Sticky Gooey Lemon Brownies

I love chocolate. Deeply. I’ll admit it. I’m not ashamed. But every now and then, particularly in the spring, I start craving lemons. They are light, refreshing, and mouth-puckeringly delicious. Lemon curd (on anything!). Lemon pie. Lemon poppyseed muffins. Lemon brownies?

When you think of brownies, it’s usually all about the chocolate right? Well, why not mix it up a little?!  These lemon brownies will make you happy. You’ll dig ’em…pinky swear. They are moist and dense but have a light, sunny flavor. They’re what happens when you have a hankering for sweetened condensed milk. Yes, that can totally happen.

Lemon brownies are a little hard to describe so you’ll just have to make these and see for yourself! Trust me. You won’t regret it.

4.9 from 15 reviews
Sticky Gooey Lemon Brownies
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9x13" baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar & salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice & zest until combined.
  4. Mix the butter mixture into the flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes until set and just golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean.
  6. Let the bars cool slightly in the pan before glazing.
  7. For Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons fresh- squeezed lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest until smooth.
  8. Pour over the lemon brownies and cool before serving.


adapted from Sweet Anna’s


  1. Tina says

    Hi – is the flour used plain flour or self raising flour – Im in Australia so not sure. Also the sugar is it castor sugar or just plain sugar that you use to put into coffee . Thank you

  2. says

    These are the most amazing lemon brownies ever! I have made these several time for work and for my family. Everyone loves them! I have shared your website with everyone who asks for the recipe. Thank you for sharing these delicious delights!!

  3. Linda says

    These were amazing… tasty and glaze is the crowning glory. Thanks for the pin.

    From Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada

  4. Jacquelyn says

    Just tried this recipe this past weekend. It taste delicious and even the texture was perfect! The only issue I came across was my brownies browning quickly on the edges and my brownies also sunk in the middle so it was difficult to get an even layer of the delicious icing. Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

  5. Teresa P. says

    I lost the lemon brownie recipe my friend had given me and I’m so happy that I did. I found this online last week. I have made it four times since. I have taken them to work and shared with friends and family. These are so delicious and really quite easy to make. The fact that there are plenty of ripe lemons on my tree means I can share your recipe and some lemons with my friends. Thank you so much for sharing with us Becky!

  6. Ana says

    They were an absolute hit! :) Yummy, quick and easy. Will definitely be making this again.

  7. Amanda Reichert says

    Holy Love of Lemon – these are amazing! My husband and daughter love lemon so I decided to give these a try, they will absolutely be a regular sweet in our house. Thanks for sharing, this is a lemony, summer delight.

  8. nancy says

    I made these a few years ago, they were like my summer BBQ go-to recipe. Well, everyone always wanted the recipe, and unfortunately I ended up mistakenly giving up my final copy. And I totally scoured the internet trying to find these exact ones, and unfortunately I never found ’em. So I refused to bake a single lemon square ever again, because none compare to your recipe. Well, lo and behold, desperate again I looked through an old email acct that I had and scoured the archived messages, and today I have finally re-found your amazing lemon brownies. They are THAT good, and were worth every moment spent searching over the past couple of years.

  9. Becky says

    I’m so glad you found them again Nancy! These are soooo yummy, and different than a typical lemon bar. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  10. Becky says

    Andrea, I have not tried that and don’t have experience swapping out that amount of sugar with stevia. Please let me know if you try it!


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