Rating: 4 stars
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A double dose of lemon juice and zest brings fresh and tangy flavor to these easy brownies. They're the perfect dessert for any holiday or special occasion—or when you just need a little something to brighten your day.

EatingWell.com, April 2020; updated May 2022


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 10 mins

Nutrition Profile:



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Coat an 8-inch-square nonstick baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; set aside. Beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer with paddle attachment or in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low; add the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and vanilla, beating until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk confectioners' sugar and the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a small bowl. When the brownies are cool, spread the glaze over the top and cut into 16 pieces.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 day ahead. Glaze brownies (Step 3) shortly before serving.

Recipe Updates

Based on earlier review and comments of this recipe, we've retested and made the following adjustments (and updated the nutritional analysis accordingly):

Added baking powder (for improved rise).

Nutrition Facts

1 (2-inch) square
132 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 16g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 12g; fat 7g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 50mg; vitamin a iu 229IU; vitamin c 2mg; folate 5mcg; calcium 20mg; iron 1mg; potassium 19mg; sodium 102mg; added sugar 12g.