Lemon Brownies

We’re finally home after spending an entire month out West living out of our suitcases, hanging with family and friends. One thing I’ve noticed about the West is that we’re all huggers. When we haven’t seen family or friends for a while hellos and goodbyes are said with a big squeeze which is a lot different from the Florida way. It’s taken me years to get used to Florida hellos and goodbyes.

In Florida when you greet someone it involves a kiss to both cheeks with a side hug. I didn’t really know that there was an unwritten protocol to the kiss/hug combo until I had lived here for about a year and realized there was more science to the greeting beyond aimlessly weaving and kissing cheeks. Oh how many awkward encounters I could have saved myself if I would have known!

To do the Floridian hello correctly you kiss their right cheek first and then left cheek with a half hug in there too. I always have to remind myself when looking at person to aim left, which would be their right cheek.

I’m not sure if it’s all of Florida, but in south Florida, this seems to be the rule of thumb. But even thought I’ve got the rules down I still have awkward greetings from time to time where we both go in the same direction. And I’m pretty sure I’ve accidentally made out with my husband’s security guy at work at least a couple of times. So there you go…if you’re ever in Florida, you know what to do.

I guest posted over at Brown Paper Packages and made these as an ultimate summer treat.

These lemon brownies aren’t just a little lemony. These are packed full of lemon flavor. They have a sweet lemon brownie base with a tart glaze on top. They kind of reminded me of Lemonheads candy that I used to eat by the pool when I was little.

Look how gorgeous the bright flecks of lemon zest are. These babies are just screaming summer!

Lemon Brownies

Ingredients

  • Brownies:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Tart Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 rounded cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8X8 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Zest and juice 2-3 large lemons depending on what size they are; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Pour into the flour mixture and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before glazing. Do not overbake or the bars will be dry.
  6. When brownies have cooled completely, make the glaze. Sift the powdered sugar, add lemon zest and juice, and whisk together all three ingredients. You can add more powdered sugar or lemon juice here depending on the consistency you like. Spread 1/2 the glaze over the brownies with a rubber spatula. Let glaze set. I sped up this process by throwing them in the fridge. Spread the remaining glaze over the bars, and let it set. Once again you can speed this up by placing them in the fridge. Cut into bars, and serve. Makes about 24 small brownies.

Notes

slightly adapted from Rita May Recipes ;

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  1. hahahah I think it’s because all the South Floridians are retirees from New York… good old Italian families! At least, I know my Italian ex-New York grandma and her Italian friends in Naples, FL greet me that way!

  2. You post THESE the day before I plan to make next weeks meals – all out of your “healthy” tagged posts. Oh well! These must be made before next Monday then! :)

  3. Ooh these are so going to be made and I’m going to “glaze” mine with some summery lemon curd! Yum perfect lemony goodness for summer, thanks for sharing :-)

  4. I’m from Tallahassee fl. Welcome to Florida!!! We love lemon stuff.

  5. LOL this hit home with the greetings! As an Arab, I face this problem so very often because we greet with kisses as well but each person greets with a different number of kisses so you never know when to stop or to go for more so there’s always that awkwardness. And then add to that not knowing what cheek to start with so there’s the occasional accidental making out all the time.

  6. These lemon brownies look amazing!

  7. Mmm this looks so yummy!

  8. Christy, you are right… these do scream summer! I too love all that lemon zest on top. Lemonheads are one of my favorites. :)

  9. Great minds must think alike Christy. I posted these yesterday on my blog as well :) I love your description of a Lemonhead. Perfect description.

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    Carole

  10. I live in Miami and the general rule is that if you are kissing a European–two kisses, an american=handshake, and a hispanic (which is most of us)=one kiss.

  11. oh my! As soon as the temperature drops below melt you where you stand I am making these. My husband will love me best.

  12. I have a Costa Rican neighbor that does that. After a year I am still awkward. I am totally a hugger though. AND, these look delightful ;)

  13. This post was so funny! I bet I would still get that wrong if I lived there my whole life! I’m definitely a hugger, and at first I thought you were joking with the kiss thing, but wow! haha I’ve been craving (and I’m not pregnant…just gluttonous) something awesomely lemony for like 3 months now and cannot WAIT to make these!

  14. These are right up my alley. I love lemon! The perfect Summer treat.

  15. Oh well. I’m a hugger and kisser too. It’s just something I do when I see people that were once really close to me or still are in a long while. Anyway, these lemon “brownies” are stonking. I am definitely trying these out this weekend.

  16. I love anything lemon and I cannot wait to try these!

  17. I just made today for a girl who just had a baby. I originally made cake batter brownies (thank you, Pinterest), but when I saw this recipe, I fed those to my husband and made these instead. And am I ever glad! These melt in your mouth and are SO delicious! Definitely going to be made again and again this summer! Thanks! :)

  18. I have always made lemon bars in the past, but they are so sickly sweet that I end up throwing most of them away. Had never seen Lemon Brownies but will definitely have to plan on making these soon.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sharon

  19. YUMMMMMMM!!! it looks so tasty!

  20. Just made these today…delicious! The brownie part is not as sweet, which pairs with the glaze perfectly. It made the entire fiasco of getting lemons worth it. Thanks for sharing!

  21. We’re huggers in my family too (and yes, we are “west coasters”). I live within 2 hours of all my immediate family members and we always hug hello and goodbye no matter how recently we’ve seen each other!

  22. I never know what to do – hug? Kiss? Wave? Shake hands? Combination? ARGH!

    Lemon brownies…me likey! They never occurred to me as a possibility but I’m glad they’re on my radar now :)

  23. This colour is just beautiful, looks really lemonish, yummie. I need to make these brownies right away!

  24. I grew up in Miami, moved to Port Saint Lucie (aka hell) 6 years ago. I don’t know where you are, but the only protocal I have ever noticed is in Miami if you are hispanic you are forced to kiss everyone on the way in and the way out. I try to avoid that, as kissing a bunch of people I see all the time and some of which I don’t even like is not my idea of fun. The thing you describe I haven’t really noticed. I only hug people I haven’t seen in a long time. We do have friends from NJ that do kind of what you describe and there are a lot of northerners in FL so maybe that is where it comes from.

  25. Haha! Ah different customs in different places! These ‘brownies’ remind me of a citrus ‘blondie’ that I used to make (why I haven’t made it in ages I don’t know) and now have me craving them!

  26. I’m going to try and use Limoncello when I make these. They sound soooo yummy.

  27. Here in Greece it’s a kiss to each cheek with no hug involved. Very yummy recipe.

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  29. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow. I needed something quick and easy to make for lunch that wouldn’t cost much.This is going to be awesome!

  30. You credit Becky Charms, but it isn’t her original recipe. She mentioned Rita May in a very short blip but didn’t actually link back to her site. Here is the link Becky didn’t provide- http://rita-may-recipes.blogspot.com/2011/08/lemon-brownies.html

  31. Yes, I too have experienced the greeting problem as I stood in my sisters wedding line in Long Island NY. She married into an Italian family. Lovely family but I felt I needed to wash my face afterward. Funny all the cultural differences right here in the USA. Makes you realize just what a vast and diverce country we live in. By the way I am sooo gunna make these, they look awesome!

  32. Just made these and they are YUMMY. Super easy to make. Very flavorful but not overpowering.
    Nom nom nom. Definitely going to be making these frequently :)

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