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Christine's Lemon Brownies

If you're wondering what to do with all the extra lemons in your backyard, Christine has shared her delicious lemon brownie recipe. Combining both the rind and the juice, it's sure to be a hit with the whole family.



  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon rind
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

To serve:

  • Icing sugar or Greek yoghurt


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • Beat flour, half of the sugar and butter together until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl whisk eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind and the remaining sugar together.
  • Then pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and beat on a medium speed until smooth (don’t panic if it looks curdled, it will come together with mixing).
  • Pour the mixture into a lined oven 20cm x 30cm tin.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and just firm to touch.
  • Allow to cool before removing from tin, serve with a dusting of icing sugar or Greek yoghurt and enjoy!

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  • I can't wait to try it. First tasted it at a Auckland Home Show, but never saw the crowd who specialised in brownies again.

    Lynette Wall

    • I just took this out of the oven and wish I had some whipped cream right now to top it, yummy!

      Jennifer Bowman

    • Ooh that would top it off nicely! We hope you enjoy this recipe Jennifer. Happy gardening and cooking ^Tui Team

      Tui Team

    • The most delicious brownie I have tasted. Certainly making it again.


    • Can I reduce the amount of sugar?

      Pauline Connors

    • Use Erythritol and Monk Fruit natural sugar.


  • Great cake, was a winner with the whole family!


    • Hi Fiona, that's wonderful to hear. We're glad it was a hit with the family - thanks for sharing your feedback. Happy gardening and cooking! ^Tui Team

      Tui Team

  • Making cakes for our U3A lunch on Thursday so will try this. ( and try to have some left to share!)

    Noni Rush

  • Could these be done GF?


    • Hi Jane, yes, we think these could be adapted to be GF by using a gluten free flour.

      Tui Team

  • Should the butter be melted? Or is it dry and crumbly in the flour mixture, like scones? Thanks.


    • Hi Juliette, not melted but just softened. When beating with the flour and sugar it comes together nicely as you beat. Happy cooking! ^Tui Team

      Tui Team

  • sounds yummy can't wait to try


  • Could I use Lime juice/rind instead of lemon?

    Shirley Scott

    • Hi Shirley, you can use lime as a substitute for lemon in the brownie, it will have a slightly different flavour to lemon, but will still give the brownie the lovely citrus flavour.

      The Tui Team

      Tui Team

  • Hi Tui, could dairy-free spread (eg Olivani) or oil be used instead of the butter? Sounds fab but my daughter is dairy-free so while it could be my sneaky treat it'd be much nicer if I could share it with her!


    • Hi Debbie, while none of the Tui Team have tried a butter substitute for this recipe, coconut oil can be substituted 1:1 for butter in cake recipes. Make sure the coconut oil is melted before adding to the mixture, coconut and lemon are a yummy combination. You may need to experiment, it will change the texture of the cake, but please let us know how you go as it would be good to have a dairy-free alternative.

      Tui Team

      Tui Team

    • Any dairy free marg could be substituted, I use Nuttelex coconut spread when I bake dairy free.

      Annemarie Gibbs

  • Hi, definitely trying this today. Is the flour plain or SR??


    • Hi Heather, the recipe calls for plain flour.

      Tui Team

      Tui Team

  • Tried this recipe today Absolutely yummy. Lemon flavour beautiful. Thankyou.

    Teri Neville

  • Hi Tui. I made these with home grown oranges and oh my goodness they were delicious.


  • Golly this looks amazing...shall try it out tomorrow


  • I will lessen the sugar as I am over-weight and sugar is the No.1 problem of being over-weight. I can't wait to try this out as I have plenty of lemons plus more of last years juice.

    Jeff Williamson

    • Hi Jeff, reduce the sugar by about one third to start with, and see how the brownie tastes, if you think you can reduce it again, go to half and try that. Artificial sweeteners can be used in place of sugar.

      Lianne, Tui Team

  • I made this lemon brownie and it was so delicious. Have put it in my recipe book to make again.

    Lesley Maharey

  • Lovely and Lemony! I think I'd reduce the amount of sugar next time... (and have it with a dollop of whipped cream) Yum!

    Cheryll Butters

  • Is this suitable to freeze once cut into brownie squares?


    • Hi Lucy, yes, the lemon brownie can be frozen once cut into squares.


  • I made this one before, for my families dessert and it goes well with homemade ice cream liqueur.

    Evelyn Fletcher

  • Just yummy!

    Leslie Fallowfield

  • Sounds delicious!


  • Christine’s Lemon Brownie recipe was an instant favourite with all the family, easy to make and absolutely delicious. 🍋


  • Love your emails, they are a great help.

    Joan Brunton

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