Lunchroom Ladies Brownies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  1. Melt Butter and Cocoa:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
  1. Add Sugar and Eggs:
  • Add granulated sugar to the cocoa-butter mixture and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  1. Mix in Vanilla:
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  1. Incorporate Flour and Salt:
  • Gently fold in the flour and salt until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  1. Add Nuts (Optional):
  • If desired, fold in chopped nuts.
  1. Spread in Baking Pan:
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly.
  1. Bake in the Oven:
  • Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (not wet batter).
  1. Cool and Cut:
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, cut into squares.
  1. Optional Dusting:
    • Dust the top with powdered sugar if desired.
  2. Enjoy:
    • Enjoy these classic Lunchroom Ladies Brownies with their fudgy texture and rich chocolate flavor. Perfect for a nostalgic treat!

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