Skinny Lemon Brownies

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Indulge in the tangy and sweet flavors of Skinny Lemon Brownies, a light and refreshing dessert that is perfect for any occasion. These lemon brownies are a delightful twist on the classic chocolate version, offering a zesty and citrusy treat that is sure to brighten your day.

Why Make This Recipe

If you are looking for a healthier dessert option that doesn’t compromise on flavor, Skinny Lemon Brownies are the way to go. With whole wheat flour, less sugar, and a burst of fresh lemon, these brownies are a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

How to Make Skinny Lemon Brownies


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 large or extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 cup super fine sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cold water if needed
  • Lemon zest for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees. Grease an 8 or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter with the sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then mix in lemon juice and zest.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and beat until creamy.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-24 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool on a wire rack.
  5. While the brownies cool, prepare the glaze and spread it over the brownies. Sprinkle with lemon zest. Cut into 16 brownies and enjoy!

How to Serve Skinny Lemon Brownies

Serve these lemon brownies as a light and refreshing dessert after a meal. They are perfect for a summer gathering or as a treat with a cup of tea or coffee.

How to Store Skinny Lemon Brownies

Store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tips to Make Skinny Lemon Brownies

  • Use fresh lemon juice and zest for the best flavor.
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter to keep the brownies light and fluffy.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar in the glaze to suit your taste preferences.


For a healthier twist, you can substitute the butter with applesauce for a lower-fat option. You can also add poppy seeds to the batter for a lemon-poppy seed flavor.


  1. Can I use regular all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour? Yes, you can use all-purpose flour if you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour on hand.
  2. Can I skip the lemon glaze? While the glaze adds extra flavor and sweetness, you can enjoy the brownies without it if desired.
  3. Can I make these brownies ahead of time? Yes, you can bake the brownies ahead of time and add the glaze just before serving for maximum freshness.