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Lunch Lady Brownies

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

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Lunch Lady Brownies

Lunch Lady Brownies

A classic recipe for fudge, chewy brownies with icing.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
SERVINGS: 16 brownies


  • 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.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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Recipe adapted from: Saltbox House Creations

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23 thoughts on “Lunch Lady Brownies”

  1. If you are watching your calories you better not make these. This has to be the best brownie recipe ever. The frosting reminds me of our hometown bakery’s recipe and I almost have it nailed by adding 2 more tbls of cocoa. I wish I would have taken a pic before everyone got into them. Thanks for sharing. This recipe is a keeper for sure!

  2. Love love love these Brownies. The Aluminum foil tip is amazing! I did find I needed to bake them about 35 minutes in my oven but they turned out perfect. The frosting is great – my dinner guests were blown away. I’ve been using an old family favourite for years and my husband said “throw the other recipe out – these are waaaaay better! Also, easy for the Grandkids to make.

  3. I have no idea how anyone couldn’t love these brownies. I didn’t even have a sifter for the flour but mixed it with a fork before measuring and added a pinch of salt, and they were insanely delicious. I iced while warm, as the directions advised, and it almost melts through so the icing is even on the bottom. And the aluminum foil tip was brilliant. Best brownies ever and so rich.

  4. I do not know what Patrice is talking about…must have screwed them up somehow…they are in fact delicious and I get rave reviews!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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. Tracy S Myers

        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!

  8. Melissa Howell

    Yes, I would eat five at least. Then the next day I would eat five more. Simply perfect brownies!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve heard of lunch lady brownies, but I didn’t realize it was just with frosting…looks AMAZING! I wish I could reach through m y screen and grab five of these for breakfast!

  10. I have a huge weakness for brownies and these look just perfect! And yes to even more chocolate with that luscious frosting!

    1. Jessica Watson

      Texture wise, they are perfectly gooey and creamy with the frosting. Absolutely what I love about brownies. However, I believe the flavor is a bit bland. I think maybe a pinch of salt would really do the trick.

  11. 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.

  12. Mary // chattavore

    I wholeheartedly agree with you that the only thing better than a brownie is a brownie with frosting! These look PERFECT.

  13. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    I have been seeing those lunch lady brownies on my Pinterest too a lot lately and now I know there are worth the hype!! I need these! These look so good 🙂

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