Lemon Brownies


I have never been a huge fan of lemon....until now. These are always a favorite at the never ending potluck going on in the emergency room I work in. I have been wanting to post these for the last year. I hope you enjoy them too.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
23 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
53 mins
16 servings



  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus more for icing


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make lemon brownies.

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  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

    Baking dish greased.

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  3. Beat flour, white sugar, butter and sea salt together in a bowl using an electric mixer until well mixed.

    Butter, flour, sugar and sea salt mixed together until well mixed.

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  4. Whisk eggs, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon lemon zest together in a separate bowl.

    Eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest mixed together in a separate bowl.

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  5. Mix into flour mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

    Flour and egg mixture beaten until smooth.

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  6. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

    Batter poured into prepared baking dish.

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  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Cool until bottom of dish is warm to the touch.

    Batter baked until a toothpick comes out clean.

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  8. Whisk confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon zest (to taste) together in a bowl until smooth; spread over brownies.

    Confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest whisked together.

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    Icing poured over lemon brownies.

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Close up on a plate of three lemon brownies stacked on top another.

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Cook's Notes:

These are fun cut into bite-sized squares. Be sure not to bake too long, they can turn out dry. They are already more cake-like that a traditional brownie.

I use the juice from the lemons I zested, but it's never enough so I also use the plastic squeezie lemon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 29mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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