Lemon Brownies #SundaySupper

Lemon Brownies

I need lots of sunshine in my life. And when the actual sun isn’t present, which is frequent here in Michigan, I turn to Mom. She is my sunshine when that big star in the sky is hidden behind clouds and snow and other yucky things or when even at its brightest, said star isn’t enough.

My life is unique, unlike no one else’s and in flux constantly as I wade my way through the turbulent waters and try to find my place in the world. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with a mom who stands by me no matter what.

Lemon Brownies

She comforts me when I’m crying about things big and small. She helps me come up with ideas for my writing. Seriously, she should get a job as an editor. She bakes and cooks with me and does the dishes, even when she doesn’t want too. She goes shopping with me, and every once in awhile buys things on a whim.

She tells me things are going to work out and all my dreams will come true (or at least some of them) when I can’t see that ever happening. I imagine she sometimes doubts it too, but she never tells me. And most of all, she loves me. The love of a mom is a powerful thing, more powerful than even the sun sometimes.

Lemon Brownies

I know my life and Mom’s life haven’t turned out in the way we hoped as of late, but I won’t give up and things will get better. One day soon, maybe I can take some of the pressure off of Mom and be the sun in our worlds. She can take over as the moon.

When Mom needs a little extra sunshine, we love to make lemon desserts together. These Lemon Brownies were one of our favorites. I’ve made Orange Brownies before, but they were more like orange cake. These are definitely brownie like. They are rich, dense, and almost gooey in the center. The lemon flavor shines through and the glaze, applied when warm, melts in, intensifying that gooey brownie-ness.

Celebrate Mom all the time, but make today extra special with these Lemon Brownies!

Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 9 large brownies



1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch square pan.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in the lemon juice, followed by the flour and salt. Mix until just combined.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

Toward the end of baking time, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, lemon zest and juice. Add more sugar or juice as necessary until a thick, but pourable glaze is formed.

Poke holes in the brownies with a toothpick and spread the glaze on top. Cover the whole thing. Allow to cool completely in pan before cutting and serving.

Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave 30 seconds.


Recipe adapted from Foodista


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  1. Renee says:

    Those are the fluffiest brownies I’ve ever seen. How delightful.

  2. Joanne says:

    I love how close you and your mom are and I’m wishing you two so much happiness!! What lovely lemon brownies! These are definitely sunshine in a pan!

  3. Tara says:

    What a wonderful looking dessert, love that they are lemon!! Can’t get enough of it lately!!

  4. Liz says:

    iYour lemon brownies look terrific! The texture is perfect! Happy Mother’s Day to your wonderful mom!

  5. Stacy says:

    Gooey AND lemony and I’m sold!

  6. Beth says:

    I love lemon desserts, and I think these would be one of my favourites! Gorgeous.

  7. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman. What a great tribute to her and nice recipe to share with her as well. Happy Mother’s Day.

  8. What a sweet post to your mama! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day together 🙂 And these lemon brownies look delicious! I always forget about lemon desserts, but they’re super popular down here. Lemon-y flavors are great in the heat.

    • Laura says:

      Kind of like key lime pie is popular in Florida. I bet there are some amazing ones in your area. That’s always been one of my favorite desserts!

  9. I wish my daughter was as close with me!

  10. You are very blessed indeed to have such a bright source of encouragement and love, Laura. Looks like your mother has an excellent palate, too. Lemon desserts are pleasers in this Ninja Baker’s kitchen, too! P.s. Sprinkles in Beverly Hills and Susie’s Cakes in Brentwood has fantabulous lemony desserts, too. I share that so you’ll know where to go when in LA =)

  11. I am so drooling over these beautiful lemon brownies! MUST make soon!

  12. Caroline says:

    We’re big in to lemon as well (and I’ve brought lemon to Sunday Supper too!) but have never had lemon brownies. They sound great!

  13. These are definitely going on my to make list. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. Happy Mother’s Day

  14. Shaina says:

    I’m so glad I finally gave in and started to like lemon desserts or I’d be missing out on delicious options like these brownies!

  15. That was a beautiful read. You and your mama have such a great relationship! These lemon brownies have me written all over them. I love a good lemon dessert, and who can say no to brownies? Perfect combo.

  16. Sounds like your mom is A++! These brownies sure are — and perfect for me, because I so love lemon. Good stuff — thanks.

  17. Sarah says:

    This would be perfect for our schools graduation tea!

  18. Debbie Eccard says:

    Lemon! I love lemon…..these look fabulous! And I agree, your mom is pretty terrific!!

  19. Lemon brownies? I think I’m in love! This sounds amazing!

  20. What a unique dessert, they look incredible and having a lemon dessert is always a refreshing option.

  21. Debbie says:

    I hate to ask this, but do you think they’d still be good without the glaze? Not a glaze fan!

  22. Nani Wijaya Nasution says:

    Wow! Wonderful! I love these brownies, thank you!


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