Lunchroom ladies brownies

“Lunchroom ladies brownies” refer to the classic brownies often served in school cafeterias across the United States. These brownies are typically rich, moist, and fudgy, with a simple chocolate flavor that’s universally loved. While recipes may vary slightly, here’s a basic recipe that captures the essence of lunchroom ladies brownies:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: chopped nuts or chocolate chips for extra texture (about 1/2 to 1 cup)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl or saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the granulated sugar until well combined.
  3. Allow the butter and sugar mixture to cool slightly, then beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. If desired, fold in chopped nuts or chocolate chips for extra flavor and texture.
  7. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  9. Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely in the baking dish before slicing and serving.

These lunchroom ladies brownies are perfect for satisfying your chocolate cravings and are sure to evoke nostalgic memories of school cafeteria lunches. Enjoy them as a delicious treat any time of day!

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