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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


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.

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.