One Bowl Lemon Brownies

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

One bowl. No mixer. So easy. And they're just as good whole wheat! You’ll need 3 small lemons and always zest the lemons before juicing. The 8x8 pan will produce cakier bars while the 9x9 will be a bit more dense. ALWAYS AERATE YOUR FLOUR BEFORE MEASURING. (My photo shows the whole wheat version) - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Makes: 16

One Bowl Lemon Brownies


  • 1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage 2% - never fat free)
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use avocado oil)
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Glaze:
  • 1 rounded cup powdered sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • about 2 to 4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9-inch square pan with foil, leaving extra for “handles.” Line the foil with parchment paper if you like.
  3. Put all ingredients into a bowl.
  4. Stir by hand until smooth (about 30 seconds).
  5. Spread batter in pan and bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Lift out of pan and spread glaze over warm brownies.
  8. Glaze:
  9. Stir glaze ingredients together in a bowl, adding juice gradually until glaze is spreadable.

No Yogurt? You can use sour cream instead.

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

460 Comments on "One Bowl Lemon Brownies"

  1. Susan

    Loved the video – and this very forgiving recipe! Practicing social isolation, had to use what I had on hand: walnut oil was the most neutral oil in the pantry. Since we are vegan, I substituted the eggs and the yogurt with 3/4 C silken tofu (A substituted item from the grocery delivery and I didn’t know what I was going to do with it anyway). The brownies turned out quite moist, but still wonderful! Thanks

  2. Karen

    These were so amazing and easy!!!
    Such a Great Receipe – Deelicious
    Thank You

  3. Darbie

    I’m so glad I came across your video. Your colorful style is adorable and it’s definitely a reflection of your personality. Can’t wait to make these. Looking forward to seeing more Recipes. #quarantininginLouisiana

  4. Cooking Rebel

    These look amazing and with lemons in abundance where I live, I’m going to make some right away! Yummy!

  5. Susie Music

    I love you site and recipes!

    When you started to eat “one” brownie and it was 1/4 of the pan I LAUGHED OUT LOUD!

    I needed that – thank you!

  6. Roslyn

    Your lemon brownies look amazing. Can’t wait to try them. Can you substitute almond flour to make them gluten free, and if so, how much?

    • Sandra

      Hello Roslyn, I made the baked donuts and substituted 1/2 cup flour with 1 cup almond flour and monk fruit sugar substitute. I also made the glaze with almond milk, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Loved them

  7. Pat from Canada

    Wow, this recipe is so easy and delicious!
    For fun I used a Bundt pan and it worked out well.
    As we are self quarantining during Corona Virus and short of some ingredients, I substituted the lemon juice with 2 Tbsp of lemon-orange marmalade that I had made day before. I will attach photo if possible.
    By the way, Jenny, you are so sweet and make cooking and baking look like child’s play. I love your colourful outfits, bowls and timer.

    Sorry couldn’t insert photo, but result is lovely, so moist
    Think I will add in either walnuts or almonds next time.

  8. Lazy Susan

    I loved your easy artisanal bread, Jenny. Can’t wait to try these. My goodness, do sourpusses really need more lemons?

  9. Nylah Birkholz

    I saw the picture today.. I made them today. I was sold on this recipe… So
    easy to make, and really delicious… The neighbors liked them too…. Thank you so much..

  10. Iya Bynghi

    Could I use lime instead of lemon????

  11. Beige

    So yummy, made a double batch last night. Making another batch right now, added a dash of cardamom and used egg substitute, superb.
    Thanks for the great recipes.

  12. Wennie

    Yum!! Used sour cream, since we are isolating and was on hand. So easy and so good! Thank you Jenny!! Hope you and your are well & safe 💕

  13. Alicia

    Could you use vanilla yogurt if you don’t have the Greek yogurt?

    • Roni Filla

      Yes you could use the Vanilla Yogurt as it is light in the Vanilla flavor. Too much could slightly change the flavor. You should be ok. I have used my Instant Pot sweetened Yogurt with vanilla and it works fine. I also use King Arthur Regular AP Flour with great results.

  14. Melanie

    My husband actually found this recipe. I can’t wait to make it!

  15. Laura

    Hi Jenny, the skill level to make these is on par with my baking ability. They’re absolutely delicious! Keep the recipes coming, bad hair days or not.

  16. Kim martyn

    Jenny, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes, dont worry about the trolls everyone gets them, if they keep it up just block them it makes for such a nicer page. Excited for the next video.

  17. Kathy

    I have all the ingredients except that the Fage yogurt that I have is 0% fat. Now that we are asked to stay home because of this Covid-19 outbreak, and not go out unless neccessary, can you give me an idea how to tweak this recipe and replace the Fage yogurt or add a fat?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I reject fat free yogurt for the ingredients but I would still try it. It could very well turn out. Another option would be sour cream.

      • Kathy

        Thanks for the quick reply! I will give it a try.

      • Denise

        I only had FF yogurt on hand…. it’s in the oven,🙏🏼 I will let you know 🤗

    • Karen

      Kathy…mine are in the oven right now. I didn’t have the yogurt either so I used sour cream. It might change the flavor a little but I don’t care…also I doubled the recipe.

    • Debbie

      I used buttermilk instead of yogurt, because that is what I had available.They are wonderful.

  18. Izzylind

    I found they were not done in 20 minutes – needed 30

    • Izzylind

      They are delicious – I used Meyer lemons, perhaps use less sugar.
      Are they supposed to rise?

  19. Sue

    Can I use zest of lemon that you get in a bottle instead of beating from a lemon

    • Kristin

      There is a huge amount of sulfites in bottled lemon substitutes. I have seen an adverse reaction to it first hand and it wasn’t pretty.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Also, the taste is nothing like fresh lemon and much of the flavor comes from the fresh lemon zest.

  20. Lemon Liz

    Is it possible to make these dairy-free? soy yogurt, maybe? I don’t want to add anything that will affect the flavor too much. It would be great to be able to share these with dairy/lactose-intolerant friends and family.

    • Dawnellen Hicks

      Hey all,
      I just made this dairy free with silk unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt! It tastes great but definitely very lemony. I might try incorporating dairy free cream cheese into the glaze 🤷🏻‍♀️

  21. blester

    Here is a tip for the foil.
    Take a sheet of foil and pleat it to fit the width of the pan. Lay it in the pan. Take another sheet of foil and pleat it to fit the length of the pan, Lay it in the pan to criss cross the other direction.
    When you take the brownies from the pan just use the bottom foil as the handle to remove,

    • Denise

      Thanks. – great suggestion….. wish I saw this earlier. Lol. Next time

  22. Geraldine

    Great recipe, lemon brownies turned out just like Jenny’s! OMG moist and zesty, reminded me of spring. A big hit with everyone! Thank you for the recipe! Definitely a keeper and a winner!

  23. Beachykeen

    Lawdamercy, aka Lord, have mercy on all of us! Turn off the sound, watch the prep, print the recipe, and just make the brownies. It’s a cooking v-log, not a soapbox for personal views. I haven’t heard a word yet, but the recipe is great. So I don’t know what y’all are talking about, and I’m happy with the food.

  24. Nancy Stoops

    Just found this blog today. Like the simplicity of recipes and the humor of Jenny!

  25. Sonia

    Made these this afternoon and just took them out of the oven. So easy! My only concern is that I may have overdone it with the lemon, especially in the glaze. Maybe I should’ve washed the lemons first? There is a strange sort of aftertaste from the rind. I never do wash citrus before I use rind so was a little surprised at this. Waaaay too tart. I know I cannot officially judge until after I have completed the recipe and giving them the taste test. Serving them for Book Club tomorrow night. I’ll report back. Thanks for the recipe Jenny…. and ALL your recipes. 🤗

    • Renee

      washing fruits and vegetables is always needed for you do not know what bacteria is lurking on it. Also, you don’t want to grate into the white part of the lemon, just hte outer yellow peel.

      • Denis P

        You do have a good point Renee.
        Thanks Jenny

    • Max

      ALWAYS wash fruits and veggies, cannot imagine how many people have touched them prior yuck!

      • Linda

        I agree with Max.
        I put my fruit in a drainer wet them squirt dish soap on them then spray them to get the soap off dry in paper towels before using.

      • Barbara Winter

        Yesterday I watched a lady drop a bunch of asparagus on the grocery floor!
        She put it back and took a different bunch! I made sure I didn’t choose that one, but couldn’t help to think how many get that treatment or worse!

    • Gail

      You may have zested the lemon to close to the pith part (white). Next time try to just get the yellow part and not the white. That is very bitter.

  26. Elmo

    Can I make these as cupcakes?

  27. Tawnya Huntsman

    I love your recipes and watching you. But……I must turn off the sound. I believe your continual use of the Lords name in vain to be MOST offensive. The phrase “Oh my God”, is not a descriptive adjective for any thing other than prayer to God. You show your low standards for what many deem as holy. You think high fat content is not healthy for your body, and I think saying Gods name in vain is not healthy for the spirit.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      This is my second request to please end this conversation. It’s clear there are opinions on both sides so nothing is gained by continuing further. Please keep the focus on food, especially when home cooking has suddenly become vital. Thank you very much.

    • Robin

      You’re sounding a little self-righteous there. I don’t think the Lord would like that either.

    • Diane L.

      Tawnya. With your logic saying, “Thank God” is wrong. Taking the Lord’s name is vane is NOT the same as using the Lord’s name in joy. Jenny has such a kind and generous spirit and provides all these wonderful recipes at no cost to us. That says more about her and your judging her says more about you.

      • Hazel Henderson

        Well responded!!
        Some people just look for issues!!
        They need to go get a life!!!!

    • Nona

      I’ve found that when something offends me, as this seems to offend you, it’s best to not watch any more. Perhaps you’ve already taken this into consideration.

    • Betty

      God doesn’t need you to defend Him aha

    • Antoinette

      I agree. Ih my gosh works just fine and doesn’t bring the Almighty into baking. It’s just a bad habit that can be overcome with a little effort. It hurts my ears,too.

    • Ginny

      I agree.

    • Lynn

      To Tawnya Huntsman, (I think you’re the one resenting Jenny’s constant use of “OMG” in her dialog.) I totally agree with you! This phrase has become very commonplace, just as so many other sins in our America. I cringe every time I hear or see it written. While God is certainly involved in the affairs of mankind, He does not want to hear His Name used at every crook in the road nor as an exclamation, ‘in vain’. He is Sovereign, Holy, Creator, Savior, Spirit and when we appear at the judgment seat, those who are not covered in the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus) will have to answer/pay for every word, deed, act that God calls sin. And taking His Name in vain is one of those. Do not mock the God of the Universe!

    • Just A Cook

      Oh my God…the brownies were awesome!

    • Cathy

      ‘Let he/she who is without sin, cast the first stone’

    • Pat Ricia

      Yes, I feel the same way about using His name so flippantly. Glad I’m not the only one

    • Pat Ricia

      Gee, the Bible is SO clear about not taking the Lord’s name in vain. So the mud slingers who want to defile we Bible thumpers just HAVE to respond with their critiques of us. Which, of course, makes them very guilty of breaking one of the two Great Commandments, “love your neighbor as yourself.” Truthfully, I’d rather be in the Bible thumpers group!

      • Pat Martin

        Perhaps you should hop off that high horse and practice what you preach.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      It’s probably best to let this go and focus on the food. Thank you. – jenny

      • Layla's Mom

        Yes Jenny, I agree this focus should be on the food, deliciously given to us for our enjoyment. Any political or religious references are not appropriate in this format. Thanks for what you share.

        • Adrienne

          Should we be ‘about the Father’s business’ (involved in true ministry) instead of arguing……just sayin’……

    • Just Saying

      I know this comment but “God” is a title not a name.

    • Church Lady

      Well, aren’t you special?

    • Tori Mae

      Tawnya, Please consider the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity
      to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. God wants us to put our energy where it will have an impact.

    • Betham

      I’m afraid I too am very offended by you taking the Lord’s name in vain frequently.
      I don’t subscribe for this reason. Please stop taking God’s name in vain. It is so easy to stop and offends our God and Savior extremely. Please, for the good of your soul.

    • Dave

      I agree. I love you. I love your recipes. Taking the name of the creator of the universe in vain spoils it.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      This is my second request to please end this conversation. It’s clear there are opinions on both sides so nothing is gained by continuing further. Please keep the focus on food, especially when home cooking has suddenly become vital. Thank you.

  28. Dawn

    Made these, again. This time with whole wheat flour, regular, not pastry (couldn’t find pastry flour in the store).

    Used 8″ pan this time.

    Also, didn’t use the 3/4 cup sugar, but a little less than 1/2 a cup. I found 3/4 cup too sweet.

    Once, again, delicious!

    I think I prefer the 9″ pan.

    Strangely, I found I like the whole wheat flour and regular flour versions, equally. What this means is, outside the sugar, this desert is actually pretty darn healthy with some good protein.

    I wish all recipes were equally easy and fast and this delicious.

  29. Christina

    Made these this afternoon and they were so good. Recipe so easy…one bowl. Thank you! My son loved them and so did I!

  30. Greg

    I’d like to make these for a church potluck. Can I double the recipe and use a 13 X 9 inch pan?

    • Dawn

      I made these the first time following the recipe exactly. There is just enough batter to thinly cover an 8 x 8 pan. Then, surprisingly, it doubles in thickness once it’s baked. The icing makes it really moist.

      So, all in all the ratio of height and icing is one of the things that makes this recipe so delicious.

      Then I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9 x 9 pan. It, of course, came out thicker and that did not work as well. It’s too thick for the icing and batter to work synergetically.

      So, my suggestion is if you double the recipe, just make sure it’s in a pan that will not make it too thick.

      Also, a heads up. It’s REALLY, really sweet.

    • Evelyn

      Doubling the recipe is what I plan to do to make a big batch, which I’ll serve during my church’s fellowship/coffee hour. I love the simplicity of the recipe. Thanks, Jenny, for sharing this.

    • Rosie

      You can double the recipe. If you ever need to figure out proportions just go back to algebra class..8″ x 8″ pan (just multiply the width x length have a area of 64″ ,(doubling that is 128) as compare to 13 x 9 which = 117 making it just a bit under double the area, so I think it will work and just be a bit thicker. Good luck.

  31. Dawn

    Made these the other day. Delicious! Had no idea something so quick and easy could taste so good. Soft, moist, heavenly.

    Though next time I will half the sugar in the batter.

    One recipe to make again and again.

  32. Ethel Molini

    I don’t have any yogurt (family does not like yogurt) so what can be used in its place?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      You can use sour cream but keep in mind that you do not taste the yogurt in this recipe. Not everyone likes to drink buttermilk but they love buttermilk pancakes and cakes that are baked with it.

      • Evelyn

        Jenny, can I substitute mayonnaise for the sour cream or yogurt? Thank you.

        • Jenny Can Cook

          No, mayonnaise is not advisable. Only yogurt or sour cream will work in this recipe.

  33. Stephen HARRIS

    These were a hit at my Walmart fundraiser lunch today.

  34. Teri

    Will this recipe work well using oranges?

  35. JillzKitchen

    Why do you avoid baking with butter? Is vegetable oil better for health?

    I love your personality and your recipes! I finally recognized you! No wonder your vids are so good! You were a tv personality as a pro! Thank you Jenny!

    • Hélène

      Seed oils, “veg oil” are terrible for you. Butter is best.

    • Teri

      I choose butter over oil in most recipes, because butter is healthier than vegetable oil. Butter gives it more depth of flavor and very moist soft products. I use butter in my breads, rolls, cakes, etc…pizza dough I use olive oil. It really depends upon the recipe, but I choose to use butter and/or buttermilk in the majority of recipes that call for oil. Oh, and I use applesauce, pureed prunes, and dates soaked in hot water then blended, in my recipes in place of oil or butter, like when baking healthier brownies. Butter is also very delicious! 😉

  36. Carol F

    Jenny, I have tried several of your recipes since I found your channel on Ytube. They have all been delicious! I just pulled my lemon brownies out of the oven, they are cooling and awaiting their glaze…to be devoured tonight 🙂 I hope this message finds you well. Enjoy your sweetness and sass, God bless!

  37. Peggy

    Is it dueable to double receipe? Love your quick and easy!!

  38. angelina c tavares

    Great recipe ! the only thing I change was the plain Greek yogurt. I only had lemon Greek yogurt flavor. It work and really taste good. thank you Jenny for your great recipes. I will make this once again.

  39. janelynn

    This has nothing to do with baking, but I just read Jennie’s biography. It made her out to be like a saint–don’t know about that but I want to say she sure is delightful. We need more people on earth like her; she could sell her recipes for millions but she makes them available to everybody for free.

    • Rebecca

      This video has everything to do with baking. Did you even watch her video?
      It’s a quick and easy way of BAKING lemon brownies, which myself didn’t even know was a thing.
      I’m 50yrs old, I’ve lived here in this home with a lemon tree in the back yard for three years, fortunately I’ve had to have major surgery each one of those yrs,so I’m unable to stand but just a few minutes at a time. But I can’t stand watching ANY TYPE of food go to waste, so I thought I would check out different ways of doing something with lemons. I’ve only seen this one video of hers, and no-one is a saint, but she sure is an Angel in my eyes…
      And thank you again for your very easy to follow and delicious recipe.
      God bless all of us!!

      • Teri

        I’m pretty sure she meant her comment had nothing to do with baking. 🙄

      • Tawnya Huntsman

        Shes no saint, but a wonderful cook.
        I find her repeatedly using Gods name in vain very offensive. I watch the videos without sound, and it works just fine.

        • Patricia K Martin

          Give it a rest. You sound very arrogant.

        • Just Saying

          “God” is a title, not a name. Research it.

        • Celeste R.

          Since I’ve seen this same comment from you before on this site, Tawnya, I’m moved to suggest that you might benefit from seeking a more helpful way to satisfy your ego–maybe bake and cook more and share with the needy?

  40. Rose

    Ok so I just made these gluten free by just switching the flour. Turned out great. I’m going to try them again tomorrow to make them low carb by replacing the all purpose flour for almond flour and replace the sugar for erythritol. This should be fun and delicious 😋

    • Judy

      I am very interested in how your gluten-free lemonies turned out. Can you share the flour you used and if you did the keto version I would love that as well. How did it turn out?

    • Carole

      When you substituted the almond flour was it the same measurement as white flour?

    • Hélène

      Using almond flour would be a flop.
      No it’s not a 1 for 1 sub either.
      Use recipes specifically developed for almond and coconut flour.

    • Mz. CoCo

      How did they turn out? I would like to try your version 😋

  41. Rose

    Hi Jenny,
    I’ve seen more than one recipe for “Lemonies” but your recipe is the easiest and tastiest by far. Love all your videos and have tried most of them. Keep ‘em coming 😋

  42. Sandra Adams

    I loved your video, it showed me exactly how to.much more than just reading.i will remember the video thank you

  43. Galley Grub Girl

    They look great but should be called yellowish or lemonies, they are not brown like chocolate brownies. Same a the strawberry ones should be called pinkies. Just a pet peeve of mine.

    • Galley Grub Girl

      Darn auto-correct, yellowies or lemmonies not yellowish.

  44. Susan

    I made these lemon brownies and I used sour cream instead of yogart and they were delicious! Thanks for a great easy desert.

  45. tracy

    i made these tonight tastes amazing like all ur recipes just wondering how these freeze with icing on im thinking to wrap individually maybe i shouldnt have done the icing lol i live alone cant eat them all or maybe i can just kidding ty again for all ur delish recipes especially luv the pizza in the cast iron pan xxoo

    • Nancy

      Cut and freeze them before wrapping. Unwrap before thawing.

  46. Pam

    Just found your site. Haven’t tried anything yet but am making a list. These are gonna be made and taken to my son’s house this weekend. He loves lemon stuff like I do. Might have to double it for his family. Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for the recipes and videos. Everything looks so good. Wish I had smellavision.

  47. Hannah

    We had dinner company tonight and I forgot about dessert. I had read this recipe earlier today so I decided to make it after we ate. Quick to put together. Only modifications I made, thru lack of planning, was to use whole milk vanilla yogurt rather than Greek yogurt, and the zest from the half lemon that I had.
    It was a total hit. The 4 of us totally polished off the whole thing.
    Family dinner is this Friday. Might have to double the recipe this time lol
    Thanks for a fast, easy, and delicious cake recipe!

  48. Sue Reed

    Thank you Jenny for this wonderful recipe. Just whipped these up after dinner with my hubby. He has a real sweet tooth but is a type 2 diabetic. I cut the sugar to 1/2 cup and we omitted the icing and opted for just a dusting of powdered sugar. Just perfect. We will make these again. We both enjoy your recipes. Blessings from Sue and Jack in Delaware.

    • judy c.

      I cut the sugar to a half cup and also just made a third of the glaze to drizzle on. Perfect!

  49. Joann

    Are these more cake-like? or are they chewy? Thanks

    • Sue Reed

      Hi Joann,
      These are like a little lemon cake. Would be perfect served with strawberries. Easy to make and turned out great. Give them a try. Sue

    • MaryAM

      THE ones I’ve had are more a gooey chew I guess like some fudge. Also The powdered sugar might need a little lemon mixed for flavor. BUT I have always dusted them w the dry powder w no liquid.

  50. Lyn

    Just found your recipe for lemon brownies. They look great! But I’d like to know what the nutritional info is…calories per, fat, etc on each brownie.

  51. CJ Clayton

    First time ‘watcher’…. LOVE everything you do…been ill a bit and trying to get my grove back…..and suspect your recipes will do the trick! CJC

  52. Millie

    I’ve just discovered your videos. The thing I like most about them is that they are usually great for cooking for one or two people. It seems that most cooking shows are all about entertaining or family meals. I’ve heard friends say that cooking for one is too much trouble and not worth the effort. Your recipes prove them wrong. Thanks.

  53. Ilona

    I’ve made this recipe about 10 times already, and its amazing. What an easy and tasty treat to make on the weekends! I sometimes replace the greek yogurt for vanilla yogurt, or use less sugar that written in the recipe. LOVE IT!

  54. Sammy

    After realizing that I forgot to buy the Greek yogurt, I just happened to remember that I had sour cream in the fridge so I used that. I’m not sure what the difference would be with the yogurt but these came out fantastic

  55. Susiebee

    I made these exactly as in your recipe. It turned out EXACTLY as perfect as yours did in the video. 20 minutes in the oven was perfect timing. I served them that evening, with raves all around. No leftovers, of course. Thank you for a really nifty dessert. I described it to my daughter today and she asked me to send it to her.

  56. P

    I used the limes and bottled lemon juice i had on hand. Plus, I used half GF all purpose flour as well as 1/2 almond flour to make it lower carb. Sour cream was used instead of yogurt. Used 2/3 c of unprocessed sugar. Made the glaze with bottled lemon juice. Cooked the brownies an extra 7 minutes and they were PERFECT! I also followed your rule on the ONE brownie (wink).

    I love your cooking channel, Jenny!

  57. Sandy

    Jenny, your recipes are just fantastic.This is another super recipe with no butter. My daughter moved unfortunately. Gonna send her this recipe as she loves lemon. Hugs

  58. Barbara J

    Absolutely wonderful! I have a lemon tree that bears fruit year round and am always looking for good lemon desserts. Most are high fat, but not this one. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour as an experiment, as I needed a gluten-free desert to take to a get-together. Since whole wheat pastry flour was a choice, I thought it would work. Well, it did. It was soooo good! Even Hubby had positive comments, and he rarely comments. I made 2 more, one for the get-together and the other for my gluten intolerant friend. Everyone loved it! Thank you for this recipe. I will be baking it often.

  59. rjp

    I need a dairy free version. Will try low-fat mayonnaise. it has the acid needed and a little fat (like low-fat yogurt.) If it doesn’t work, i’ll get some vegan “yogurt”

    • Melody

      Hi there, as your wanting a fat free & oil free mayo, you may like this very healthy version, here’s my recipe, 10 ozs silken tofu,1 tbls lemon juice, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp spicy mustard, 1 tbls raw sugar, 1 tsp salt, mix all very well & there you have a healthy mayonnaise, I hope this was helpful.

  60. DJ

    This is the fastest, simplest, most delicious lemon dessert ever…it is my “go to” whenever I need a quick dessert that everyone loves. One bowl, no mixer — what could be easier?! Thank you, Jenny!

  61. Jen

    Jenny, your Flour Basic page says that whole wheat pastry flour is “good for most recipes that use all-purpose flour when you want to add fiber”. Since they have the same protein/gluten %, is there any reason why AP flour wouldn’t be suitable for this recipe?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      It adds fiber and several minerals.

    • Pauline

      Love your lemon brownies your spaghetti sauce

    • Shawna

      I substituted the flour for a gluten free blend (with xanthan gum) and the brownies turned out perfect! Thanks Jenny. They were quick and fun to make with hubby 🙂

  62. CeeCee

    Hi, I was wondering if AP flour can be substituted for the wheat pastry flour in the Lemon Brownies. I’m cooking for several people who can’t digest unprocessed wheat. I have to use AP flour in all my baking. Thank you

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Please see the recipe.

      • Beckwheat

        Easy huh? Well, I am the contrary to easy. First I used AP flour, ok everything else ok, but the batter was not sweet at all, I used Stevia,, shouldn’t that have worked/?. i got desperate The brown sugar was next, i Microwaved some brown sugar i n a little plastic measuring cup….which melted in the microwave with the brown sugar, so now I have to throw away the cup and the brown sugar, but I baked the batter anyway. Batter came out good.
        I am too afraid to try the icing. Are these lemon brownies suppose to be cake like and moist, like super moist? i… need…

        • Jenny Can Cook

          I can only tell you that if you follow the recipe without any changes, it will turn out. I am not able to figure out problems when the recipe isn’t mine so I urge you to try it exactly as written and then let me know how it turned out.

        • rjp

          from one home baker to another: first, sugar in baking is for more than just sweetness. it also provides structure. So substituting stevia, unless the recipe is reworked, would cause the recipe to fail. Second, never ever use plastic in a microwave. Even “microwave safe”. Substances leech out; too high a temperature can melt some plastic. I would try the recipe as written. Good luck

        • Melody

          Hello, if your not wanting to try that sweet type of glaze, maybe instead of the powered sugar, use 4 ozs upto 8 ozs of cream cheese instead this is what I use, for nearly all of my glazes, for replacing a whole cup of sugar, maybe just use 1/4 to a half cup, it’ll be yummy..

    • Diane

      Yes, CeeCee, all purpose flour can be used 😉

  63. Yesse

    Hi I would like to know if I don’t have yogurt can I omit that from the recipe

    • Robin

      I used buttermilk and came out just delicious

    • Stephen

      Sour cream also works very well as a substitute for the yoghurt

  64. Nadaleen

    Omg my daughter and i made these brownies. It’s a hit in our household and sooo easy to make. Thank you Jenny you rock!!

  65. Shonna

    Hi, oh my gosh these look so good!!! But can you help me with a Substitute of the…Yogurt ? And not sour cream??
    I was kinda thinking apple sauce…but it could change the texture.?
    And taste? …and …we love lemon!!!
    I’m a little stuck!! lol

  66. Tim

    Thank you so much for your recipes. Last night my wife and I and your Italian wedding cookies/snowballs we use gluten-free flour and pistachios and made our own sugar-free confectionery sugar substitute
    I really wanted to make Christmas cookies this year but it seem like such a hassle You made it very easy and possible to do and in the process made a wonderful Christmas memory.
    Thank you very much and merry Christmas
    PS I wife and I love your sense of humor. You should have your own television show with your great talent and personality.

    • Debra

      You do know that she had her own tv show, right? From 1991 to 2003.

  67. Nan

    Hi Jenny ,

    Preparing for Christmas and was wondering if these delicious Lemon brownies can be frozen before adding the glaze ??

    • Daphne

      Yes, you can freeze the cake part. Cake freezes well. I wrap tightly in plastic wrap (sometimes double wrap) and then place in a freezer bag.

  68. Tammy A

    Hi Jenny,
    I made these brownies on a fly.
    My Dad loves anything lemon. He even wanted the recipe when I told him how easy they were.
    Blue Ribbon winner, in my house!

  69. Michelle

    How do I adjust this recipe for high altitude & a 9″ x 13″ pan? These brownies look so good and after reading the comments I can’t wait to make them.

    • MikeyMike

      I live in Salt Lake City about 4400 feet above sea level I made no adjustments . they came out wonderful the best ever. I used half wheat and half regular flour was the only difference just because I usually do that with any recipe.

    • MikeyMike

      I live in Salt Lake City about 4400 feet above sea level I made no adjustments . they came out wonderful the best ever. I used half wheat and half regular flour was the only difference just because I usually do that with any recipe. I would doble the glaze topping next time. The glaze is incredible.

    • Hélène

      Increase recipe by a third for a 9×13

  70. Sam

    Made these tonight. Just delicious. Tried the pastry flour way. Will try the other way next. So fresh, light, just sweet enough, perfect! Thanks for another winner, Chef Jenny!!!

  71. michael

    hi there Jenny!
    so happy to have found your channel, always a fan 🙂
    i made these Lemon Brownies today, so good!
    but…mine turned into cake rather than brownie texture, so slightly disappointed
    here’s what i did: i doubled the recipe ingredients exactly, used a 13X9 pan and cooked until done, about 35 mins at 350
    they are delicious but next time i’d like a brownie texture
    maybe i should stick to a single batch in a smaller pan?
    or should i not expect a brownie texture
    cheers! 🙂

    • Cindy Sullivan

      For more of a chewy brownie texture, add more eggs. I would try 1 extra for a single batch…if it’s still too cakey, add another one.

      • michael

        thanks Cindy!
        i’ll give that a try 🙂 i didn’t know eggs had that effect

      • Elsie DesBoine

        Can’t wait to try this recipe I love lemon and so does my family . Thank you

    • Jo007athome

      You more than likely over baked them by just a few minutes. If you want the chewy brownie texture, watch and pull them out when they start pulling away from the edges. If the middle isn’t firm to the touch it’s ok. Most every thing keeps cooking for a couple minutes after they come out of the oven.

    • TeresaBeikes

      Single gives more of brownie texture bigger pan is more cake

  72. Karen

    What a great recipe. I stumbled across your site Friday and made this and the potato salad. So good! When I make the brownies again I will reduce the sugar by about a 1/4 cup. I love a good lemon recipe and this one was so easy to make. Thanks. I will definitely be making more of your recipes.

  73. Dale Thompson

    Love your show ! Years ago I remember seeing you on a TV show maybe it was your own . I have moved around so much I can not remember where. Nice to see you around. Nice to see you have “not gone quietly into that dark night” to paraphrase Dylan Thomas. No you are not that old and gosh you look great !!. Please leave the list of drugs you are on with your next recipe. I jest.

    Here’s an observation: you and many video cooks forget to scrape down the side of the bowel that is nearest to you. I guess it is hard to see. It drives me nuts; think of the waste. Of course if you fail to correct this faux pas it will not affect our relationship.

    Have some fun,
    Dale (Mary)

  74. Dub

    They didn’t have 2% Greek yogurt so i got the 5% is tht o.k.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Yes, any kind (except fat free) will work. Of course the extra fat will add a few more calories.

  75. Bean

    I just made this and it took way longer than 20 mins. I kept giving it another 3-4 minutes. Probably a total of 35 mins or so. Anyway, when it was finally cooked and finished, it was DELICIOUS! My trouble is just having a ‘serving size’ (I initially cut it into 16 – hahaha) then decided that it would be better cut into 9 – oh gosh, to try and not eat it! It is quite lovely! Thank you.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Gosh, it shouldn’t take that long at all. Make sure your oven is preheated long enough – my oven takes a good 20 minutes to reach 350. I’m glad they turned out.

      • Floy A Borgman

        I baked mine 27 minutes. No way were they baked at 20. Delicious! Thanks.

    • Sam

      I experienced the same thing until I finally figured out I needed to buy an inexpensive oven thermometer to make sure my temps are accurate. What a difference it makes! Only costs about $6 or so. Hope it helps.

      • Mary

        Different pans can make a difference in what temp you need to bake at also glass +25 degrees or dark pan -25.

  76. SweetninBB

    I am a seasoned cook and love experimenting with very difficult recipes. But when I was asked to be the Cooking Mentor for some young women at my church, I had to get to the basics. Your site is a God-send for the basics as well as keeping it healthy. Just put in the oven your Lemon Brownies. This will definitely be one I’m recommending to my girls. I’ve already highly endorsed your site to them. Thx for making it easy, delicious and healthy.

  77. Andi

    I just made these delicious lemon brownies and I’m in lemon heaven.
    Jenny, you are the best. I love all your videos. I have made several of your recipes and they turn out just like you said. I absolutely love and adore you.
    You are without a doubt the best “ teacher” ever. It is because of you I can cook and bake. Thank you for everything you do.

  78. Karen

    Yum yum yummy!! My family are going to love these! Thanks Jenny and have a Happy 4th of July!!!

  79. Darlene DeSilva

    My son loves lemon desserts. He is homeschooled and just finished his Jr. High school year. I am surprising him with this dessert when he comes home from work today. Love simple instructions and ingredients….I had all the ingredients in my house to make this.

  80. Julia

    Hi Jenny. I made your lemon brownies this afternoon but they came out really dense and too moist. I wonder if you have tried making them where you combine the sugar/oil/eggs/lemon juice/lemon rind together, then add all of the dry ingredients separately and then mix the dry into the wet? Would that make a difference if I tried it that way? Have you tried melted butter in place of the oil? If you are reading this, and I hope you are, this is going to seem funny to you. I have been watching your cooking videos for at least 4 or years now and I just realized that you are Jenny Jones of TV fame. Wow, what a small world.

  81. Sandi

    I made your one bowl lemon brownies. They were scrumptious. My 86 year old Mom loves lemon desserts. I can’t wait to take them to her.

  82. Susan

    I love this one bowl recipe which is quick and easy to prepare. The lemon brownies are very moist and lemony. My husband and I enjoyed our lemon brownie with a dollop of whipped cream. The whipped cream balances out the sweetness of the glaze. Will definitely make again.

  83. mary m

    sounds wonderful..but there is a difference in the quantity of oil in your video and in the print recipe.. is it 2 or 3 Tablespoons of canola???

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I checked and there is no discrepancy. Both the printable recipe and video call for 3 tablespoons of oil.

      • NanaLinda

        Jenny, Amen to your first response! Your recipe sounds absolutely wonderful and I’m sure if one would follow your exact recipe it would turn out just like you showed us on your video. I’m planning to make it tomorrow night, as written and I know my husband and I will both love it! Keep the recipes and videos coming! Thank you!

  84. nancy

    OMG !!!! This was an excellent recipe ! Thanks so much Jennie.

  85. Richard

    I love these one bowl baking treats–not so much clean up like other recipes!!!

  86. Gina

    Last night after dinner I craved dessert but I had nothing in the house, not even a piece of candy. I was too lazy to change out of my jammies to venture out to shop so I made your lemon brownies, 30 minutes later I was devouring a warm square lemon brownie, was absolutely perfect with a cup of decaf. Also not much to clean up so a double THANK YOU!

  87. Leanne

    I love your recipes!! I’m going to make the lemon brownie today! Looks so yummy!

  88. Karen

    Looks delicious! I like anything lemon

  89. Dennis

    Will be saving and trying this recipe. One thing I do though is change the name. I have a pet-peave about calling any snack bar that is not chocolate a “brownie,” therefore, in my cook book they will be listed a “Lemon Bars,” or Lemonies. I have a recipe for the strawberry version of this that I changed to Pinkies.

  90. Diane

    This recipe looks amazing. I absolutely love lemon. Would not change a thing. Can’t wait to make these. Thank you Jenny. Have a blessed day😇😇

  91. Margo

    As much as the hubs and I love lemon, we love lime even more.
    I am going to do this recipe in the lemon, but I am also going to substitute and do it with the lime.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    God Bless!!

    • Sherilyn

      I love lime too. While in Bali I had lime in my ice tea…..never looked back.

  92. Alexi

    This recipe is GREAT exactly as written! I don’t need to change a thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!

  93. Stephanie

    Delish!!!! I made the cake but topped it with a homemade lemon curd and it was a winner!

  94. Rosalie

    Hi Me again. Just wanted to put this out there. I did freeze the one bowl lemon brownies and they are just as fresh and delicious as the first day I made them. My granddaughter asked me to make them for a work event. They are awesome. Thank you for your recipes and your humor. I always watched your talk show.

  95. Rosalie

    Hi Jenny
    Just made the lemon brownies and they are amazing. The lemon juice and zest make them so yummy. Big fan of anything lemon.
    Do you think they will freeze well, before my husband and I eat the whole plate.

    • Brenda

      Hi Ho Rosalie, did you get an answer to your “can they be frozen and remain as good as freshly made” ? Because in my house, if I did not – these would all wind up as a single size serving!!!

  96. Aliza

    Hi I just made the one bowl Lemon Brownies ( using what I had ( 5% sour cream, ap flour , 1/2 cup sugar and replaced the oil with unsweetened apple sauce) these are so good will be my go to dessert from now on ( I am a Lemon fiend so the tartness is spot on)

  97. Kylene

    These are one of my favorite desserts! I’ve made them twice in 2 weeks and went ahead and bought a whole bag of lemons because I’m sure I’ll make more when they’re gone in 2-3 days. 😊 The first time I made them I used sour cream because I didn’t have yogurt and I used AP flour. They were good but the second batch I made using whole wheat pastry flour and Fage yogurt was much better and less tart than the ones with sour cream. I also added poppyseed to my second batch.

  98. B. E. Anderson

    Delicious! The fresh lemon zest and juice give superb flavor. Can I double the recipe and bake in a 13×9 pan?

  99. Terry

    After reading your comments on percentage of fat needed for these brownies, I checked my low-fat sour cream, it was 2.5% fat, used that and these brownies were wonderful. Hubs and I are lemon lovers, I had shredded coconut, lightly sprinkled it on top while warm, used nonstick tinfoil, left handles, came out perfectly, parchment did not work for me, nor did reg foil, kept getting holes in them, love all your recipes.

  100. Millie

    I made these lemon brownies yesterday because a friend of mine gave me two lemons and I had to go to a neighborhood get together and needed something quick, so I decided to make these since it was One Bowl. Everything came out perfect and looked exactly like your picture. They were a hit! This is the 4th recipe I’ve tried and all have come out beautifully. Just love your recipes! Millie

  101. Terry

    Made this today, I only had nonfat Greek yogurt, I had bought a yogurt strainer many years ago, (what was I thinking?) set it overnight, in refridge it did get rid of all the liquid, very well, used it and I was nervous that I messed it up, but these were great,I never buy anything full fat, for anyone in that situation,I am sure a fine strainer would work just as well, I asked hubby if he thought I should refrigerate the squares he said don’t bother, they will be gone by tomorrow, wonderful recipe. You must have done a great deal of researching to get so many healthier recipes,made the chocolate chip cookies also today, so much less fat, they are just as good and a lot easier to make, I appreciate all the newer recipes as they come along🌹

    , for those with the same situation, I think a fine strainer would work just as wellWhat was I thinking, buying a yogurt strainer

    • Jill

      Lowfat is not “healthier” when there is still 3/4 cup of sugar in the recipe. There is an increasing amount of research showing that the fat is not the issue causing health problems, it’s the sugar. And unfortunately, there still isn’t a good substitute that isn’t made in the lab and doesn’t cause metabolic syndrome. I’m going to try to make these with seeing how little sugar I can get away with. Most recipes call for MUCH too much sugar.

      • Jawjagrrl

        Look into monkfruit. No calories, no carbs, no glycemic spikes for those with diabetes. And no aftertaste like stevia. Pricey, but an organic answer to cane sugar when you really need a little something sweet.

  102. Carl Bankes

    I would like to try the ‘lemon brownies’ recipe but I would rather not use yogurt as an ingredient. Is there an ingredient to substitute for it that would work as well?


    • Elcee

      I had some whole milk ricotta that I wanted to use up so I substituted the ricotta for yogurt. I would say it turned out well enough. It was moist but cakey. I had to cook it for 45 to 50 minutes instead of the 20 minutes suggested in recipe. Love the fresh lemon flavor! I will try with yogurt next time though since it may import more of the tangy flavor.

    • Terre haute Bob

      I tried the recipe with and again without the yougurt and it worked out very good either way. I also tried adding one tlbs butter another time and it was not to my liking. Another time I used three eggs and did not like it. another time I used three lemons and it was a little tart. Now realizing that Jennies recipe is just right, I will stick to it.

    • Rosalie

      I made them today and I used sour cream. They came delicious. Same amount as yogurt.

  103. Jan

    1/25/18 nice lemon favor. Would use parchment paper to line pan instead of aluminum because some of the cake stuck on to the foil. Will make again.

  104. Marichu

    So nice to fiND this easy lemon bars recipe.
    Just me 2 glad I did..practice makes perfect!
    They are just the flavor I am hoping for. Thanks!

  105. Lisa L.

    I can’t believe how easy these were to make! Perfect for a quick dessert that is also impressive (cuz it’s homemade) and delicious! Great recipe! I will be putting this in my “keeper” binder. I have just discovered your blog and videos and I can’t wait to try more recipes.

  106. T

    One more question Jenny or anyone else who tried this with Stevia sweetener rather than regular sugar: did you follow the guidelines on the package to substitute with sugar? How did it turn out?

    • LoveJenny

      Hi T
      I avoid artificial sweeteners but I did try this recipe today and it has a lovely lemon flavour.
      It felt sinful to add, as a diabetic, 3/4c of sugar. So I modified.
      Results not as fluffy..but my flour may have been old.
      I also only had a 12×11.5 pan so I doubled ingredients, but only added 1/2c sugar total. I did not miss the sweet but a less dense result would be nicer; if any one knows a trick for me to fix this..
      I will be making this recipe again with fresher flour.

      I have a question: What recipe uses Oat Bran as an ingredient? I bought oat bran to make a recipe I read; but now I can’t find which recipe it was in. I have read so many of Jenny’s amazing recipes to use. 🙂

      • Trish G

        just google ‘recipes using oat bran; maybe it will come up

      • Kathy K

        Ok with truvia baking mix there’s no reason for ya to not eat your cake.

        It tastes like sugar and bakes like it too.

    • Kathy K

      Ok use 1/4 cup +2 tblsp of truvia baking mix was awesomely

  107. T

    Hi Jenny, I am SO EXCITED to try this recipe! It looks sooo good. I accidentally bought fat free greek yogurt. Will it change the taste or consistency? should I try a bit more oil? Thanks in advance

  108. Efrat

    Thanks for another lovely recipe 🙂 I used sour cream instead of yogurt, and it is great. I love your website!

  109. Russ flaniken

    They turned out really yummy but I think I’d like something other than the confectioners sugar for a glaze . What would you suggest

    • Pjj

      Let it cool more and sprinkle on powdered sugar lightly.

    • Alexi

      Whipped cream
      Fat free Cool Whip

      • Jenny Can Cook

        Whipped Cream is the better choice here. You might agree when you read the ingredients in Fat Free Cool Whip….
        ~~ Water, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Adds a Negligible Amount of Fat) (Coconut and Palm Kernel Oils), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Less than Two Percent of Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Modified Food Starch, Xanthan and Guar Gums, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 65, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Beta Carotene (Color).~~

  110. Russ flaniken

    Hi Jenny . I was looking for a great recipe to make for me and my wife’s movie night but I had run out of butter. I came across this recipe and have decided to try it . So far they smell amazing . I’ve got 2 minutes left on the baking . Thanks for the recipe. I’ll comment again after I’ve tried them.

    • Jawjagrrl

      She has a one bowl chocolate cake that uses no eggs or milk – just a small amount of butter for the icing. Made last week and it was delish! I love that the recipies I have tried so far were fast, easy cleanup and simple ingredients I always have on hand. We avoid processed foods like the plague and it’s ice to make a treat without lots of cleaning up or two hours in the kitchen.

      • rjp

        Check out wacky cake (search for it): no eggs, butter, milk. Oil, flour, cocoa (or vanilla) baking soda, vinegar, sugar. Amazing

  111. Nikta

    I have made this and many of the great recipes on this site quite often and have lots of success. Today, I didn’t have yogurt and used sour cream instead, and the results were definitely better than when I used yogurt.
    Thank you for sharing!

  112. Kate

    could the plain 2% yogurt be replaced by milk?

    • Jenny

      No. It would make the batter too runny and also you need the acid element of the yogurt. You could try sour cream.

  113. Christine J

    Hi Jenny –
    I’m wanting to make your lemon brownies, but I like “stuff” in my brownies – would it be ok to add blueberries to these? If so, how much – and, would it change the baking time?
    Thank you!!

    • Jenny

      I have no way of knowing since I have only made them plain… sorry. If you try, please let us know how they turned out.

    • Wendy

      Hi, made the brownies tonight they were amazing. Sprinkled a handful of mixed frozen berries on top prior to putting into the oven. About five minutes into baking I decide to put in some white chocolate buttons – pushed into the mixture. Worked well and would definally do this again. Added melted white chocolate to glaze. Sorry have no measurement just added what looked about right. For the lemon, I removed the seeds then blitzed two whole lemons for the brownie and one whole lemon for the glaze

  114. Jacinda

    Hi Jenny! I love your recipes. Pretty much almost everything I cook now is a Jenny Jones dish. You are my favorite chef! I made these lemon brownies. I used Cake Flour. I didn’t have any lemons so I had to substitute with bottled Lime Juice instead for the recipe + the glaze. I also couldn’t use any zest because I didn’t have any lemons. The lime juice worked just fine! Also, I didn’t have any yogurt so I substituted mayo instead. Everything turned out delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  115. Pooja

    Hi! You have mentioned a few times to aerate the flour before measuring. Do you mean to sift the flour? Also shall I sift it before or after measuring? Since it will make difference in the total weight of flour, please clarify.


  116. Shivangi

    Hi jenny,

    What can i use as an egg substitue, and in what quantity?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Jenny

      Please see the Substitutions category in my blog:

    • Hilly

      I’ve been making these now since March of this year and they turn out every time, but I’ve completely veganised them.
      I use plain soya yogurt and an egg replacer called ‘Orgran No Egg Replacer’. I’m in England, but I know for sure that similar things are available in the US.
      Hope you managed to sort it out, but if not try the above.
      Good luck!

  117. linda young

    Just on your site to make these brownies again, this time for my daughter’s birthday. They are so great! I’ve been making them for a few years now, probably 20 times, and usually I use gluten-free (Namaste) flour cup for cup. No problem! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful recipes with us. I love all your non-butter recipes and I can also just tell you are a real peach. Have a great day! Linda

  118. Riz

    I’m adding this neat recipe to my file..great video, esp the spot of comedy at the end!

  119. Aicha

    Hi Jenny, I love those lemon brownie. I was wondering if we can replace the yogurt with something else?

  120. Mrs. Forrest

    I would love to try your receipes. Is it possible you can put the ingredients into ounces as I do not know about cup measurements. Thank you

    • Jenny

      I’m just as home cook sharing what I make at home, but I do provide a metric conversion chart in the blog if that helps.

  121. Mimi I brahim

    Thank you for this amazing easy recipe, it was a success from first try,love your site and looking forward of trying some of your other recipes!!!

  122. joan

    March 13,2016

    Hello: This is the first time that I have sent a comment to anyone on recipes and I just wanted to tell you that the lemon brownies are delicious and so very easy to make. I did melt 3 Tablespoons of butter and they were so good. Maybe next time I will put more zest in the body of the cake, and yes there will be many more times. I also made the cabbage rolls on your sight and they were out of this world. Did everything that you said to do. You have a very enjoyable site, easy to understand and follow and you are great.
    Thanks so much.

  123. Rita

    HI ! Being stuck with a lot of lemons form our own backyard lemon tree, I discovered your recipe, and me and my family, got a bit “lemon brownies” – holic ! I even had my husband’s birthday cake made, using two batches of the lemon brownies batter. After baking the two cakes separately, didn’t cut them at pieces of course, I used bitter chocolate ganache, to join them nd also spread it on the top and sides. I also added about 2 tablespoons of my homemade limoncello into the batter. Thank you for your very simple and very tasty recipes.

    • Hilly

      Backyard lemon tree!
      You don’t know how glorious that sounds to someone living in cold and wet Norfolk in England. What I’d give to be able to grow lemons… so jealous. Ah well, I’m off to buy lemons to make these yummy looking squares!
      Happy English Mothers Day!

      • Stuart Poet

        Hi Hilly, I live in Red Lion Pennsylvania. You can buy a meyer lemon tree and pot it. I keep mine in the house over winter. I put the tree out in the warm months. It produces enough lemons for my wife and myself.

        • Hilly

          That sounds great!

        • Margaret

          Thank you so much for the Meier lemon bush. Have planned to get one to have in the house in the winter in the Northwest US! Maybe a dwarf!!

      • Rita

        Hi, Hilly ! In fact , I have three lemon trees in my backyard… I live in Athens, Greece and there is one good thing we have in tons . Sunshine !!!


  124. Sarah

    I love your recipes, easy and healthy! I frequently make your easy chocolate cake. However, I’m just wondering why these lemon brownies came out spongey? Not the texture of brownies or cake that I am used to. Kind of rubbery/spongey is how I would best describe it. I can get past it in the easy chocolate cake because I add semisweet chocolate chips and when they melt it all just kind of makes it fudgey and delicious. But I have to admit the sponginess of this made me wonder what I would change if I was going to try them again.

    Thoughts? Maybe this is how it’s supposed to be since it’s a healthy recipe?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Sarah

      Oh and I used all-purpose flour.

    • Jenny

      Did you aerate your flour? What kind of yogurt and oil did you use? Fresh lemon? With a little more info, I can try to help.

  125. Marianne

    One of the easiest and tastiest recipes I have ever made. Definitely going on my Pinterest page. I think I would call them lemon blondies, not brownies, but maybe that’s just me. By the way, I used coconut oil (melted and cooled) instead of olive or canola oil. Worked great. Baking time was off and my oven is accurate. Has anyone else had that problem? In any case it’s not a big deal.

    • Jenny

      I wonder if the baking time changes when using coconut oil. Was it more or less time needed?

      • Marianne

        Required more time, about 35 mintutes and 40 would have been better. Never thought about the coconut oil needing more time. I use it a lot, more in cooking than baking, but I’ve never noticed it requiring more time. I use it because it’s supposed to be a healthy fat and the flavor is good. Next time I’ll make two batches, one with canola, the other with coconut and see what happens. I do some catering so I’ll wait for an event.

    • Marianne

      It was more time. I’m about to make them again for an event that I’m catering tomorrow and doing exactly what I did before. I just need to go pick the lemons. My citrus trees are in full bloom and my garden smells heavenly.

    • Sue

      Yes. I made this recipe today for the first time. I used sunflower oil in my mixture and my oven is also accurate. But mine were very liquidy after the 20 minute bake time. I added another 11 minutes and they came out perfect!

  126. Liz

    I can honestly say I’ve never made anything so easy from the first time, and so tasty. Baking doesn’t come easy for me but now I feel like I can bake. And I love the natural lemon taste.

  127. Desiree

    Just took them out of the oven, they look beautiful. I just sprayed generously with Pam and they came out like a dream. Thank you for the recipe!

  128. Melody

    I’m not sure I’d call these a brownie as even my cake-like brownies are denser than this. However, still very good…or as my husband says, “excruciatingly lemony”. Will definitely make again.

  129. s.s

    i made it last night….. its perfect!
    thanks a lot.
    i just want to know can i make it with orange?

    • Jenny

      I think it will be too sweet with orange and if you reduce the sugar, you may have to make other adjustments. It’s best to look for a different recipe that is already proven with orange.

  130. Camile

    MOST AMAZING DESERT EVER!!!! 😁🙌😊 I made 3 lemon brownies, at my brother’s house over the summer, and then I tried one with orange zest and juice, instead of lemon zest and juice. He wanted me to try it with lime zest and juice next time. I am about to make lemon brownies, but I want to bake the batter in muffin tins, using small squares of tin foil, so they don’t stick. Do you think that would work? Can you make the lemon brownies with either orange or lime zest and juice? I watched your you tube videos, and I am hoping to try to make your sticky buns and your easy one bowl chocolate cake.

    • Camile

      I didn’t have to use tin foil, just oil and some flour, and the popped right out! They were amazing, I gave them to my friends at school, and they loved them!

  131. dave

    Well Jenny I did it I tried it and it was delicious but oh boy was it lemonade this is a great brownie lemon brownie if you like lemons. But you also gave me great ideas how to use this beautiful lemon brownies thank you so much. 🙂

  132. dave

    Hi Jenny I really liked your video on that lemon brownie. It looks so delicious I’m definitely going to try it tonight and I will let you know how it turns out. Also I would like to know did you have your own TV show at one time? 🙂

  133. Setsu

    Hola Jenny!!
    Wow, I’m in love with your video!
    So clear, well designed, sharp, and yet cute!
    Am definitely bake this lemon brownie this weekend!!

  134. ally

    Hi jenny , I live in Winnipeg and I found the whole wheat pastry flour at the bulk barn here. I made your whole wheat bread today it turned out so good I’m glad I found your recipes do you have a cook book out.

  135. Claudia

    Can I poke holes in the brownies while they’re warm and pour the glaze so that the brownies soak them up? Will this be too sweet or lemony?

    • Jenny

      I don’t think the glaze will soak in because it’s too thick, even if you poke holes. But you could eliminate the glaze and pour over a syrup and that will definitely soak in. I do my Greek walnut cake that way. You could make a syrup by boiling some water, sugar, and a piece of lemon peel or create your own.

  136. ally

    hi jenny, is there a difference between whole wheat and whole wheat pastry flour

    • Jenny

      Yes, there’s a big difference.

      • ally

        hey jenny, could I use whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour I’ve been all over looking for it and can’t seem to find it.or would it ruin the recipe.

        • Jenny

          Regular whole wheat flour does not bake like whole wheat pastry flour so I would suggest using all purpose flour. If you’re near a Whole Foods they sell whole wheat pastry flour and also you can get it online from Bob’s Red Mill and it can be kept frozen. If you bake much at all, it’s probably worth buying online.

          • ally

            hi jenny, found whole wheat pastry flour this recipe is awesome

            • Jenny

              Some Canadians can’t seem to find whole wheat pastry flour there. Can you please say where you found it?

          • Elizabeth

            Jenny, In Canada, whole wheat pastry flour can be purchased from Whole Foods and Save-on Foods, for 2 places.

  137. Christi Nelson

    how many calories are in these brownies

    • Jenny

      I don’t know – I don’t count calories and I’m just sharing my own recipes I make at home.

  138. Kimberly

    I want to make the brownies but do not have plain yogurt. (Only vanilla) what is the alternative to yogurt?

    • Jenny

      You can use sour cream or wait until you get some plain Greek yogurt, which is the best choice.

      • Robert I

        Hi Jenny,
        I used fat free sour cream because we had no yogurt at home and it turned out great.
        Thanks for the recipe and will explore for more.
        After reading your bio, we remember your show from then, glad to see you’re in good health.

  139. nellie

    Honestly, I didn’t think they would be so good as there was no butter added; surprisingly they were DELISH… needless to say I will be making these again.

  140. Nory

    Hello, Jenny!

    You’re recipes are so good! My husband loved the cinnamon rolls so im making all your other recipes!

    I have two questions:

    1) The size of my baking pan is 9×13, i don’t have the 8×8. What do you recommend i do?

    2) If i want to make more servings, could i just double the volume of the ingredients and use the 9x 13?

    Thank you

  141. Elizabeth

    These turned out so yummy, that I ended up eating 4 squares in one night. 😉

  142. Valerie

    Hi Jenny

    In this recipe u say lemons. Are u talking about sweet lime juice or sour lime juice
    Pls advise

    • Jenny

      What makes this recipe so good and so popular is the use of fresh lemons where you use the peel and the freshly squeezed juice. I do not recommend bottled juice, sweetened or not, in this recipe.

  143. Margie

    Going to try this recipe love any dessert with lemon!!! But my question is why
    Is their no nutrition, calorie information?:(

    • Jenny

      I’m just a home cook posting the recipes I make at home – it’s just a hobby for me.

  144. Mary

    I tried to make this today and it turns out very awesome. Thanks for the recipe jenny. Very easy and quick.

  145. Carolyn

    I love your simple, straightforward recipes. Make more lemon ANYTHING!

  146. Flocky McAdam

    I don’t know is this is covered in the comments, but there are so many, and in the quick look I had, I couldn’t see anything.
    Had anyone converted the recipe to UK measurements? Either ounces or grams would work perfectly…

  147. Mel

    Can I use low fat French vanilla yogurt?

    • Jenny

      Not a good idea because it’s sweetened. Use plain yogurt.

  148. Rosie

    Thank you for this recipe! A rainy day in the UK, a promise to the children of an afternoon spent baking and the realisation that I have no butter! We used baking powder by mistake and soya coconut yoghurt so the texture was not as fluffy but still very delicious. And the kids enjoyed it (oh and not much mess…bonus!)

  149. Tobi

    Can I use spelt flour instead of weat flour??

    • Jenny

      I have no experience with spelt flour but you would have better luck looking a recipe that specifically uses spelt. Making changes in baking can often lead to failure and I only know that my recipe will work as written.

  150. Kylie

    I wanted to make a cake on Sunday but had NO butter… a quick google showed this recipe….then I realised I had no yoghurt either… I substituted it for sour cream and a bit of coconut cream (the solid stuff) and the cake was magnificent!!!! I suspect it would have been just as good with the yogurt…however…it did not last long in my house LOL. It had more of a pound cake finish for me but super moist and and the glaze topped it off beautifully….Im going to make passionfruit curd to go with it next. LOVE THIS!!!!

  151. Janet

    Hi Jenny, have you ever made these using AP flour? I don’t usually keep pastry flour around but want to make these!!!

    Thanks so much for all of your wonderful recipes. I can’t get enough of your skillet pizza. My whole family is using that recipe now!!!

    • Jenny

      Please look at my recipe again. It uses either flour.

      • Janet

        Oh my goodness, Jenny. I am so sorry I bothered you when it was in the recipe the whole time! Seems like I’m always in a hurry and I need to take the time to read carefully. Thanks so much.

  152. V. Stoen

    Jenny thank you bunches for a great recipe ! I used lime only because it was Sunday no stores open here on the prairie in northern ND . I made a coconut glaze , smoothed it over the top then put it under my broiler to toast the coconut . It was Crazy Good , Oh My God ! Eating this with 1 scoop of June berry ice cream so yummy , thank you again !

  153. Kelly

    Yum yum and yum. Second time making these and they are quick and delish. Thanks for the recipe.

  154. Mihaela

    this is the easiest, cheapest and most delicious lemon brownie i ever tasted!thanks

  155. Mary Jo

    This recipe is absolutely delicious! Recommended and sent to me by my son. Cut the sugar just a bit in the recipe and made a 1/4 cup powdered sugar glaze which was perfect for me. Also used 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract instead of the lemon rind. Thanks Jenny! Going to be a favorite!

  156. Jocelyn

    I just made this brownies but the texture is very dense. Could it be due to the flour? I followed exactly 1 cup. Perhaps you can convert into gramage for me?

    Secondly of suspect it may be the oil. I don’t have extra light olive oil and used extra virgin olive oil instead. Do you think this could be the culprit?

    Looking forward to your reply.


    • Jenny

      It’s not the oil but more likely the way you measured the flour (it must be aerated first), or the type of flour. For measuring, please see my blog posting on Flour Basics: If you did not use either all purpose flour or whole wheat PASTRY flour, that could also be the cause.

  157. Kathy

    If I double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 pan how long should I bake it?

    • Jenny

      The dough will be a little thicker in a 9 x 13 so it should take a little longer to bake. I would check it at 20 but expect it will take at least 25 minutes, possibly a bit more. Just keep checking it with a toothpick.

  158. Fauzia

    Hi Jenny, thanks for sharing 🙂

    just made these and they are cooling now. how can i store these best?

    • Jenny

      I store all my baked stuff in the refrigerator after the first day. With lemon brownies, I cut them into squares and keep them in a tightly sealed container, refrigerated.

      • Fauzia

        thank you, Jenny, as turned out storing was not necessary. it was so yummy, 1 ate the whole cake in 1 day! ( with 2 friends)

  159. Wendy

    i have just made the lemon brownies, but they have turned out quite solid not fluffy like your picture with the recipe, can you suggest what I may have done wrong

    • Jenny

      A couple of things may have caused it: 1) Did you use whole wheat flour and not whole wheat “pastry” flour? 2) Did you use any other sweetener besides white sugar? 3) Was you baking soda fresh? 4) Did you replace the yogurt with something else? This is a dependable recipe so there has to be an explanation. Almost everyone who follows the recipe exactly gets a great result. Let me know of anything different and I can help figure it out. It’s important that my recipes work for everyone.

      • Wendy

        I used all purpose flour, baking powder ok till Jan 2016′ Fage fat free, gran. sugar, light olive oil, eggs, lemons etc. as recipe said

        • Jenny

          I noticed you said baking “powder”and not baking “soda” so that would be the main problem. This recipe needs baking soda which works with acidic ingredients to make baked goods rise. The only other things that could have made a difference is the fat free yogurt (mine is 2% which provides a little fat) and if you did not aerate the flour before measuring because that would have resulted in too much flour. But unless you made a typo, it’s definitely the baking powder that’s the problem. Please keep me posted.

          • Wendy

            Thank you for your reply, I didn’t realise there was a difference between baking soda and powder, and I will aerate the flour, hope I can purchase the b. powder in U.K

  160. Amy

    So far, I’ve tried the two types of brownies, crepes, Polish pierogi, baked ziti ( I used mock, Italian ground), and potato pancakes. Healthy, delicious and easy to follow instructions and fun to watch videos.
    With your help, I’m even turning into a pretty good baker, too! Next, is the orange-sesame chicken. For us, it will be mock chicken; I’m sure equally delicious. Can’t wait to bake the crispy, sour dough buns, though. What can I say? Dziekuje slicznie.

  161. Heidi

    this sounds so good! Planning to make these tomorrow. What do you think about substituting coconut oil for the vegetable oil? Another person commented about making them with coconut yogurt. The combination of coconut and lemon sounds delicious!

    • Jenny

      Yes, you can use melted and cooled coconut oil and I agree that lemon and coconut are great together. I thought about tossing some coconut on top of the glaze while it’s still warm.

  162. Minu


    At wat temperature should we keep, if making in a Microwave?

    • Jenny

      I have never baked anything in a microwave so I’m not able to tell you. I suggest you look at other recipes for microwave brownies to determine the time and temperature and then you can use my recipe with their microwave notes.

  163. Alice Fong

    Hi Jenny, can I use low fat yoghurt? Any brand? Can you make lemon bars and lemon zest muffin? 🙂

    • Jenny

      Yes, you can use low fat yogurt. 2% yogurt is low fat yogurt here so I believe it’s the same thing and you can use any brand. There is a recipe for lemon bars in my free cookbook, which you can download. And for lemon zest muffins, you could try my lemon-blueberry muffins without the blueberries.(

      • Alice Fong

        Thanks for your quick response, i like your video but some recipes don’t have video.:-)

        • Alice Fong

          I download your cookbook, ya so happy and I subscribed! Why don”t make a video of the lemon bars? Cos I like to see u on screen.. Can u make low fat birthday cake? Hope to see your next healthy recipe.

      • Thelma

        Hi Jenny:

        I love your site! Your recipes look delicious and seem easy to do. I made the lemon brownies and they turned out fabulous – I almost ate the whole cake myself!

        I have a diabetic husband – can I use a natural sugar substitute (stevia) to equal the sugar? Will that affect the taste or texture?

        Thank you! I look forward to trying all of your recipes. I am not an astute baker, but the brownies turned out so well and boosted my confidence.

        • Jenny

          I have no experience baking with stevia but I don’t think it has the texture of granulated sugar so you may not be happy with the result. It might be better to look for a diabetic recipe that’s already proven to work without sugar. There’s a lot of information online about baking with stevia.

  164. Mugil

    Hi Jenny, thank you fr the recipe. Tried & turn out the same texture & looks exactly like yr video. Unfortunately the brownie had a too strong yogurt smell tht puts off the appetite. Why is that?

    • Jenny

      I can only guess that your yogurt is not the same as mine. Mine is a 2% low fat plain yogurt. If you used a full fat or flavored yogurt that might have caused it. The lemon flavor is very strong in these brownies so make sure you are using fresh lemon zest as well. I suggest that you might try a different brand of yogurt and make sure you follow the recipe exactly. Let me know…

      • Mugil

        I guess so too…thanks alot jenny…however the brownie tasted superb & so soft. Do you hv moist orange cake recipe? Also can i use fresh milk instead of the yogurt?

        • Jenny

          I do not have an orange cake and in this recipe, you can not replace the yogurt with milk. It’s the acid in yogurt that produces the soft texture in these brownies.

          • Toffeey

            Sour Cream can be substituted for Yogurt ….for those that don’t care for yogurt, sour cream is not quite so tangy.

  165. Yuri

    This is wonderful favor ! Especially about Grazing. It is first trying Lemon Graze. Usually in Vanilla Essence or Milk or something ordinary liquid I using.
    Thank you!

  166. Maninder kaur

    I am wondering if I can substitute baking powder or soda as a substitute for eggs


    • Jenny

      No, neither baking powder or baking soda can be substituted for eggs.

    • sheila

      I made them without eggs… i forgot to put them in if Im honest just not so yellow or wet.

  167. Marlene

    Jenny. Was intrigued by the name and recipe. Thought I would give it a go! Wow! So good, very easy to make, and deeeelish! I ate three! I’m going to make them again and will double the recipe! Thanks for such a great spring time dessert!

  168. Kai

    Jenny! I made these ‘lemonies’ (as we are now calling them) gluten free and dairy free… substitued my ‘Better Batter’ flour (combo of GF flours) and used Tofutti sour cream in place of yogurt! It was easy peasy lemon squeezy! LOL!
    I doubled the recipe too – No issues! I did not have enough lemons, so I used 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 tangerine… I zested all 3 for a combo effect and combinined the juices! It was amazing! We loved, loved, loved it! It was gorgeous too with all the different colored zest in the icing!
    Doing a girls potluck next weekend, it is going to be there too! My new go to dessert! So quick and easy and sooooo tasty! Thank you for the best recipe ever and it was GF and Dairy free too! WOW!

    • Jenny

      The zest combo sounds great and gluten-free cooks will be happy to know this. Thanks for sharing.

  169. Jim

    Very very good recipe. Snowed in and only had coconut yogurt, so I made it a lemon coconut brownie. I then added shredded coconut on top of the cake after it came out of the oven, and added the glaze on top of the coconut. Wow, Jenny!

  170. Ben

    Can you use Stevia or Swerve instead of the sugar for the same recipe? I am diabetic.

  171. Diva

    I just made this and it was reaaaaally good! Although I failed to top it with the white glaze (I followed your glaze recipe carefully but mine turned out to be very transparent and made the top of the cake too sweet), I love the recipe, so thank you very much!!

  172. Linda

    I keep making these, and everyone keeps gobbling them up. I also tried a lime version, and YUM! The lime flavor is too subtle if you use only the zest and juice, so you need to add some pulp to both cake and glaze. I also added a touch of green food coloring to the cake; the zest was enough to colour the icing. It is soooooo good! Tried it with pineapple as well, but that came out too mushy. Next I’m trying it with orange. Love this recipe!

  173. zoe

    The taste was great but unfortunately mine still stuck to the tin foil. 🙁 not sure what happened there

    • Linda

      I leave mine to sit in the foil, on a cooling rack, for about a half hour after I take it out of the oven. Then I gently peel the foil away, and it works well every time.

    • Jenny

      It might be your brand of foil so you can always grease the foil if it helps.

    • Fay

      Try using ‘baking paper’ instead of foil. Guaranteed not to stick

  174. amel

    I tried it but i didn’t work k dont know why

    • Jenny

      If you let me know what ingredients you used and any substitutions/changes you made, even pan size & type of oven, etc. I can probably tell you why they didn’t work. It’s important to me that my recipes work for everyone and these are worth trying again. I just made them yesterday.

  175. kendra

    I made this recipe. I was fantastic, I only used 1 juicy lemon and it had tons of lemon flavor. It also cooked for about 23 minutes. thanks

  176. Linda

    Have made these several times now – they are delicious!

  177. Maddy

    Hi. I was on holiday in a rented house, and had no butter, so googled up this recipe. I also had no square tin, so used a round one, and no yogurt, so used sour cream instead, and no icing sugar, so I didn’t do the glaze, and no measuring spoons, so I used regular spoons and guessed fractions of them, and only rice bran oil. I ended up with a perfectly reasonable lemon cake, nothing like as stodgy as I expected from a brownie recipe. Go figure.
    I might try again, adding maybe a half cup of coconut next time.

  178. Olga

    These are awesome! thank you so much 😉

  179. Drea


  180. Irene

    Can you use probiotic bulgarian yogurt?

    • Jenny

      I’m just not sure. I have never baked with it and I can’t find any recipes that use it.

  181. tuqa

    i dont have a 8×8 metal pan , will this recipe work if i use a 8×11 glass pan ? 🙂

    • Jenny

      Baking in glass usually requires that you reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees but you would not likely get a good result with an 8 x 11 pan. You could use an 8 or 9-inch round pan, or even a 9 x 9 square could work.

  182. tricia

    I like this so much! Can you also do a healthier version of the lemon bars?

    • Jenny

      There is a recipe for healthier lemon bars in my cookbook. I will posting the entire book on this site in the next week or so, all for free.. a downloadable pdf. It’s coming soon…

      • tricia

        I’m looking forward to that. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes to us for free. You inspired me to eat healthier 🙂

  183. Angeline

    Hi Jenny,
    Can I substitute the yogurt with whipping cream instead?


    • Jenny

      Whipping cream won’t work because this recipe depends on the acid in the yogurt to make the brownies rise.

      • Maddy

        Surely the lemon juice provides enough acid to do this?

        • Jenny

          Two tablespoons of lemon juice might be enough acid but I find yogurt also adds moisture to baked goods. I should have added that whipping cream being a liquid would not work in this recipe. If whipped, I really don’t know but it has a lot of fat so it would not be as healthy as yogurt.

          • Rachel

            First time on your page. Fallen in love at first sight.
            Regarding the lemon bars – Instead of Yogurt can I use apple sauce…

            • Jenny

              I’ve tried baking with apple sauce but have never liked the results. In this recipe, yogurt provides moisture and a little fat but apple sauce probably won’t. If dairy is the issue, maybe you could try a non-dairy yogurt…

  184. Jen

    This is delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I slightly adapted by adding 1/4 cup desiccated coconut to the mixture, and a little less flour, and also sprinkling some coconut on top at the end. Yum!

  185. Gbemi

    Had no butter at home and came across this recipe; absolutely delicious! Also had no lemons and used oranges instead, can’t wait to try it with lemons now. Many thanks indeed.

  186. Hara

    This is amazing!! although the texture is more like cake than brownies, it’s gotten a “must make again” in my kitchen……..

  187. Shira

    Delicious! More cakey than brownie-ish to me, but didn’t change how delicious they were at all! Didn’t have poudered sugar, so I made a glaze with whipped honey. Super yummy, and the honey can make them a great springtime treat! Xoxo

  188. khabirah

    just made these and they taste good!

  189. khabirah

    can greek yogurt be used?

    • Jenny

      Yes, Greek yogurt is good in this recipe as long as it’s not fat free.

  190. Annie

    Hi Jenny,
    I tried your easiest lemon brownie recipe tonight for the first time. I used the whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour and I followed the recipe exactly. After 20 minutes in the oven, I checked them and the toothpick came out clean. I let them cool for about 10 minutes and when I went to pick it up off the foil, the middle was mushy and not done! Any ideas on why the middle would not be cooked done but the sides were?? I am an experienced baker and I’ve rarely had baking mishaps. Any advice would be appreciated!

    • Jenny

      With so many people having success with this recipe, there must be a reason for this but if you’re experienced, you have probably already considered the same things I have. But I will list them anyway:
      1) Did you use an 8-inch square pan?
      2) Did you use a light colored pan?
      3) Did you use a glass dish?
      4) Is your oven temperature accurate?
      5) Was the oven rack in the center?
      6) Did your oven preheat long enough?
      7) Did you use fat free yogurt?
      I can’t think of any other reason – please let me know if anything above could be the problem.

  191. Vivian

    Hi Jenny,
    I was wondering what you could substitute the powdered sugar for if you don’t have any.

    • Jenny

      They say you can put one cup of regular sugar and one tablespoon of cornstarch in a blender and process it until it’s powdery but I have never done that so I can’t speak from experience.

  192. Ain

    It’s hard to find Fage yogurt here. Are there any other yogurt that can be used like yoplait? paul’s natural yogurt? Apart from the sour cream substitute.

    • Jenny

      You can use any brand of yogurt. Fage happens to have a nice thick texture considering it’s low fat. I never use fat-free yogurt because of its odd texture and added stabilizers. I use 2% in this recipe just to keep it low fat but you can also use regular full fat yogurt.

  193. Aleksandra

    Delicious ! Question: how should I store these for the next day to keep them moist and keep all the goodness in over the night??

    • Jenny

      I keep mine in a covered container on the counter for a day or two and after that, in the same covered container in the refrigerator.

  194. Maggie

    Hi Jenny,
    My grill oven’s maximum temperature is just 250 degree, not 350 like yours. So please how do you suggest me to do? Longer time? Much appreciate your answer Jenny!

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry to tell you that 250 degrees fahrenheit is NOT hot enough for this kind baking and a longer time will not make a difference. 350 f. is usually the minimum temperature needed to give baked goods the lift and rise they need. However, I suspect your oven may be 250 celsius. In that case, you would bake it as close to 177 degrees celsius as you can. If your oven actually is measured in fahrenheit then the only thing I can think of is a toaster oven usually goes up to 400 f. and that might be an option. (there is a metric conversion chart in my blog:

    • Maddy

      Possibly your oven is in degrees Celsius, not Fahrenheit? In which case, use 180°C.

  195. Nina

    Hi Jenny,

    I intend to make this recipe tomorrow because it looks so good and have so many good comments I’m sure it’s a great recipe. Just one thing I need to ask you, how long do you need to preheat the oven before putting the batter inside? Does it really matter to the result? Thanks alot Jenny!

    • Jenny

      The average time is 15 minutes to preheat the oven to 350 but I usually preheat mine for 20 minutes. It does make a difference if you put something in to bake before the oven is hot enough. Baked goods need that initial blast of heat to bake properly. An oven thermometer is the only way to know for sure when it reaches 350. Newer ovens preheat faster than older ones so if you’re not sure, you could preheat for 20 minutes for peace of mind.

  196. Martha

    I just made these lemon brownies and they are De-licious!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So refreshing. I ran out of butter and now I need not replace. Thanks for so many sweet and healthy options.

  197. Laufa oakley

    Hi Jenny
    Have made the lemon brownie and my family n friends loved it! Thanks for sharing!
    I want to no why it’s called lemon brownies instead of lemon slice? Sorry for asking! I love easy recipes!

    • Jenny

      I think they look just like a chocolate brownie but they’re yellow. If a brownie is brown, maybe these should be called “Yellowies.” 🙂

  198. Trish

    Can you make without eggs?

  199. patricia

    Hi Jenny,

    Have made the lemon brownies for all my family. Everyone loves them. I have to change the flour because of having celiac but they are still delicious. I usually use brown rice flour. Thanks for the recipe

  200. Robin

    i had so much fun making this cake, im usually so confused what to do but this cake came out so perfect and it was so easy! i love it x cant wait to try new recopies 🙂

  201. Mary

    Hi jenny. I’ve recently tried out your recipe for the lemon brownie and it was terrific, thanks for sharing!

  202. Cel

    i made these on a whim for my mom the day before mothers day and hid it in the fridge. no mixer, no butter — it was so perfect. except we didnt have lemons either so i just crushed almonds and used vanilla extract in place of everything that needed lemons.
    but it turned out delicious and my mom loved it!

    thanks for sharing it,
    and happy mother’s day to you~

  203. Diane

    Made these yesterday and are quite good. My family like them because they are very moist. Thanks Jenny. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  204. eliza

    I’m Polish who lives in Italy. Just found your website few days ago and already done some of your baked donuts. Wonderful!! Dziekuje bardzo, a jutro zrobie lemon brownies. I keep my eye on baked paczki too 🙂

  205. illa

    Hello Jenny,
    I just made these lemony brownies today and they are very delicious:)Thanks for sharing this recipe.They are quick and easy to make and at the same time healthy too!
    Would love to try more of your recipe and share it with my friends!

  206. Ally

    Could I love you more for this one??? So good and easy to make! It’s a shame those brownies don’t last us for more than half an hour though:)

  207. Don

    Love your video, outstanding job!!
    I am not to crazy about lemons except for lemonade.
    So I substituted 3 tablespoons of Strawberry jam and strawberry yogurt
    Came out very moist and taste great !!!!

  208. Hazel

    How big is the cup that you measure the ingredients for the lemon brownies, please.

    • Jenny

      I pre-measured my ingredients and put them into coloured bowls. I used standard dry measuring cups and on my scale, one cup of flour weighs 4 1/2 ounces or 130 grams. I hope that helps.

  209. Nancy

    I used parchment paper instead of foil. I personally do not want aluminium touching my food. I also use those black binder clips if I need to hold parchment paper in place on baking pan. They can be bought at office supply store.

  210. Nancy

    Jenny, Oh My Oh My….One word describes your lemon brownies; Amazing !
    I grated 3 lemons for the brownies instead of two. YUMMY !
    Thanks for all your wonderfful recipes.

  211. Kat

    It is incredibly easy and AMAZING. One of the most delicious things I’ve made. I used coconut oil instead of canola but it turned out still AMAZING. Thank you so much, Jenny!

  212. Barb

    Hi Jenny,

    I just made these yesterday and they are almost gone, I cannot stop eating them. I used parchment paper to line my glass baking dish and it worked great. I cannot have milk products so I used Tofutti sour supreme instead of the yogurt and they came out perfect. Just an FYI for anyone else out there with cow milk allergies.

  213. Judi Castro

    Hola Jenny..
    Yo soy Mexicana y tengo muchas limones en mi casa.

    Con este receta yo puedo utilizar las sobras.. Muchas gracias.

    Tambien yo prepare hoy LAS SALMON PATTIES..Sabrosa !!!

  214. noob super

    dear jenny, i made this over and over and over again. it is so delish !!!!

    my kids cant seem to have enough of it and complains that one batter gets cleaned up in 15 minutes time!! 🙂

  215. Adriana

    Made these today, very tasty n tangy! 🙂

  216. Alex

    Hi Jenny,is it okay if I dont use the yogurt? because I saw other ppl’s video they didnt put any yogurt inside the cake ><

    • Jenny

      If you eliminate the yogurt you will probably lose some of the moisture and a little of the fat. I might increase the oil by a tablespoon if you do. Please let me know if they turn out.

  217. Naomi

    Delicious!! I am impressed, so easy & soooo tasty! Thank you 🙂
    I actually spread the batter on a bed of apples and raspberries, its really fresh and love the fruit addition :))
    Will do again, no doubt!

  218. Rebekah

    Oh my goodness I’m addicted! 2nd time I’ve made them in a week and the first time they didn’t last a day! However I do need to say that both times I have not had plain yogurt and used strawberry yogurt and I have nothing to compare it to but I would say these are amazing, thank you!

  219. Madeleine

    Hi Jenny, these are lovely! I used lemon curd yoghurt instead of plain for extra lemony brownies and they were really yummy! 🙂

  220. Julia

    I tried baking this and it turned out really delicous! thank you for the recipe 🙂

  221. Courtney J

    Hi Jenny these look awesome. I really can’t wait to try them, unfortunately I don’t have any plain yogurt and I really want to try them,is there anything I can use instead of yogurt? Courtney J

    • Jenny

      You could try using reduced fat sour cream instead of yogurt.

      • Deb

        Made them with sour cream and they turned out just fine.

  222. Myf Ruakere

    oh my wowwwww! have been scouring the net for good lemon recipes and this takes the cake! or.. brownie.. anyway! I used vanilla yoghurt as that was all I had and they still turned out delectable. Thanks so much for this recipe 😀

  223. Sarah

    I made them with limes as we were given a bunch..tasted great and I used the same proportions as lemon in the recipe 😉

  224. Alice

    Have you tried not using any baking soda? I have read that using only eggs as the leavening agents makes a more dense brownie. I prefer the real “fudge” like texture rather than the cakey brownie.

    • Jenny

      I will try making some today without the baking soda and will report back.

    • Jenny

      Okay, I made them without the baking soda and the taste was just as good and I would say they were more dense than chewy but they still tasted really good. I posted a picture of your version in today’s blog.

  225. patti

    These are the MOST AMAZING lemon brownies EVER!! And so easy!!!! Thank you, Jenny!!

  226. trogui7

    Hi Jenny, I tried the recipe with limes to experiment a little. I was pleased with the flavor. One difference is that instead of powdered sugar for the glaze, I used agave nectar. It was too wet, for a glaze, but tasted great, so I used just a little. Thank you very much for this recipe. My husband enjoyed it too.

  227. Sofia

    The Lemon Brownies really taste good!

    Sofia (age 9)

  228. trogui7

    I look forward to trying this recipe. Can’t help but wonder if it would be just as delicious made with oranges or limes. What adjustments would be needed?

    • Jenny

      I’ve haven’t tried it (yet) but I think if I were using oranges, I would reduce the sugar by 2-3 tablespoons. With limes, I don’t think I’d change anything else but if you try either variation, please let us know how they turned out.

  229. Sue

    I can’t wait to make these again. I just watched your video at work on break and I know what I did wrong with the glaze. These are the best brownies we ever had! I love lemons so this recipe caught my eye immediately.

  230. Kim

    is it ok if i dont use oil?

    • Jenny

      I’ve never done it but you could try doubling the yogurt and not using oil. If you don’t like the result, you could try the extra light olive oil. I’ve used that and there is no detectable olive taste at all and olive oil is proven to be heart-healthy. If your no-oil version works out, please share it with my readers here. Thanks.

      • Kim

        Jenny, I tried this today without using the oil and doubling the yogurt instead. Loved what came out of the oven and my friends enjoyed every bite of this! Thank you for a great video, and your hair does look beautiful! <3

        • Jenny

          Wow! I never thought to eliminate the oil but I’m sure some of my readers will want to try your version. I will definitely try it, too. Thank you for sharing this with us.

          • Sophie

            Hello Jenny! I love this recipe and i would just like to ask you if the yogurt is replacable with more oil? Maybe use 1/4 of a cup of oil instead, just like in your chocolate brownies recipe?

            Thank you very much and greetings from Argentina!!

            • Jenny

              I don’t think it would work. It’s better if you can follow the recipe.

  231. Sue

    Jenny, I have made these twice now and I don’t know why my icing (glaze) doesn’t turn out light and fluffy like yours. It is more like a glaze. Am I doing something wrong? I follow your recipes verbatim. It seems to liquefied. I made them today and again the icing doesn’t look like yours. Confused??


    • Jenny

      Sue, I’m glad to wrote because I checked the recipe and it should have read 2-4 Tbsp. lemon juice for the glaze (it has been changed). Please note it’s not a frosting but a glaze and I think the shiny top in my photo makes it look thicker but it’s not thick at all. If you want a thicker glaze, just use the least amount of juice possible, adding it very slowly, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. But here’s some good news: I’m making a video of this recipe because it’s just so good I want everyone to see how easy it is. The video will be up in the next couple of weeks.

      • Jawjagrrl

        I like that this is a thin glaze. I was rushing and missed the bit about adding slowly, but we love lots of lemon and I wanted as much as I could get in. While I would like to use less sugar for health reasons, these are so packed with flavor that I am hoping a small portion will satisfy. Cooking for a type 2 diabetic with a sweet tooth and find providing the treat gives me ways to keep down the sugar compared to what he might sneak on his own 🙂

  232. Sue

    Jenny, these brownies are amazing!!! What a flavor burst! Mike’s comment was “Oh my God, these are awesome!!!” I made them last night and I used the left over fresh lemon juice in my green tea this morning. They taste as great as they look!! You rock my sista!!!

  233. Christine

    I just made these and they were DEEEE-LICIOUS!!!

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