Lunch Lady Brownies

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You will have to excuse these two lonely brownies in the picture . . . these brownies were devoured so quickly last night that I only had two left to photograph! Ha ha!
We had such an amazing response to our Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars that it got me thinking about all the other yummy desserts we used to have with school lunch.
Fridays were absolutely my favorite day to buy school lunch because it was always nachos with a huge cinnamon roll (now that I think about it, that isn't a very healthy lunch at all! Ha ha! Thankfully I worked most of it off at recess!). 
I think that I would have loved being a lunch lady- cooking batch after batch of yummy food and desserts for all the cute kids . . . sounds like a pretty awesome job!
I am sad they don't make yummy food from scratch anymore, but thankfully the internet has made it possible for those yummy recipes to be found.
I came across this recipe at Saltbox House- come to find out, it's the brownie recipe that has been used at Bonneville Junior High School in Idaho for the past 50 years. If a recipe can stand the test of time, you know it's a keeper!

Lunch Lady Brownies
Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a mixer, blend melted butter and cocoa until smooth. Add flour and sugar; beat together. Mix in eggs and vanilla (and nuts if you are using them) and mix until combined (be sure not to over mix).
Pour batter into a greased 9x13" baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean (I am in a high altitude location- I have heard that for lower altitude, you may need to bake for just a little longer).
Let the brownies cool for about 10-20 minutes and then frost while still warm.

Frosting:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
dash of salt

Mix all ingredients together and frost as desired.

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  1. Just wanted to say, that I am a lunch lady! Love my job! And I adore those kids! I began working as a”Lunch Lady” when my kids went to school. I wanted to be home when they were and off when they were. That was almost 24 years ago”! Stange! But true!
    I live in Utah, and YES we make alot of things from stracht! We have cinnamon rolls for breakfast every other Thursday. Homemade wheat rolls almost 3 – 4 times a week! You should see the salad bars we put out there for these kids!
    I don’t remember eating this many fruit and veggies in my life!
    Just wanted to pop and say HI!!
    From the BEST SCHOOL THERE IS!!!!

    LeAnn

    • Cindy Abate says:

      Wow,
      I am a lunch lady too, and we can not have any home made sweets. Cinnamon buns sound great! I love anything from scratch. You have lucky kids in Utah. The Lunch Lady brownies are wonderful. Made them twice and they are being requested by my daughter again…

  2. Neesha says:

    How funny! I went to Bonneville Jr. High in Idaho! Actually, it was renamed Rocky Mountain Middle School in 1992 when I attended as part of the first 6th grade class. Both of my parents attended the school when it was Bonneville High! I do remember the brownies being pretty darn good!

  3. Rikki says:

    Just made these for a party tonight. We had so much stuff that my mom ended up putting her dessert on top of mine since mine had a lid. That means I have leftovers! Yum!

  4. Sarah says:

    The hard part is waiting for it to set at the end! I’ve been tasting as I go and it is all so yummy!! Have to sit on my hands to keep myself from cutting into them before they’ve cooled.

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