One Bowl Lemon Brownies

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

 One Bowl Lemon Brownies are so buttery and full of fresh lemon flavor. They are easy to make with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and topped with lemon glaze.

I love making delicious and rich lemon desserts like my popular Blueberry Lemon Muffin, Lemon Cherry Danish and Meyer Lemon Cheesecake.

Lemon Brownies Recipe

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

I am a huge lemon fan, I love the freshness and tartness, especially in desserts when its balanced with something sweet. These Lemon Brownies are so rich, fudgy and tender, and the best part is that they are bursting with lemon flavor.

If you never had Lemon Brownies you should make some as soon as possible. First, they are so incredibly easy to make and require only a handful of ingredients that you most likely already have on hand. Second, I love one bowl desserts, and this is one of those, less dishes to clean, thats always a plus! Last, but not least, they taste amazing! Buttery, tender and rich, with the most amazing lemon flavor. Top them with a sweet and zesty lemon glaze or just dust the with confectioners sugar.

Looking for more Lemon Desserts? Check these out:

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

What do you need to make Lemon Brownies?

The recipe is very basic, with easy to find and budget friend ingredients. Here is what you need:

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What do you need to make Lemon Glaze?

Lemon Glaze is done easily by combining lemon juice, lemon zest and confectioners sugar. You have to stir the mixture until fully combined and smooth.

How to make Lemon Zest?

Follow the easy steps below:

  • Rinse the lemon.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Grate the yellow skin of the lemon only. Grate just enough to get through the yellow skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the lemon and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the lemon and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

Can you freeze the Lemon Brownie Bars?

Cool the Lemon Brownies completely and do not glaze them. Fully wrap the bars in plastic wrap, tightly. After that wrap in aluminum foil or place in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost before serving.


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5 from 3 reviews
One Bowl Lemon Brownies
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 9 bars
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 35 mins


Lemon Brownies:

  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup  white granulated sugar 
  • ½ teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 12 tablespoons  (3/4 cup) unsalted butter  (softened to room temperature)
  • 3  large eggs  (room temperature)
  • 2  lemons zested and juiced 

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup  confectioners sugar 
  • 2-3 tablespoons  freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon  freshly grated lemon zest  (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9x9-inches baking dish with parchment paper and grease it with baking spray or butter, set aside.

Lemon Brownies:

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat together: flour, sugar and butter until creamy.
  2. Add salt, eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest to the flour mix. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Stop once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, start checking after 20 minutes of baking. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean and the sides of the cake will start to get golden brown, while the center will be settled.
  4. Remove from oven and cool in the baking dish for 10 minutes, after that transfer the cake to a cooling rack and continue cooling.

Lemon Glaze:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine until smooth, with no lumps. If the mixture is too thin, add more confectioners sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. If the mixture is too thick, add more lemon juice, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  2. Spread the glaze over the cooled brownies. Let it settle.
  3. Slice into bars and serve.
  4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 4 days.
0 Calories: 344 Carbohydrates: 46 Protein: 3 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 94 Sodium: 152 Potassium: 39 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 35 Vitamin A: 545 Vitamin C: 3.9 Calcium: 17 Iron: 0.9
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Kim @ Berly's Kitchen

Lemon desserts are some of the best! The sweet and tart flavors work so well together. I've never had lemon brownies, but after seeing your recipe I HAVE to try them!! Brownies make me think of fudgy and chocolaty, but these look completely different. I could totally go for a batch of these! They look absolutely amazing!



I have had many different Lemon desserts in my lifetime but I have never heard of a lemon brownie. They look delicious and that is the first thing that gets me. When I see something so pretty I assume it will taste as good as it looks. I am sure this would be a hit at my house!


Nadalie Bardo

What delicious witchcraft is this? Who knew that brownies didn't have to be... well, brown? You're a genius, lemon brownies sound absolutely divine.


Bianca Dottin

This looks amazing! I printed this recipe out to give it a try!



Can bottled lemon juice be used instead?




Kelly Smith

A quick and easy to make. I may add more lemon juice next time as these had just a subtle lemony flavor. Great texture...just like a brownie! Definitely make again.


So happy that you liked these!



Can I make these keto friendly!


no, sorry, not really.


Curly Rosie

Great variation on a classic Brownie!! I love the pretty yellow so fresh !  I would definitely give this recipe a 10 star!! Easy to assemble and everyone thought they were amazing 


Hi Curly, thanks for visiting. We are glad you have enjoyed it. Thank you!


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