Growing up, our school cafeteria always served the most amazing food!
Our lunch ladies would wake up at the crack of dawn to make everything from scratch. Ahhh, those were the days.
One of my favorite desserts from school were the Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars. My friend gave me a recipe for them over 10 years ago and I shared them on our blog. We had so many lunch ladies reach out to us that it was the exact recipe they use!
If you’ve tried the Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars, you know they are possibly the best dessert of all time. However, these Lunch Lady Brownies (also from the lunch ladies themselves) rival the peanut butter bars for that top spot!
How to make Lunch Lady Brownies:
These brownies are actually quite simple to make. You could make these brownies in a stand mixer, but I just used a hand held mixer and large glass mixing bowl.
To make the brownie batter, you will beat together butter, cocoa, flour, sugar and eggs. If you like a more cake-like brownie, use all 4 eggs. If you prefer a chewier brownie, use only 3 eggs.
Spread the brownie batter in a 9×13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let the brownies cool for a few minutes while you make the frosting, but you’ll spread the frosting on the brownies while they are still warm.
To make the frosting, you simply beat together butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and a little milk. The frosting will be really thick, but spreading it on warm brownies helps make it easier to spread.
Let the brownies cool all the way then cut into squares and serve.
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Lunch Lady Brownies Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- ½ cup cocoa
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup cocoa
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, use a mixture to mix butter and cocoa together until smooth.
- Add flour and sugar; beat together.
- Mix in eggs and vanilla until just combined.
- Pour batter into a greased 9x13" baking pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the brownies cool for about 10-20 minutes and then frost while still warm.
- Mix all ingredients together and frost as desired.
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