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Iced lemon brownies on a blue plate. A blue and white patterned tea towel, two whole lemons, and a half of a lemon can be seen in the background.

Tangy Lemon Brownies

  • Author: Kaylene, The Links Site
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Easy Recipe
  • Cuisine: Dessert


If you love lemon desserts then you need this Lemon Brownie Recipe. It is quick and easy, and the brownies are oh so lemony! These brownies are great as a snack or enjoy them as a luscious lemon dessert!  


For the brownies:

  • 2/3 cup softened salted butter (160 g or 5 oz)
  • 1 cup of sugar (225 g or 7 oz)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of plain flour (190 g or 6 1/4 oz)


For the Icing:

  • 1 cup of icing/powdered sugar (150 g or 4 3/4 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon for decoration


To make brownies:

Line a 20 cm (8 inch) or 22cm (9 inch) square cake tin with baking paper and preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F).

Place the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir till combined.

Mix in the eggs one at a time until just combined – do not overmix.

Add lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and flour and stir to combine.

Transfer the batter to the prepared tin and smooth the top.

Bake for 20 -25 minutes or until lightly golden and a cake tester/toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely before icing.


To make icing:

Combine the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and spreadable. If too thick add more lemon juice 1 -2 drops at a time, if too runny add more icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.

Spread over uncut brownies and top with lemon zest.

Allow the icing to set for a few minutes and then slice and serve.


  • Serving Size: 59g
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Sodium: 110mg
  • Fat: 8.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg