Lunch Lady Brownies

Sharing is caring!

Lunch Lady Brownies

Brownies are my very favorite sweet treat. I bake them all the time. So naturally I had to try these Lunch Lady Brownies that I saw all over Pinterest.

Because what’s the only thing better than a brownie? A brownie with frosting. And these brownies are covered in a wonderful chocolate icing.

Lunch Lady Brownies


These are my very favorite kind of brownie- fudgy, chewy, and oh so chocolaty.

You’ll have a hard time not eating 2 or 3 or even 4 or 5. They are that good. It’s a classic recipe you will want to make over and over again.

Lunch Lady Brownies


Lunch Lady Brownies


Supposedly this recipe was originally from a lunch lady in Idaho- hence the name Lunch Lady Brownies. The recipe dates back about 50 years, proving it has stood the test of time. It’s a simple recipe made from just butter, cocoa, flour, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

If you haven’t tried this recipe before, you’ll find they are definitely a keeper.

Lunch Lady Brownies

Sign up HERE for the Spicy Southern Kitchen Newsletter.

Lunch Lady Brownies

Lunch Lady Brownies

A classic recipe for fudge, chewy brownies with icing.
3.4 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Author: Christin Mahrlig


  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa powder together until smooth.
  • Add remaining brownie ingredients and stir until evenly combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Let brownies cool 15 minutes and then frost. (They should still be somewhat warm when you frost them.)
  • To make frosting, use an electric mixer to beat together all frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread frosting on brownies.

Recipe adapted from: Saltbox House Creations

More Brownie Recipes

Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies

Brownies stuffed with oreo cookies.

Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Let's Keep in Touch

Delicious recipes delivered straight to your inbox!

16 thoughts on “Lunch Lady Brownies

  1. I will NEVER make these brownies again. I know good food and these aren’t recommended. They’re bland, insulting to the lunch ladies everywhere, and cruel to kids.

  2. Do you use unsalted or salted butter? I’ve made them with unsalted and it seems like they are a bit lacking. Thought about trying a stick of each? Thoughts?

  3. So what did I do wrong? Mine turned out heavy and hard, kind of like hockey pucks! The version I had send was the same except it said to use softened butter not melted butter. I did use a mixer on low to mix them rather than stirring by hand and they didn’t appear done (using a toothpick) after the designated time so I left them in the oven an extra 5 min. I was so excited to find his recipe and so disappointed with the result.

      1. With brownies, I try to to never use a mixed. I stir with a spoon and try to not stir a lot. Brownies can be overmixed. The less you can , the better. Plus aluminum foil keeps the edges soft too. Good luck!

  4. I feel like I live under a rock sometimes…I haven’t heard of lunch lady brownies so thank you for introducing them to me. I haven’t yet met a brownie I didn’t like but these fudgy, chewy ones, with frosting, look amazing and has got to be an easy crowd favorite. I can see how it’d capture everyone’s imagination.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *