Lemonade Brownies

Two Lemonade Brownies stacked

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.

Glazed lemonade brownie bars on a yellow plate

They are really easy, honestly.

Start with some dry lemonade mix…

Dry lemonade mix in a measuring cup

Cream together your lemonade mix with some  sugar and butter.

Lemonade brownie batter in a stand mixer bowl

Add an egg, a few yolks and vanilla…

Lemonade brownie batter with eggs in a stand mixer bowl

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

Lemonade brownie batter spread in a 13x9 pan

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

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

Glaze being poured over baked lemonade brownies

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

A partial pan of glazed lemonade brownies

Totally.

Glazed lemonade brownies on a yellow plate
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Description

makes approx 10 brownies.


Ingredients

Scale

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup dry lemonade powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 2 yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour, plus 2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 23 Tbsp prepared lemonade OR juice from one lemon, approx 2-3 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray an 8×8 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.

Glaze

  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.

Notes

I used Country time Lemonade mix, but I imagine any brand will work fine!

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85 comments on “Lemonade Brownies”

  1. Okay so first I am 12 and probably not the best source of information on this recipe, but in my opinion, this is almost better than normal chocolatey brownies. I made this recipe and I thought the batter was a little thick so I put it in the oven for 10 minutes after that I put it in the oven for 5 more minutes setting the time cooking at 15 minutes ( which is how long the brownies are spoused to be cooked for ). Since I did not have any powdered sugar and I really wanted to make the brownies I resolved that problem by instead of using a glaze I made a lemon simple syrup. Anyways 100/10 definitely recommend. Hope this helps.

  2. This gets better (in theory?) add small blips of preserves. Strawberry or raspberry (your on your own with the seed problem ?) pink lady brownies! Blackberry or blueberry dream fairy brownies. Y’all now know what kinda books I grew up reading…lol. on a different note can something be done about all the adds and the media bar? It’s very distracting and sweets need my full focus. ?

  3. Here in Brazil there’s lemonade sweet juice powder. That’s the same that you use in your recipe? Thanks

  4. Alura Johnson

    I was so excited to try these lemonade brownies considering how much I love the tartness of lemon and the chewiness of brownies.

    I made these tonight and it fell short of what I was hoping it would be. The texture and flavor were kinda off. Can’t place my finger on it.

    The glaze was amazing though.

  5. katt campbell

    I baked these this morning and they didn’t rise at all and actually burned in my oven after only 13 minutes… Maybe more baking powder would help? And maaaan are they lemony! yikes…

  6. I thought I was being clever by using Crystal Light lemonade mix in this recipe. Sorry to say, it didn’t turn out like I thought it would. It left a bitter aftertaste. So just a heads up to anyone who was thinking of doing the same thing. I have to say, aside from the C.L. issue, the brownies were way too tart for me and I’m wondering if swapping the amount of sugar with the amount of lemonade mix might do the trick. Thoughts?

  7. oh my fricking goodness I am in love………. oh I’m going to make these, oh my goodness! Control myself long enough to get ingredients…

    thanks for the amazeballs idea!!!

    thea.
    (spoonfulzine.com)

  8. There must be a mistake in the 1/2 cup lemonade mix. It was so strong, I nearly choked!. It was like eating pure mix. They had to hit the trash. Sorry.

    1. I used 1/2 cup and it was lemony, but certainly not too strong…What brand of lemonade mix did you use?

    2. Cheryl Poston

      I have to agree. I just made these last night and was excited about the possibilities because the pics looked so yummy. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how lemony it was going to be. I used Country Time mix; maybe if you cut back on it.. i don’t know. Anyway, my kids did not like it and I could only eat the top part. The glaze was the only redeeming factor.

  9. no entiendo que es limonada seca o mezcla seca, aquí en Bogotá no consigo eso, pero tenemos mucho limón a precio económico, se puede hacer con jugo de limón?

  10. Totally……. amazing
    I was wondering if I wanna do this without using the dry lemonade powder, what possible substitute can be used!!!

    1. DO you want to change the flavor or are you wanting to still make them lemon? You could try some extract or lemon juice, certainly!

  11. Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland

    Why didn’t I think of this – wow! I love lemon but traditional lemon squares have that weird texture. These sound amazing!

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