Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies are a popular citrusy treat that have a texture that is between brownies and sugar cookie bars.

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Lemon Brownies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 15 squares
Calories: 155kcal


For the Bars

  • ½ cup (120 g) granulated sugar
  • Zest from 2 medium lemons
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • ¼ cup (28 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (28.7 g) fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (130 g) gluten-free flour with xanthan gum

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup (112 g) powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons (28.7 g) fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. A glass or stoneware pan works best.
  • In a medium glass bowl, add the granulated sugar and lemon zest. Rub the zest into the sugar to release the natural oils. Whisk in the melted butter and powdered sugar.
  • Next, whisk in the eggs one at a time until each egg is thoroughly combined. Then whisk in the lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt.
  • Fold in the flour until it’s completely incorporated. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread it evenly over the bottom.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes. When done, the edges will be set and the center will still look slightly wet. Cool completely.
  • Once cooled, make the glaze by mixing all the glaze ingredients, except 1 tablespoon lemon juice, together in a bowl. Add more lemon juice until your glaze reaches your desired consistency. It should be slightly thick but should still run off the spoon.
  • Pour the glaze over the bars and use an offset spatula to smooth it out in an even layer. Let the icing set/harden before slicing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 5 days.


Rubbing the zest with the granulated sugar is an important step. It brings out the oil in the zest which lends a stronger lemon flavor to the bars.


Nutrition Facts
Lemon Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 221IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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