These scrumptious lemon brownies have a decadent, citrus flavor. You will find the texture different than other lemon bars, as this one has a cake-like, gooey texture inside, reminiscent of brownies.
You can make them with almost zero effort, and you don’t need to break out an electric mixer. Just hand mix five common pantry ingredients, pour them into the individual wells of a Wilton brownie pan and bake them. It really does not get any more simple than this!
I serve them just as is. However, I imagine how much you might enjoy a luxurious smear of cream cheese frosting. Or perhaps, you could dust them generously with powdered confectioners’ sugar? These just don’t make it to that point in my house.
When you bake these off, you can choose less time in the oven for softer edges. My husband (I don’t eat sweets, generally) prefers a dark, crispy edge. So you can experiment with the crispy edges as you please. Using a brownie pan that bakes these bars individually gives more “edge pieces” than a traditional 8×8″ small cake pan. So if you don’t have one of these, you can use a traditional baking pan. However, if you are interested in a brownie pan, the image below is the product I personally use.
How to Make Lemon Bars (Lemon Brownies)
Are you ready to bake? Here is all you need to know to get started.
Lemon Brownie Kitchen Supplies
You only need a few basic supplies to whip up a batch of these sweet and sour goodies.
- Brownie pan with 12 individual wells
- Non-stick baking spray (personal pick: Baker’s Joy)
- Large mixing bowl or batter bowl (the batter bowl makes less mess when it’s time to put batter into the brownie pan wells!)
- A spatula
These are not your typical lemon bars (although those are great, too!) These are honest-to-goodness brownies with a gooey, lemon flavor and crispy, satisfying edges. You can serve this as-is, or you may top them with powdered sugar or cream cheese icing.
These are not your typical lemon bars (although those are great, too!) These are honest-to-goodness brownies with a gooey, lemon flavor and crispy, satisfying edges.
You can serve this as-is, or you may top them with powdered sugar or cream cheese icing.
After you bake, let the brownies cool thoroughly, then store them in an airtight container for three days, if they last that long.
The Bottom Line: Baking Can Be Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie
A pre-boxed cake mix is a convenient item to keep on hand for many delicious uses.
For example, you might also like to make my Aaple Bourbon Peanut Mini Cakes, made from spice cake mix, but with a nice wallop of Bulleit Bourbon. If you’re not a spice cake fan, may I suggest the Pineapple Rum Pina Colada flavored cake (it’s WW friendly).
Anyhoo… I digress…
While you could make lemon brownies from scratch, why? These are moist and gooey on the inside with crispy edges, and perfectly satisfying. You can serve these up in under thirty minutes, and nobody must know it came from a cake mix!