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Lunch Lady Brownies

Our lunch lady brownies are moist, fudgy, and finished with the most homemade brownie frosting you’ll ever taste. These delicious homemade brownies are easy to make and will take you back to your old school days!

lunch lady brownies recipe

Lunch Lady Brownies Recipe

Do you remember having brownies like this on the elementary school lunch menu?

Honestly, I don’t think we ever had lunch room brownies like this, but I do associate this retro recipe with the bake sale brownies I enjoyed all throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

I found this recipe for lunch lady brownies in an old church cookbook. Apparently, the author used to work in one of the local schools. You guessed it, she was a lunch lady herself!

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Easy Homemade Brownies

I’ve become so lazy about making brownies. It’s so easy to turn to a boxed brownie mix, but once you try these delicious lunch lady brownies you’ll be glad you have a homemade option!

You’ve probably seen similar lunch lady brownies on Pinterest. There’s a good reason. These are so yummy!

The simple ingredients for these old-fashioned brownies include:

melted butter
cocoa powder
sugar
eggs
vanilla
and flour

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How to Make Lunch Lady Brownies

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Now, in a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Now stir in the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour just until combined. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes. Spread on the frosting while the brownies are still warm.

Note: I mixed my batter by hand using a wooden spoon, but you can use an electric mixer. Just be careful not to over mix the batter.

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I’ve also got a wonderful homemade frosting recipe to go with these moist and delicious homemade brownies.

Of course, you can always use your favorite can of store-bought frosting, but mine is SO MUCH BETTER.

Homemade Brownie Frosting

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this classic brownie frosting. It goes perfect with my lunch lady brownies!

butter
milk
cocoa powder
and powdered sugar

Using an electric mixer beat the butter until smooth.

Now, just add the milk, cocoa powder and about half the powdered sugar and beat until combined. Add the remaining sugar and beat until the frosting is smooth.

Lunchlady brownies recipe

How Long Do Brownies Last?

For best results, you should place your brownies in an airtight container or cover with foil or plastic wrap. When properly stored, your brownies will last for about 3 to 4 days when left out on the counter at room temperature.

These moist and chewy lunch lady brownies are totally addictive. You’ll have a hard time eating just one!

lunch lady brownies recipe

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Lunch Lady Brownies

Lunch Lady Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Rich and moist brownies that will remind you of lunches and bake sales from your childhood.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting

  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Stir in the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour just until combined. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes. Spread on the frosting while the brownies are still warm.

FROSTING

  1. Using an electric mixer beat the butter until smooth. Add the milk, cocoa powder and about half the powdered sugar and beat until combined. Add the remaining sugar and beat until smooth.

Notes

I mixed my batter by hand but you can use an electric mixer. Just be sure not to over beat the batter.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 532Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 2gSugar: 60gProtein: 6g

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    2 Comments on “Lunch Lady Brownies”

  1. I think brownies are the easiest to make and bake, especially being able to stir by hand – your recipe sounds delicious! As soon as I can pick up a fresh container of dry cocoa I’ll make a batch!

  2. I have made these many times before. These are the best brownies ever!!!

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