Lunch Lady Brownies are easy to make and so moist while being packed with chocolate. These homemade brownies are topped with decadent chocolate frosting for an irresistible treat.

Brownies cut into squares.
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This is one of our favorite easy brownie recipes. They are yummy fudgy brownies just like they used to serve in the cafeteria. These chocolate brownies are so moist and topped with even more chocolate.

Even with our crazy schedule, this recipe is easy enough to make. I also make Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe and Easy One Bowl Brownies for dessert.

Why This Recipe Works

This type of brownies is made with several eggs, and it makes the texture so yummy and perfect. Once you try these delicious lunch lady brownies, you will be hooked.

They are so rich and sweet while the frosting takes it up a notch. This recipe is sure to impress. Each bite is loaded with chocolate and more chocolate for the perfect treat.


Ingredients for brownies - cocoa powder, flour, vanilla, butter, milk, powdered sugar.


  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. Pay attention to the label so you get unsweetened.
  • All Purpose Flour. It is best to spoon the flour into the measuring cup instead of scooping it.
  • Vanilla Extract. Pure Vanilla will result in the best brownies.


  • Milk. Whole milk is best and provides rich flavor.
  • Butter. Soften the butter at room temperature to make it easiest to blend.
  • Powdered Sugar. Sift the confectioners’ sugar to remove any lumps.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and get the complete ingredients list.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Frosting. Chocolate is amazing but other ideas for frosting include peanut butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  • Nuts. Sprinkle nuts on top of the brownies as soon as you frost them. Chopped pecans or walnuts taste great. You can also add nuts into the brownie mixture before baking.

    If you have a divided household, I suggest adding to the top and only sprinkling nuts on half the pan. Make sure to do it before the frosting sets so it will stick.
  • Sprinkles. Jazz this recipe up with an assortment of sprinkles. It is an easy way to make these even more fun for birthdays, holidays and other occasions.
  • More Chocolate. If you really love chocolate, add a cup of chocolate chips to the batter. This will give the brownies even more chocolate taste.
  • Store bought frosting. If you need to save a little time and skip a step, you can use store bought frosting.

How to make Lunch Lady Brownies

  • Step 1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the pan with non stick cooking spray.
Mixing bowl with melted butter and cocoa powder combined.

Step 2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter and unsweetened cocoa powder.  Then stir in the flour and sugar. 

Eggs and vanilla added to mixing bowl.

Step 3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Be careful that you do not over mix. 

Cake baked and cooling in pan.

Step 4. Next, pour batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Be careful that you do not overbake the brownies. See How to Tell if Brownies are Done.

Frosting ingredients combined until smooth in mixing bowl.

Step 5. While the cake bakes, make the frosting. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the frosting ingredients until smooth with a mixer. The texture should be creamy and easy to spread.

Brownies topped with frosting cooling.

Step 6. Let the brownies cool for 15-20 minutes. Then spread the frosting on top of the brownies with a spatula.

Brownies being cut and served.

Step 7. Finish cooling and allow to set and cool completely. Finally, cut and serve the brownies.

How to serve

Cut into squares and serve. They are really sweet and decadent so we prefer to cut them into smaller size squares. This is perfect for parties and more.

Expert Tips

  • No baking soda needed. The eggs act as a rising agent and will make it fluffy and delicious.
  • Line the baking dish with foil and spray. This will allow you to easily lift the entire sheet of brownies out of the pan. Just line with foil and spray with cooking spray. It will easily lift out once baked and you can cut into squares.
  • Frosting is too thick. If the frosting is too thick add a tablespoon of milk and combine. Continue to do this gradually until it is the desired consistency.
  • Cool before frosting. The brownies need to cool for about 15 minutes before adding the frosting. They don’t have to be completely cool but they shouldn’t be hot out of the oven.
  • 9×13 baking pan. This is the perfect size for this recipe and the brownies result in the perfect texture and size.
  • Softened butter. The butter should be softened at room temperature for the frosting. It will cream together better and make it smoother and creamier.
Brownies on a platter.


Store inside an airtight container at room temperature. They will last up to 4 to 5 days.

They can be refrigerated to prolong their shelf life up to 7 days. Allow to come to room temperature before eating for best taste.

How to freeze

Brownies can be frozen up to 3 months. Make sure they are completely cool before freezing. We recommend separating the layers with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking. See Can you freeze brownies? for more tips.

When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator and serve as normal.

Frequently Asked questions

Can I use store-bought frosting in place of the homemade one?

Yes, store bought frosting can be used in this recipe. This is an easy way to save time and still enjoy tasty brownies.

If you want to keep it similar to this recipe, use chocolate frosting. However, feel free to change the flavor and use any type of frosting you like.

Can I add chopped nuts or chocolate chips?

This recipe is even tastier with add ins such as chocolate chips or nuts. Either of these options can be added to the mixture prior to baking.

You can also top the brownies with nuts if you prefer. We recommend chopped pecans or chopped walnuts.

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Lunch Lady Brownies

4.56 from 9 votes
Lunch Lady Brownies are easy to make and so moist while being packed with chocolate. These homemade brownies are topped with decadent chocolate frosting for an irresistible treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Let Cool 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 533


For the Brownies:

For the Frosting:

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For the Brownies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9X13 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter and unsweetened cocoa powder.  Then stir in the flour and sugar.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix until just combined but do not over mix.
  • Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.

For the Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together all the frosting ingredients until smooth.
  • Let the brownies cool for 15-20 minutes.  Spread the frosting on top of the brownies.
  • Let the brownies cool completely. Cut, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover brownies in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 533kcal, Carbohydrates 83g, Protein 6g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 107mg, Sodium 179mg, Potassium 148mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 63g, Vitamin A 687IU, Calcium 37mg, Iron 2mg

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