Lunch Lady Brownies

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Lunch Lady Brownies are moist, full of chocolate flavor and absolutely delicious. They’re like the ones the lunch ladies served for school lunch dessert, but I think this homemade version is better! 

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Lunch Lady Brownies Lunch Lady Brownies are the best brownies ever. They’re like the ones the lunch ladies served for school lunch dessert, but this homemade version is better!

I’ve been on a brownie kick lately. I don’t know what’s come over me. Maybe it’s the stress of selling our house (which we finally sold. Yay!) and it could also be the pre-stress of building the new one soon. I’m not quite sure. All I know is that these brownies were sent from heaven above. And that I ate four. For real. 😉 

Lunch Lady Brownies These Lunch Lady Brownies are simply incredible. Fudgy, chewy and totally amazing. Apparently, it’s an old recipe from the sweet ladies who served our lunches in Elementary school. I honestly don’t remember the brownies in Elementary school, but I do remember the rolls and the pizza. Do you remember how good those dinner rolls were? After I would eat mine I would go around the lunch table asking everyone else if I could have theirs. Haha. 


4.8 from 4 reviews
Lunch Lady Brownies
 
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The most incredible and fudgy brownies. This is the only brownie recipe you'll ever need!
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Frosting
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup milk ( I use 2%)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand-mixer, add the melted butter and cocoa powder. Using the paddle attachment, blend until smooth.
  3. Add the flour and sugar. Beat together then add eggs and vanilla. Mix just until combined. Don't over mix. (Batter will be thick)
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove brownies from oven and let stand 15 minutes before frosting. You want the brownies still warm when you frost them!
  5. FOR CHOCOLATE FROSTING: Beat together all the frosting ingredients until smooth. Pour and spread over warm brownies. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

 

 

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      1. About the rolls, oh yesssss!! I would trade everything I could on my lunch plate just to get those rolls. They were the best!!!

        1. You would have to bake them longer. I would set the timer for 5 minutes longer and test them. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are done.

        2. Hi Gena: Do the toothpick test at 30 minutes and if still not done bake another 10 minutes check again..

      1. FYI–I learned from chemistry, no joke that margarine is only ONE molecule away from being plastic. AND even flies won’t touch the stuff. I’m old enough to remember in the 70’s when margarine was seriously the “in thing”. Blahhhh! Now that I’m a grown up and in charge of my own kitchen, nothing but real butter in my fridge.

    1. I’ve made this with real butter and again with margarine. The margarine gave a slightly strange taste to the frosting, but other than that, it was fine.

  1. Oh my I been wanting these for years…these were the best brownies in school..The lunch lady would give me a nice size piece..the icing was to drool for.

    1. And also give me some baking tips because I always end up in not satisfying results …tc
      And congratulations for ur house sale and good luck for building up one 🙂

  2. Made these last night. So good! Almost half the pan is already gone and everyone in my family loves them! Thanks for this recipe!

  3. I am always on the lookout for a great brownie recipe and these are it! My chocolate obsessed 6 year old claimed these to be the “most delicious brownies ever made”! Made them for a party and they were the first to go and everyone was looking for more- yum! Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. So is it just cuz the frosting recipe that you have there came out incredibly thick and difficult to spread is that just how it’s supposed to be?? c

  5. Found your recipe yesterday and made it right away. They were very delicious. But a few people I shared them with weren’t sure if they were brownies or fudge. What would I add/omit to make them more chewy or cakey. Flavor was great though!

  6. These are delicious. My butter probably wasn’t soft enough, but after 15 minutes it wasn’t quite warm enough to make the frosting smooth and melty like that. Or I went too heavy on the powdered sugar. Despite not being as pretty as yours, I will definitely make again. I’d like to try a dark cocoa powder too. These are lovely and milk chocolatey.

  7. Just made these tonight! Followed your recipe perfectly and they turned out extremely delicious!! Amazing and simple brownie recipe!

  8. Made these this weekend, they are delicious! The best brownies I have ever had. They will forever be my go to brownie recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Made these tonight and they were so easy to whip up and perfectly delicious…thanks for a great recipe to add to my collection!

  10. I tried these the other day, but it seems there is too much flour. It was good, but much more like a cake than brownies.
    I’m not used to the “cup” system. I’m from Europe and we use grams.
    Can you tell me how many grams one cup is supposed to be ?
    Thank you very much 🙂

    1. It depends what you are measuring. 1 cup of butter is 250 grams but other things weigh differently. Just put whatever you want to convert into Google and a result will come up. There are sites that specialize in this. I live in Oz but am Canadian and am forever converting.

  11. I’ve always been a boxed brownie girl. Not any more! These were so easy, so gooey and so beautiful. I love recipes like this where you frost before its cool. It created such a perfect, different unique frosting. I cut them laugh and got about 15 I think. Look absolutely beautiful

  12. So I made these today. Please know that I do not like brownies. These were amazing!! And so supper easy. Better than a box for sure!!

  13. Made these, they were gorgeous and went down well with everyone. But I added 100g chopped up milk chocolate and a handful of crushed walnuts to the mix. Will only use this brownie recipe in future, thank you! x

  14. I just made these tonight for my girlfriend & I. She says they are the best brownies she’s ever had!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us✌️

  15. I’m going to try these using gluten-free all purpose flour and dairy-free alternatives. I wish I didn’t but my tummy doesn’t do gluten or dairy without issues anymore. Fingers crossed b/c these look incredible!

      1. Used gluten free flour. Turned out great. Used almond milk, at just room temp, the butter was organic from only grass fed cows from local organic registered farmer. A little grainy when mixed, turned out cake like, but common with gluten free based all purpose flour.going to try 1/4 cup home made COLD applesause to moisten batter a bit for a fudgier texture after baking.

  16. These are the best brownies I’ve ever had!! I’m having to pace myself because I could probably eat the whole pan by myself!!

  17. Hey!!
    I made these yesterday and they came out good but the frosting came out very dark. Any idea why ? Do you think its because of the type of coca?

    Thanks <3

  18. These sound amazing….i was wondering if i could use whole wheat flour instead? Trying to watch my carb intake battling gestational diabetes :/

  19. First homemade brownie recipe I have tried, and these were such a success. Absolutely delicious. It makes the perfect brownie texture… Not too cakey and not too gooey, just perfect. You’re crazy if you don’t give this recipe a try.

  20. I made these yesterday for the first time and will be making them again. I did add a little espresso powder to both the batter and the frosting, about 1 teaspoon each, just enough to enhance the chocolate. I also added a little sea salt after I frosted them for that sweet salty flavor. I will definitely be making them again.

  21. Oh my gosh! These are absolutely luscious. I added milk chocolate chips to the batter. Spread it out on a jelly roll pan, so they were thin. I put the icing in between, and on top with a dollop of cool whip. Heaven! I also used half, and half in place of the milk in the icing, and put it in the fodder processor. The texture is so creamy! Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Hi there, these do seem super delicious and for sure going to make them today. Quick qs- do I line my baking dish with baking paper before pouring the batter? Thanks in advance

  23. I made these brownies for my boyfriends “guys” night. They were to die for. I didn’t want to give them away! So dense, moist and chewy. This recipe is by far the best!

  24. I just made these but I only set my timer for 25 minutes and these are a little dry. I thought that 3 cups of powdered sugar was a little too much so I just used about 2 1/2 and that was fine. I am not sure but wasn’t real happy with these. I usually like mine moist like a cake. thanks for sharing though

  25. These where a hit for an after supper dessert! My two girls, 10 & 8 loved help making them, so easy. They where moist, yummy and simple to make!!

  26. Frosting is too sweet plus mine was grainy cause of powdered sugar.please specify confectionary sugar..Brownie itself turned out more caky than fudgy..

    1. I have used this frosting recipe, my recipe says to cook 3 minutes. Pour on hot brownies and spread. Let cool. Cut brownies ( or at least the frosting) before completely cooled. Frosting is like a fudge when cooled.

  27. I just made these for my son’s spring party tomorrow. Do I need to refrigerate them because of the icing? They smell great!

  28. I just made them and the entire neighborhood of kids give them a 2 thumbs up! They were sweet and I could drink the frosting!! YUMMY!

  29. These are so delicious! I added a few tsps of espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor and it definitely worked! Yum, Yum, Yum!

  30. The only brownie recipie you’ll ever need again – FACT. I made these today for the first time….a little bit of heaven on a plate.

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart….. from the sunny UK xx

  31. I made these last night! They are lovely, but not a home run for us. I think it was partially due to no salt? Also, without the icing, the brownie itself isn’t super chocolatey or rich. Perhaps I will try again with an addition of salt and mini chocolate chips? Thanks for the recipe! :).

  32. OMG. Best Thing Ever. I added Peter Pan Creamy Peanut butter to the frosting recipe and it was exactly like the cafeteria recipe I had growing up. I have searched for this recipe for almost 30 years with no luck and FINALLY found this!! THANKS!!!

    1. Did you ever have the Peanut Butter Cake? I have that recipe. I thought about adding peanut butter to this to see how it would be. Maybe my next batch. ..

  33. Do you have to line you pan with tin foil in order for the recipe to work? I own a pan specific for brownies and have never lined it besides with cooking spray. :):):)

  34. I made these this morning, followed the recipe exactly (except for sprinkling a few chopped pecans on the icing) They are sinfully delicious! Definitely, a keeper!

  35. Hi Holly, I would like to know if I can half the recipe to make an 8 x 8 pan and how to adjust baking time.
    Thank you,
    I’m a Holly too.

  36. I came across your recipe on Pinterest and can’t wait to try them! Question: are they just as good if I freeze them and thaw before an event? Or do I need to make them day of? Thanks!

  37. Hreat recipe. I added chocolate chips and pecans to the batter. My husband ate 3 in 5 minutes. I guess they came out good!

  38. I added in a lil bit of my homemade chocolate ganache (semi sweet chocolate,heavy cream, and a dash of chili powder) into both the brownie batter and frosting and it gave it a lil extra sizzle. Img they were so good!!! Also I loaded it with choc. Chips. LOVE the recipe. It will be a hit at my parties! So moist and Delish!

  39. I made this and my mother in law said they were the best brownies she ever ate. My husband ate 4 in the first half hour. They are both choc-o-holics and loved this recipe. I added pecans and chocolate chips to the brownie batter. Same amount of cooking time at 350 degrees.

  40. I had to make these. It’s 945pm and I have been laid up from surgery for 4 weeks. I asked hubby and he’s like ugh no. SO I hobbled into the kitchen and made them. I found the recipe for the Peanut Butter Cake they made in school and now with this I only need the rolls.

  41. Ive actually added Amarula to both the frosting and the mix. I call it Drunken Lunch Lady!
    My family devours it everytime. I just finished making two batches of them for our staff meeting ( one without and one with Amarula)

    *5-6 Cap fulls for the mix and 4 cap fulls for the icing.
    I suggest tweaking it to preference >> excuse to eat the batter 😉

  42. I love this recipe is so easy to make and is soooo good, I have to be honest I dont make the frosting I sprinkle powered sugar lightly on top to save a few calories. The brownies are so sweet and chocolaty they are great with no frosting too

  43. These are delish. I bake them in an 8×8 because I like a thick brownie. I add milk though because the batter was way too thick for me. Definitely making again 🙂

  44. I made these today..they are very good..mine also came out more “cake like”..my thought for people who have been asking is try cutting back by 1 egg..if you read the back of a brownie box..it will say..for more cake like brownies add an additional egg..4 eggs did seem like a lot ..just a thought..they were still yummy

  45. O.M.G.!!!! I just baked these brownies & I can’t tell you how the actual brownies taste but for the love of CHOCOLATE, this frosting is TO DIE FOR!!!! I couldn’t stop eating it…; omg! Yes- for those of you that say it comes out like “paste”, it is in fact SUPER THICK. But I just kept working it with the back of a stainless steel spoon & it came out amazing. I’m surprised I had any frosting left because of how much I ate once I whipped it all together! Puts B.C. Chocolate Frosting to shame!

  46. I just made these, let them cool for a few minutes and frosted them. My entire house smells like a brownie…if they taste as good as they smell (which I have no doubt), they won’t be around long! As a matter of fact, my 13 year old grandson keeps going in there and trying to steal the entire pan. I let him lick the beaters, I told him he doesn’t get any of the brownies, LOL.

  47. While working on my pinning today, I ran across this brownie recipe. I had to start making them right away! Unfortunately, I was out of cocoa powder so I had to run to the grocery store. But it was well worth it. They are really delicious! What I like most is that although they contain a lot of sugar, they are not too sweet or heavy. I’m sending some over to the neighbors so I don’t eat them all! Great recipe! Thanks

  48. I followed the recipe to the thrift. Thru were not chewy. They were completely cooked and fluffy.. did I do something wrong? I cooked them for 25 minutes.

  49. Made these for our Sunday family dinner and boy, were they a BIG hit! Brought back memories for my husband getting them at a bakery in town back in the day. Won’t make them very often becaùse of what’s in them but a great special occasion dessert. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  50. I just frosted these and followed your directions exactly. They look AWESOME. Can’t wait for them to cool, and it was so easy. Thanks for sharing!

  51. I made these brownies today…do NOT ask how many calories are in them! More importantly, I am of the age where our lunch ladies DID make these brownies and now I understand why the portion sizes were what they were! These are SUPER simple to make and turned out WONDERFUL! My daughter who is not a cake or frosting fan…DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHERE SHE GETS THAT FROM…SHE LOVED THIS! It’s nice that they aren’t that processed overly sweet tasting things that you get out of a box mix or the disgusting one’s from the stores bakery section.
    If you follow the recipe, exactly as it states, you will have success with these.
    As far as the dinner rolls go…I have the recipe for those! They are SUPER simple and can be made in a bread machine!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe…you brought back happy memories from my childhood from LONG AGO!

  52. I have made them twice and I am in love ♡ This will be one of my fireproof, sure to please recipe! I added white chocolate chips and walnuts to the batter and it turned out delicious! BAKE THESE BROWNIES!

  53. Just made these. I used the spoon, tap, level/scrape method for the flour and added 1/8 tsp salt. I made half a batch in an 8×8 and baked 25 minutes. They came out really great! I also added a peanut butter/powdered sugar layer of topping so overall they were a little too rich with the double icing. Lol I cut the half batch into 12 pieces but I think I’d go with 16 next time. And possibly half the icing.

    Thanks for the recipe! It was fast and easy and delicious, so definitely a keeper.

  54. I love this recipe!! I just made them for the second time in two weeks, today being my birthday. 🙂 Anyway, today they are super pebbly. Did I overmix in the butter/flour stage? I’m trying to figure out what happened. I’m still baking them since I’m on a time crunch and will let you know.

  55. I got out my recipe; cause this sounded similar and it is very close to mine. Mine has only 1 c flour and has 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt and 2 TBSP vanilla extract. I will definitely try this!

  56. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I would love to get the peanut butter cake & dinner roll recipes. Thanks again. Connie

  57. These are the best.. chewy brownies every! I made them yesterday.. My girls ate all of them. I am making a second batch today. This recipe is a keeper

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