Lemonade Brownies


So these aren’t really “brownies”.

You probably guessed that.

They aren’t lemon bars either..they are a hybrid.

Can you tell I’ve been watching Vampire Diaries?  Ugh…obsessed.


Anyway, my kids have been bugging me like crazy to have a lemonade stand outside, but since it’s been 4 million degrees out I have been coming up with excuses that “today is not a good day”.   I figure I have to sit outside with them while they sell lemonade to complete strangers and having my face melt off my body might not be good for business.   Just a guess.

What has happened  is though, is now I have 27 containers of lemonade mix in my pantry, just waiting for a day that isn’t hot enough to melt faces.
So, I decided to try and get a little creative with all the lemonade mix…

I’ve seen a few versions of Lemon Brownies on Pinterest, and even tried a few of the recipes…but they didn’t turn out the way I expected.  So I played around in the kitchen until I got want I wanted:  a tart, sweet, cake-ish, brownie-ish textured bar made with dry lemonade mix.


Lemonade Brownies.

PhotobucketThey are really easy, honestly.

Start with some dry lemonade mix…

PhotobucketCream together your lemonade mix with some  sugar and butter.


Add an egg, a few yolks and vanilla…


Stir in your flour and baking powder and spread it into a pan…
See? Easy!


Bake them, but don’t over-bake them, capeesh?

After they are done baking you should add some glaze.  I mean really…

PhotobucketAnd try NOT to eat them straight out of the pan.  I dare you.






Lemonade Brownies
makes approx 10 brownies.
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup dry lemonade powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 2 yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour, plus 2 Tbsp
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp prepared lemonade OR juice from one lemon, approx 2-3 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. Cream butter, sugar and lemonade powder in mixer for about 2 minutes,until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in egg and both yolks and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in flour and baking powder. Stir until combined.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes until edges begin to golden and center is JUST set. Do not over bake.
  8. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  1. Stir powdered sugar, lemonade or lemon juice and zest in a small bowl and pour over cooled brownies.
  2. Let glaze set for at least an hour before cutting into squares.
I used Country time Lemonade mix, but I imagine any brand will work fine!


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91 Comments on "Lemonade Brownies"


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July 19, 2012 9:16 am

Perfect brownies for summer!

Villy @ For the love of Feeding
July 19, 2012 9:18 am

They look lovely! I mean, I’m a fool for chocolate, but in summer I love citrus-y, fresh desserts!

Mal @ The Chic Geek
July 19, 2012 9:24 am

I love lemony desserts, these sound so wonderful!

Sophie in the Kitchen
July 19, 2012 9:25 am

Ooh those brownies sound great for this summer weather!

Colleen @ What

A perfect little summer “brownie”! They look so light and airy. And obviously the glaze is 100% necessary!

Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
July 19, 2012 9:30 am

Oh my goodness — those look amazing with that melted icing! Love all things lemon for summer. 🙂

July 19, 2012 9:34 am

Yuuum! Those look incredible. That glaze. THAT GLAZE!

Living The Sweet Life
July 19, 2012 9:42 am

Mmmm… this sounds like a far better option that sitting out in the scortching sun!! I’m so tempted to top these with strawberry jam for a strawberry-lemonade treat … YUM YUM YUM!

Mrs Schmitz
Mrs Schmitz
July 19, 2012 9:54 am

These look so absolutely delicious…!! Can’t wait to try them! Love your recipes

July 19, 2012 10:11 am

Ooooh I love hybrids! They’re so much fun and these look great 🙂

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
July 19, 2012 10:38 am

They look so tangy-fied delicious! Love the name too! ..I’m a “eat it straight outta the pan before it sets” kinda girl! Looks like a great recipe. 🙂

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
July 19, 2012 10:49 am

I love all things lemon. These look great!

Debby Pucci
July 19, 2012 10:59 am

Always love your treats. You are amazing and I don’t know how you do this all the time!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
July 19, 2012 11:03 am

Yeah, definitely need these. And to face plant in that glaze.

July 19, 2012 11:04 am

These look so delicious and refreshing!

July 19, 2012 11:30 am

OK – I admit it – I want the glaze more than the cake (and that’s unheard of for me).

What a fantastically inventive use of lemonade mix! Great idea.

July 19, 2012 12:38 pm

fun! my son loves lemon, in fact wants a lemon shaped lemon flavored cake for his 8th bday next month (what kind of kid wants that anyway?)…so thinking i may be able to use your lemonade mix idea..thx! ps hope your face doesn’t melt off–maybe one of those church lady fans would help in this 104 degree weather –ok maybe not.

Averie @ Averie Cooks
July 19, 2012 1:04 pm

at the beginning of summer I bought this special edition pink lemonade boxed pillsbury mix…and now, I realize, I didn’t need to do that b/c you came up with this recipe 🙂

July 19, 2012 1:16 pm

ooh these look delish! just repinned!

Jenny Flake
July 19, 2012 1:40 pm

Love these girl!! So fun and perfect for these hot summer months. Lemon desserts are one of my favorites….well, I guess I like about any good dessert 🙂 xoxo

July 19, 2012 2:40 pm

And if I use our pink lemonade mix it will be all kindsa cute!

What a great idea – I hear you on the lemonade stand – my youngest is still obsessed with this idea! I got it over with early on this summer, but she never gives up hoping for more!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
July 19, 2012 2:42 pm

Love these! They look so “refreshing” 🙂

Redd H from Salted Spoon
July 19, 2012 2:45 pm

Mmm these looks really yummy. I love anything lemony.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

A friend made a version of these a couple weeks ago when we went to their house, they were delicious! Way better than a lemonade stand. So glad my 7 year old isn’t there yet.

July 19, 2012 3:04 pm

What a great recipe! I love lemons so this recipe will be tried in the very near future. BTW, I know I will eat the brownies right out of the pan.

Vicki H.
Vicki H.
July 19, 2012 3:24 pm

yumm…look good….Are you using the powdered lemonade powder with the sugar already in it or the unsweetened (like Kool-Aid) kind?

July 19, 2012 3:40 pm

oh i am sooooooooo making these. like probably tonight. you are a lemon queen. and i love you for it.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
July 19, 2012 3:59 pm

Looks heavenly…love the use of dry lemonade mix!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
July 19, 2012 4:06 pm

Oh boy!! What a treat!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
July 19, 2012 5:02 pm

Sounds like a perfect tarty treat for hooooot days like this. Love it!

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons
July 19, 2012 5:22 pm

These look SO good!

Kim Bee
July 19, 2012 7:11 pm

These are fabulous. I just want to reach into the screen and grab a few. So tempting!

Cookbook Queen
July 19, 2012 7:33 pm

Dying. Love that icing dripping down!!

Lemonade stands are a total rip off. The only people who come are neighbors or relatives that you call. And hello, you don’t even get to keep any of the money!!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
July 19, 2012 8:30 pm

These are so cool! And they look delish!

July 19, 2012 9:54 pm

Maybe you can just make a whole bunch of these bars with all that mix and sell them. I bet they’ll go so fast that even if you have to sit outside, it’ll only be for five minutes. Not so bad!

Julie @ Table for Two
July 19, 2012 10:24 pm

this sounds like the most refreshing brownie ever! i love the lemonade infused throughout it!

Diane {Created by Diane}
July 20, 2012 12:43 am

oh they look just wonderful, I love lemon. Yea I’m with you on the lemonade stand, it’s way more fun to sit inside and eat these 🙂

Kim Campbell
July 20, 2012 7:32 am

I was so excited to see this post! I too have a gazillion containers of lemonade in my pantry. Why? I don’t really know, apparently I like to hoard dry lemonade! Who knew? Anyways, I went right to the pantry, got all of the supplies and presto! Lemonade Brownies! I made them up last night and brought them into the office with me this morning, If the final product tastes 1/2 as good as the batter and glaze did then I’m sure all of us are in for one amazing Friday treat!! Thanks for sharing!!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
July 20, 2012 8:34 am

oh wow these look awesome!!

Betsy @JavaCupcake
July 20, 2012 10:47 am

Must Make These NOW!

Jen @ Jen
July 20, 2012 11:11 am

I love me a summer brownie! I mean, I ADORE chocolate, but sometimes you just need something a little more… citrusy. Great post!

July 20, 2012 12:59 pm

Does the butter need to be softened?

July 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Salted or unsalted butter?

July 20, 2012 2:29 pm

what type of dry lemonade mix did you use? I have made lemon brownies many times and they have turned out great. I am willing to try this version, but curious about what “dry” lemonade mixture you used in this receipe.

July 20, 2012 3:10 pm

fyi, it’s ‘capisce’. these look wonderful!

luv what you do
July 20, 2012 11:26 pm

What an awesome summer recipe! That glaze looks amazing! I bet it would be great on lemon poppyseed cake too!

Lynna H.
July 21, 2012 3:48 am

OMG, you`re AMAZING. I`m totally loving this recipe right now.

& Your blog post always makes me happy after reading it. Too funny. I actually LOL when I read about your face melting off. Not sure way.