Zesty Lemon Blondies with Cream Cheese Icing: A Refreshing Treat for Warm Weather

Welcome the sunshine of spring and summer with these delightful Lemon Blondies, a bright and tangy twist on the classic brownie. These blondies are infused with the zest and juice of fresh lemons, offering a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Topped with a smooth lemon cream cheese icing, each bite is a creamy, citrusy delight. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny day picnic or a leisurely brunch, these blondies are the perfect treat to brighten your day.

Why You’ll Love This:

Lemon lovers, rejoice! These Lemon Blondies are made with real lemon juice and zest, ensuring every bite is packed with natural citrus flavor. The addition of a lemon cream cheese icing adds a luxurious creaminess that complements the blondie base beautifully. These blondies are not only delicious but also easy to make, making them a great recipe for bakers of all skill levels. With their moist texture and zesty flavor, they’re sure to become a favorite for any spring or summer occasion.

Perfect Occasion:

These Lemon Blondies are versatile enough for any event or casual gathering during the warmer months. Serve them at Easter gatherings, Mother’s Day brunches, summer BBQs, or simply as a delightful afternoon treat. They’re also a fantastic choice for bake sales or as a thoughtful homemade gift for friends and neighbors.

Decoration Tips:

  • Garnish the icing with additional lemon zest or thin lemon slices for an extra touch of elegance and a hint of color.
  • Sprinkle a little edible glitter or gold leaf on top of the icing for a festive and sophisticated finish.
  • Cut the blondies into different shapes using cookie cutters for themed parties or special occasions.

For the Lemon Blondies:

  • Granulated Sugar: 250g
  • Zest of 2 Lemons (preferably organic, unwaxed)
  • Unsalted Butter (melted and cooled to warm): 170g
  • Medium Eggs (room temperature): 2
  • Medium Egg Yolks (room temperature): 2
  • Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract): ½ tsp (or 1 tsp)
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice: 3 tbsp
  • All-Purpose Flour: 150g
  • Cornstarch: ½ tsp
  • Salt: ¼ tsp

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Icing:

  • Powdered/Icing Sugar (sifted): 120g
  • Full-Fat Cream Cheese (room temperature): 55g
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice: 2 tsp
  • Zest of ½ Lemon (preferably organic, unwaxed)
  • Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract): ½ tsp (or 1 tsp)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and prepare a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl, rubbing them together. Mix in the melted butter, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the lemon juice.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, and salt. Combine with the wet ingredients to form a smooth batter. Pour into the pan and smooth the top.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes until golden and set. Cool completely in the pan.
  5. For the icing, whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Spread over cooled blondies.
  6. Allow the icing to set, then slice and serve.

Embrace the zestful joy of these Lemon Blondies, a lusciously tangy treat that’s perfect for enjoying the warm, sunny days of spring and summer. Enjoy!

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