Lunch Lady Brownies

 

close up shot of a brownie with a bite taken out of it
Fudgy Lunch Lady Brownies are soft and thick with the most delicious chocolate frosting. Full of chocolate flavor, these moist brownies are quick and easy to make.
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Table of Contents
  1. Lunch Lady Brownies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Lunch Lady Brownies Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You'll Love
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Lunch Lady Brownies are soft, chewy, brownies with the most delicious chocolate frosting. If you have fond memories of being served a fudgy brownie covered in icing in your school cafeteria, these are even better. Full of chocolate flavor, these moist brownies are easy to make and a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. 

If you can’t get enough brownie recipes try making chocolate brownie cake, brownie cupcakes, or even lemon brownies

close up shot of a brownie with a bite taken out of it

Lunch Lady Brownies Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla

For the Frosting

  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Substitutions and Additions

FROSTING: Replace the chocolate icing with a different flavor. Try vanilla or peanut butter for a fun twist on this classic. 

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: These delicious brownies can always use more chocolate. Add chocolate chips in the batter for even more yummy rich chocolate flavor. 

SPRINKLES: Everything is more fun with sprinkles! To add a bit of color to this already perfect brownie, add colorful sprinkles on top of the frosting.

BUTTER: Both salted and unsalted butter work fine in this recipe.

How to Make This Lunch Lady Brownies Recipe

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and cocoa powder until smooth.

melted butter and cocoa powder mixed together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the flour, salt, and sugar and mix together (mixture will be dry and crumbly).

flour, salt, and sugar whisked into the cocoa mixture

STEP THREE: Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.

eggs and vanilla beat into the brownie batter

STEP FOUR: Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and pour batter into pan.

PRO TIP: Lining the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil will allow you to lift the entire rectangle of baked brownies out of the pan for easier cutting once cooled. You can also grease the pan instead if you would prefer.

STEP FIVE: Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

brownie batter placed into a pan then baked

STEP SIX: While the brownies are baking, make the frosting by whisking together butter, milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. The frosting should be thick and spreadable. It should be similar to the consistency of canned frosting but it will taste much better. 

PRO TIP: If the frosting is too thick, add one tablespoon of milk at a time to thin it out a bit.

frosting ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before frosting. Then spread frosting over the top of the brownies.

STEP EIGHT: Let cool completely before slicing.

PRO TIP: These brownies are so decadent, you can serve smaller portions if you would like to get more than 12 servings out of the batch.

How to Serve

Lunch lady brownies are still a welcome sight in lunchboxes for both kids and adults, but you don’t need to save these yummy brownies for just lunchtime. Serve them with a glass of milk for an afternoon snack or with a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent dessert. Kids of all ages will want a bite of these chocolatey squares. 

Storage

AT ROOM TEMPERATURE: These old-fashioned brownies are typically stored at room temperature in either an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap or foil. Stored like this, they can last up to 4 days if they aren’t eaten first.  

IN THE FREEZER: If they last long enough, this homemade brownie recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 

overhead shot of brownies after being cut into squares

Fudgy Lunch Lady Brownies prove that the only thing better than a brownie is a brownie slathered with chocolate frosting. Whether you make a tray to take to a party or simply to enjoy at home, be prepared for these rich brownies to disappear fast. Beautifully soft and thick lunch lady brownies taste like the best parts of childhood. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze these homemade brownies? 

You can definitely freeze this fudgy brownie recipe. They should keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I use store-bought frosting in place of the homemade one? 

If you are looking for a quick shortcut for this simple recipe to save time, you can use store-bought frosting on top of these brownies.

Can I add chocolate chips or nuts to these brownies? 

The lunch lady brownies would be delicious with either chocolate chips or nuts mixed in.

Can I cut this recipe in half and make them in an 8-inch pan? 

While we haven’t tried this, you can give it a go and let us know how you make out.

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close up shot of a brownie with a bite taken out of it

Lunch Lady Brownies

Fudgy Lunch Lady Brownies are soft and thick with the most delicious chocolate frosting. Full of chocolate flavor, these moist brownies are quick and easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cool Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla

Frosting

  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and cocoa powder until smooth.
  • Add the flour, salt, and sugar and mix together (mixture will be dry and crumbly).
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and pour batter into pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • While the brownies are baking, make the frosting by whisking together butter, milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. The frosting should be thick and spreadable. It should be similar to the consistency of canned frosting but it will taste much better.
  • Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before frosting. Then spread frosting over the top of the brownies.
  • Let cool completely before slicing.

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Notes

  • Lining the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil will allow you to lift the entire rectangle of baked brownies out of the pan for easier cutting once cooled. You can also grease the pan instead if you would prefer.
  • If the frosting is too thick, add one tablespoon of milk at a time to thin it out a bit.
  • These brownies are so decadent, you can serve smaller portions if you would like to get more than 12 servings out of the batch.

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