Lemon Brownies

Is there anything more stressful than getting a family picture taken?  It is impossible to get all 8 of us smiling, at the camera, at the same time.  I came to terms with that even before we left the house.

We had 145 pictures taken and I still had to try to pick the best one because absolutely none of them had us all smiling, looking at the camera together.
Some of my favorites were the goofy ones and those taken when we weren't paying attention.  They definitely show our family's true personality :)

I guess these really can't be called brownies, but it is the best way to describe them so you can understand their texture.  Moist and dense = perfection.

All of my kids loved them, but a couple thought the glaze was too intense using both the lemon zest and the juice.  To me, it was perfect but you could certainly substitute some milk for the lemon juice.

Lemon Brownies
makes 9x13 pan
(recipe adapted from Bakergirl)
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 1/2 C sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2 Tb freshly grated lemon zest (about 2 medium lemons)
1/4 C fresh lemon juice (about 2 medium lemons)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 C flour

1 C powdered sugar
2 Tb fresh lemon juice
1 Tb freshly grated lemon zest

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray the inside of a 9x13 glass pan with non-stick spray.
2.  Beat together with an electric mixer, the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, and scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Add the lemon juice, zest and salt.  Beat until combined.  Add the flour and mix just until combined.
3.  Spread the batter evenly in your pan and bake for 25 minutes until the edges are beginning to brown.  Cool completely before mixing together the glaze ingredients and spreading over the brownies.


SnoWhite said...

I love the look of these lemon brownies. They would be perfect with fresh raspberries or blueberries!

Loy said...

Coming over from Friday Finds. These sound delicious, and I bet they will be a great summer treat. Thanks for sharing.

linda said...

I saw these on Fridays Finds and they look great! Lemon is my absolute favorite and I will definitely make these. Thank you!

Kim said...

I just came across your blog from Finding Joy in My Kitchen. I LOVE your blog! I totally got sucked in with all your tasty meals and ended up going through your whole blog! I can't wait to get to trying some of your recipes.

shine like stars forever... said...

Just finished making these...they are delish!! Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

I made these past weekend, they were so good!!!! Will make many more times, Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!

Jenny said...

I love anything lemon..these look scrumptious!!!I am anxious to make them.
You will have to visit my blog . I start in June.

sarahbells2 said...

These sound amazing but do you have any reccomendations for how to make them gluten free?

Rikka said...

My dad would absolutely love these!! Im planning on making them this weekend, i just wanted to ask though, what is the exact measurement of 2 sticks of butter? Im in Australia and i think our packaging may be a little bit different than yours.

Carole said...

Rikka - they are amazing! Two sticks is 1 cup of butter. Thanks.