Nostalgic Lunch Lady Brownies: A Sweet Trip Down Memory Lane

Recreate the magic of those beloved school cafeteria brownies with this simple and delightful Lunch Lady Brownies recipe. Bringing together the tender texture of brownies and a frosting that’s pure melt-in-your-mouth bliss, these treats will transport you back to the cherished moments of school lunches. Get ready for a taste of nostalgia right in your own kitchen!


For the Brownies:

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

For the Frosting:

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


Step 1: Prep and Preheat

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a 9”x9” baking pan with foil, ensuring that the foil extends over the sides a bit.

Step 2: Mix the Brownie Batter

  • Cream together sugar and melted butter until lightened in both color and texture.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, stirring until fully incorporated.
  • Slowly add flour and cocoa powder. Mix just until uniform. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out mostly dry. Avoid overbaking.

Step 3: Make the Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, combine softened butter, milk, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and frosting-like.
  • Adjust consistency by adding milk or powdered sugar as needed.

Step 4: Frost and Serve

  • While brownies are still warm, spread the frosting evenly over the top, letting it melt into the brownies.
  • Cut into squares and use the foil to lift them out of the pan.

Step 5: Relish the Nostalgia

  • Savor the homemade Lunch Lady Brownies and relive those sweet cafeteria memories.

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