Quite a while ago, I came across a recipe on Pinterest for Lemonies or Lemon Brownies, but I hadn’t gotten around to giving it a try. However, my husband is a big lemon fan. So, I thought these would be great to whip up during a random baking session. And they turned out great—definitely worth Pinning!
The brownies themselves have a great flavor, but what surprised me was the texture. They are named aptly, since they really do have that dense, fudge-like texture of a brownie. For some reason I expected them to turn out more cake-like, but the rich texture made them much more interesting. And the glaze is both sweet and has a nice citrus punch that adds a great boost to the brownies themselves.
You can find the original recipe at Rita’s Recipes, but I made a few changes along the way based on what I had in the house and the type of pan I had to bake them in that I think made it a little more lemon-y and a little easier. Here’s what I did:
Lemon Brownies Recipe
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
Juice of 1 large lemon (roughly 2 1/2 Tbsp)
Zest of 1 large lemon
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp lemon Juice
Zest of 1/2 lemon
2+ Tbsp of milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt and set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat eggs, butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add in flour mixture a little at a time, beating until well combined. Spread batter into a greased, 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Once cool, in a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest until it forms a nice smooth glaze. If the glaze seems too thick, add a little more milk until it reaches a nice, smooth consistency that is easy to pour over the brownies. Poke the brownies with a fork in a number of locations, then pour the glaze over top of the brownies, spreading evenly. Allow the glaze to soak into the brownies and set approximately 15 minutes before serving.