Brownies are nearly as controversial as “beans in chili” or “dipping fries in milkshakes.” Everybody has an opinion about them. Frosted or not frosted? With chunks of chocolate or without? Chewy or cakey? But, we’ve found a brownie recipe that we’re darn certain everyone will agree on.

Lunch Lady Brownies will evoke memories of childhood school lunches….in a good way. Next to grilled cheese and tomato soup day, our favorite school lunch was anything followed by brownies. They were the best when enjoyed with an ice cold carton of milk. Sometimes the lunch lady was feeling extra generous and we were allowed to get seconds. Thanks to this recipe, not only can we recreate our favorite brownies, but we can eat as many as our little hearts desire.

Brownies are one of those desserts that is incredibly simple to make, but folks like to overcomplicate it by adding fancy ingredients. Trust us when we tell you that simple is better when it comes to brownies. This recipe uses basic pantry staples that everyone should already have on hand. The bakes brownie base is topped with a fudgy, rich frosting that melts onto the top of the piping hot brownies. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Give our recipe for Lunch Lady Brownies a try! If you post a pic to social media, be sure to tag @CountryRebelRecipes and use the hashtag #rebelrecipes.

Lunch Lady Brownies

  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Persons: 10
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • For the brownies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  2. For the brownies:
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with shortening. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, cocoa powder, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Stir in coffee powder and flour, mixing until well combined. (NOTE: The batter will be thick!) Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before frosting.
  6. For the frosting:
  7. In a medium bowl, beat the butter, salt, cocoa powder and powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer until mixture resembles crumbs. Add milk in three additions, beating well after each addition, until frosting is smooth and creamy.
  8. Carefully spread the frosting over the hot brownies. The heat from the brownies will soften the frosting making it easier to spread. Cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

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