*Yucky bar Schmucky bar...it seems I have a few friends that are lemon haters and they aren't happy that I have toyed with the chocolateness of brownies. Feel free to join in the conversation in the comments ;-)


Ahhhhh, lemons ~ the taste of summer. At least for me it is and I can't think of much that is as satisfying and refreshing  in the hot days of summer as lemon flavored desserts. It doesn't get much better than the tangy bite of citrus. (My friend Lauren can just ignore this post...lemon anything doesn't work for her. Bless her heart.)


When I came across this recipe last year for lemon brownies I was intrigued. When I saw how easy it was to throw together I knew I would have to make it. You may be thinking, "How can this be any different than lemon bars?" and I am glad you asked. It's the texture. They really have the feel of brownies but all the sweet crisp lightness of lemon. 

What you'll need for the batter:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 TBS lemon zest
2 TBS lemon juice

What you'll do:
Mix together first four ingredients until well combined.
In a separate bowl stir together eggs, zest and lemon juice.
Combine the two mixtures and beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Be careful not to over bake.

The brownies have a delightful and pert glaze on them that really just completes the dish.

What you'll need for the delightful and pert glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
4 TBS lemon juice ( more or less depending on how tangy you like)
8 teaspoons lemon zest

What you'll do:
Whisk together all three ingredients until smooth.
Poor glaze over brownies.

I've yet to have them done long enough (without eating them) to chill before savoring their citrusy goodness but can you just imagine it right from the fridge?!

Also, last year I stirred in a handful of fresh blueberries right before baking the brownies and oh, my goodness they were swoon worthy! 

You should make a pan right now. And maybe throw in some raspberries for fun. I bet that would be good.


20 Comments

  1. This entire blog post is just wrong. I like lemonade.

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    1. You are such a brat, Lauren ;-) What will people think when they come to my blog and read this comment? They'll think the brownies are bad. You probably just sunk my whole blog...no one will ever read it again all because you are weird and don't like lemon stuff. It's a good thing I love you.

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  2. I didn't know you had your heart so involved in these so called fake "brownies". I guess I need to learn to be a little more sensitive to your feelings. ;) Good thing I love you too!

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    1. I'm delicate like that. Very fragile and thin skinned. All pastor's wives are ;-)

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    2. I will try to remember that is how I should act if I ever find myself in that same role. :)

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    3. So glad I have you to look to on these things. You are quite the role model. :)

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  3. I must agree with the first "Anonymous" reply. Why mess up a good thing?
    The only things you should add to brownies is more chocolate, fudge or possible peanut butter.
    Lemonade is good, but anything else lemon just shouldn't be attempted.

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    1. How am I friends with you people? Clearly this is a genetic fault within your family and out of your control so I will just overlook it, I guess.
      :-)

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    2. That Carmen Roby sure knows what she is talking about. The pure essence of a brownie is that it is made of chocolate and fudge.I suppose you could call your lemon thing "the yucky bar". You just should not associate it with chocolate or fudge. :)

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    3. Now, that is just harsh. I must have seriously failed you as a friend and as an older woman teaching a younger woman for you to have such a lack in manners. Not to mention your taste in desserts.
      I'm so ashamed.

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    4. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

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  4. Where is the "like" button for this last reply? ;o)

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    1. There isn't one, brat ;-) But I'm rather glad I responded.

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    2. You seem to use the word "brat" rather freely. Just sayin'. ;)

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    3. If the shoe fits...just sayin' ;-)

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  5. Yum! I love lemon. Thank you for sharing. I found this recipe at "Home to 4 Kiddos."

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    1. Yay, finally someone on my side! Glad you liked it, Angie. And don't you enjoy Try a New Recipe Tuesday?

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  6. I love lemon! The mister hates it. I might have to make these JUST FOR ME! ;)

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    1. They are pretty delicious! And how can people not like lemon? It's the color of sunshine :-)

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