December 03, 2012

Calamansi "Brownies"

My favorite month is upon us! Yay! Happy December everyone.

I came across a lemon recipe I couldn't pass up and just had to try-- "Sticky Gooey Lemon Brownies". But, lemons don't exist here in this little town, like you know from my Calamansi Crinkle Cookies. So I just exchanged anything "lemon" in the recipe with calamansi-- and they turned out PERFECT! They're so amazingly good and are a big hit here. We gave a few slices to some of the family here today- and I got two instant orders for the afternoon and two more orders for Friday! They are that good.
Now, these aren't "true" brownies since they don't have any cocoa in them, BUT their texture is brownie-like in that it's dense and moist-- but these have a light, sweet flavor to them. They melt in your mouth. And the glaze on top adds the perfect touch. I highly recommend this recipe-- whether you use calamansi or lemon.

Calamansi "Brownies"
{Printable Recipe}

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed calamansi juice
  • 1 teaspoon packed calamansi zest (from 1 calamansi)
For the glaze:
  •  1 cup powdered sugar
  •  3 tablespoons fresh- squeezed calamansi juice
  • 1 teaspoon packed calamansi zest

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9×13″ baking dish. (You can use two 8x8" dishes, like I did, and just divide the batter between the two)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar & salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, calamansi juice & zest until combined.
  4. Mix the butter mixture into the flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes until set and just golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean.
  6. Let the bars cool slightly in the pan before glazing.
  7. For Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together  powdered sugar, fresh- squeezed calamansi juice, and zest until smooth.
  8. Pour over the lemon brownies and cool before serving.

You will NOT regret making these. You will also not be able to eat just one. They are heavenly. =)


Adapted from Becky Bakes


  1. Oh. My. Gosh. These look and sound AMAZING! I am all about citrus lately....and I want to try these!! PINNED! Thank you! :)

    Joy @ Yesterfood

    1. Thank you & thanks for pinning! If you try these, let me know how they turn out!

  2. Done this twice now. Amazing! So sarap


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