Lunch Lady Brownies

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Lunch Lady Brownies are thick, fudgy, and not too “dark”. They are perfect for the milk chocolate lovers in your life. What makes them so delicious? The thick layer of frosting on the top.

Rumor has it that this is the same recipe passed down from years and years of lunch ladies. Do you remember these same brownies being served at your school lunch for dessert?  Making these at home is simple and tastes so good!

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Lunch Lady Brownies

Is there a more classic dessert than brownies?!  I love homemade brownies because they taste delicious but they are also quick to whip up, easy to serve, you can make in advance, and they travel well. Sounds like a winner in my book.

Chocolate frosted brownies are really easy to make and perfect for a budding chef to bake. In a large bowl add the melted butter, cocoa, and sugar. Then add the eggs, vanilla and then mix well. Add the flour and stir until combined. Now place the batter in the baking dish making sure to spread it out nice, even, and all the way to the edges and bake for 22-25 minutes. 

The frosting is a must and totally levels up the brownies. Pro tip: frost the brownies while they are still warm for the most delicious results. 

How can I tell when brownies are done baking?

The best way to make sure your brownies are cooked all the way through is to insert a toothpick into the center of the pan. If it comes out clean they are done.

Is it better to cut brownies warm or cold?

As tempting as it is to dive into a pan of brownies, you’ll get the best results if you wait to cut them until they are completely cooled. If you cut them before they are thoroughly cooled, you will end up with a gooey mess. To get nice, clean edges just wait to cut them. And because we have frosted these brownies, making sure they are cool will help the frosting not to melt too.

How long will brownies stay fresh?

Brownies taste the best when they are eaten in 3-4 days. However, it is rare that they make it past day 1 at our house. That being said, I think these brownies with chocolate frosting on top last longer than a traditional brownie. The frosting seems to help hold in the moisture.

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top view of brownies in the baking dish, cut into squares
5 from 2 votes

Lunch Lady Brownies

Lunch Lady Brownies are thick, fudgy, and not too “dark”. They are perfect for the milk chocolate lovers in your life and you won’t believe how great the chocolate frosting is on top of a chewy brownie.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies


For the Brownies

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

For the Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish well.
  • In a large bowl add the melted butter, cocoa, and sugar. Beat until well combined, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the flour and stir until combined.
  • Place the batter in the baking dish and spread it out evenly. It will be very thick, so make sure it gets to all of the edges of the pan.
  • Bake for 22 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • To make the frosting add the butter, milk, vanilla, and cocoa to a large bowl and beat until the mixture comes together, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the powdered sugar and salt and beat until combined. Frost the brownies while they are still slightly warm.
  • Let cool and them cut and serve. You are going to love these!


Serving: 1 of 16 brownies, Calories: 398kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 169mg, Potassium: 106mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 47g, Vitamin A: 509IU, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 2mg
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Lunch Lady Brownies are the best brownies you will ever make. They are rich, fudgy, and have the most delicious frosting. I think more brownies with chocolate frosting are needed in your life. I really wish I could bring you a plate.

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  1. I have made these twice in the last week to rave reviews! I took one pan to a family dinner and everyone kept coming back for these. I do love a good bake-and-frost recipe like this where you get to mix it all up, toss it in the pan, bake it and frost it as soon as it’s out of the oven so you can make it and be done. I ended up subbing melted coconut oil and 1/2 tsp. salt for the butter in the brownie part of the recipe but still used butter in the frosting and it was still fabulous! Thank you for another keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    My 11 year old made these for dinner tonight! They are amazing!! She made them last night and didn’t add the frosting until today. They are so yummy!

  3. You are so sweet Melissa. I follow you on instagram and love your recipes! I think your a wonderful mother. I’m sorry you’ve had such a rough few weeks.

  4. I circled back around to this post today to tell you how much it has helped me the last couple days. I have two out of three kids throwing up from a stomach bug, so I know well the desperate prayers whispered over the sick and likely soon-to-be sick. The Love Does mantra is helping me through the loads of laundry and endless calls for help, so thanks.

  5. So sorry for your difficult times you’ve been having! Thank you for the reminders of why we sometimes just need to change our perspective. These brownies are the perfect way to remember Joan.