LUNCH LADY BROWNIES

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These classic Lunch Lady Brownies are always a hit!

Lunch Lady Brownies - The Southern Lady Cooks

 

If you love fudgy, chewy, brownies you will definitely want to make these. They are incredible and super easy to make. The frosting really takes them to the next level. If you do make these be prepared for them to disappear fast. These lunch lady brownies are perfect to take to any gathering. They keep well in an air tight container too.

Lunch Lady Brownies Ingredients Needed:

Unsweetened cocoa

All-purpose flour

Granulated sugar

Eggs

Butter

Vanilla

Evaporated Milk or real milk

Powdered sugar

Note: I added pecans to my most recent batch and they were delicious! If you like nuts in your brownies add them. I also only used 1.5 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting and that worked well too.

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“Followed the directions exactly and they turned out perfect. My family loves them! Definitely a recipe I will make over and over!”-Tammy

Lunch Lady Brownies - The Southern Lady Cooks

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4.8 from 15 votes

Lunch Lady Brownies

Absolutely delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Lunch Lady Brownies
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup of butter melted
  • 4 teaspoons of vanilla

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of evaporated milk or real milk I used evaporated
  • 1/4 cup of butter softened
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and spray with a non stick cooking spray. I like to use Pam. Combine cocoa and melted butter in bowl and mix with an electric mixer. Then add flour and sugar and continue to beat together. Next add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined, but don't over mix. The batter will be thick.
  • Next spread into prepared baking dish and spread evenly. The batter will be thick, so this may take a moment. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fork inserted in center comes out clean. It took mine exactly 30 minutes, but all ovens vary.
  • Let cool 15 minutes and add frosting. You will want the brownies warm when you add the frosting.

Frosting Instructions

  • Beat together all frosting ingredients until smooth. Pour and spread over brownies. Let them completely cool before cutting. If you find that your frosting is too thick, you can always add a little more milk to get the right consistency before spreading over the brownies.

Notes

I added pecans to my most recent batch and they were delicious! If you like nuts in your brownies add them.
I also only used 1.5 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting and that worked well too.

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42 Comments

  1. I just made these & only had 1.5 cups of plain flour so I had to add in the other 1/2 as S R flour, I’m keeping my fingers crossed they turn out OK, it was super thick, but the recipe said it would be. I’ll let yall know if they worked this way, I didn’t have time to run to the store to get plain flour, so we’ll see, the raw batter tasted amazing, even on my WW diet 🙂 Oh Lordy !!5 stars

  2. Barbara Campbell says:

    Will these turn out ok if I half the recipe?

  3. Nancy Frazier says:

    Can these be made ahead and frozen?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I’ve never tried freezing them.

      • I made these brownies last night. Not only are they delicious but it’s such a simple recipe using my favorite ingredient I grew up on good old fashioned Hershey’s . I know my grand children are going to love these. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It’s a keeper.5 stars

      • The Southern Lady says:

        So glad this recipe was such a hit! We love this one too!

  4. Linda L Wolanin says:

    I happen to be old enough to remember these brownies from school. I was so excited to find your recipe. I now make these for my daughter bakery. I devide the batter and make them with walnuts and a cookies and cream with oreos. They are a great hit. Thanks5 stars

  5. You were right…best brownies ever! Absolutely delicious, my family loved them. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I love Front Porch Life Magazine too.5 stars

  6. These are delicious! Should they be refrigerated because of the milk in frosting?5 stars

  7. I’ve made these brownies now three times. My family is obsessed! It’s our forever favorite brownie recipe.5 stars

  8. Mine were also very dry! Hubby said “if it wasn’t for the icing, I don’t think I could swallow them!” And..he’s the least picky eater I know! Maybe recipe left out water or oil?2 stars

    • The Southern Lady says:

      So sorry you weren’t able to make this recipe work for you. This recipe is correct as written and these brownies have glowing reviews. If your brownies came out dry, you clearly baked them too long. All ovens vary and baking times should be used as a suggestion when making a recipe.

  9. Made these last night and my family loved them! Such an easy recipe and delicious! They were moist and the frosting is oh so good! I love all your recipes.5 stars

  10. Made these for Super Bowl weekend, they were gone in five minutes. I didn’t even get one! They really are the most delicious brownies.5 stars

  11. Can I substitute Country crock for the butter?

  12. I’m not sure what I did wrong, I’ve checked and rechecked the rechecked to make sure I followed the instructions, and I gotta tell you, we weren’t happy at all with them. They were Camry, not at all fudgy as described.
    I’ve made recipes of yours in the past, and they turned out good. Not happy at all with these though.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Mary, I have no clue what you did wrong but as you can see this recipe has fantastic reviews. Not every recipe will work for everyone.

  13. These are the best brownies on the planet. Period!5 stars

  14. Did you use unsalted butter or salted?

  15. Hi – I would like to make these for our little cafe in Australia. Could you tell me if the icing sets? Thanks!

  16. Nancy Leonard says:

    I make these brownies all the time. Everyone loves them.

    I made one change to the recipe. I remove 4 tablespoons of flour from the two cups requested in the recipe. It makes the brownies a little more moist.

    This is a great brownie recipe! I bake chopped pecans into the batter and spread the frosting on the hot brownies as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. The frosting melts and tastes like sheet cake frosting.5 stars

  17. Made them for a gathering last weekend and three people asked for the recipe! They are amazing!5 stars

  18. Mary Yetta says:

    Do you have to line the bottom of pan with foil? Is Pam not sufficient?

  19. Followed the directions exactly and they turned out perfect. My family loves them! Definitely a recipe I will make over and over!5 stars

  20. I’ve made these twice in the last month! Incredible!5 stars

    • Gloria McCord says:

      While using all purpose flour in this recipe, why do you not add baking powder, salt or baking soda? Will the brownies not rise without leavening?

      • The Southern Lady says:

        These are not fluffy brownies, these are chewy fudge type brownies. You can try using whatever you like, but this is the recipe we use and have for years.

  21. Kim Freiburg says:

    Do you have a cookbook for sale with the recipes you posted

  22. What would happen if self-rising flour was used? I just bought a 5 lb pkg.

  23. Best brownies I’ve ever made! Seriously incredible. Thank you for this delicious recipe. Keeper for sure!5 stars

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