Lunch Lady Brownies are a classic dessert made popular in the cafeterias of elementaries. Chocolate fudgy brownies with a decadent chocolate frosting. 

lunch lady brownies


Not all aspects of elementary school cafeteria lunch were unappetizing. In fact, these delicious lunch lady brownies hold a vivid place in many childrens’ memories. 

This classic recipe is a fudgy brownie made with melted butter and super simple ingredients. Turns out the lunch ladies got this got this school lunch dessert right!

The frosting is poured on warm brownies so that it kind of melts into them to make moist brownies. Because they’re on the gooey side, it’s best to let them sit at room temperature so they kind of set up. 


Yes. Double all of the ingredients and bake in a 9X13 inch baking pan.


lunch lady brownies

Lunch Lady Brownies

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Lunch Lady Brownies are a classic dessert made in school lunches in the cafeterias of elementaries. These old-fashioned brownies are the best brownies with the most delicious chocolate frosting.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, , melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a 9”x9” baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter for a few minutes until mixture gets lighter in color. Add in eggs and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  • Slowly add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until just combined. Pour brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out not wet in the center. Do not overbake!
  • While brownies are baking, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, milk, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar until a smooth. Adjust consistency as needed by adding a tablespoon of milk to make runnier or more powdered sugar to thicken up.
  • Spread frosting on top of the brownies while they are warm. Let the brownies cool then cut into squares.
Cuisine: American
Course: All Desserts, Desserts
lunch lady brownies