Lunch Woman Brownies – Barefeet within the Kitchen

Thick, chewy, fudgy brownies with beneficiant chocolate icing are attractive sufficient to have me consuming these Lunch Woman Brownies for dinner. 

This submit was initially revealed eight years in the past. I remade these brownies earlier this 12 months whereas enthusiastic about my pal Joan. I reshot them on the time, figuring out that I needed to share this submit once more on the eighth anniversary of her passing.

chocolate frosted brownies stacked on white plate with red and white napkin
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Chocolate for Joan

My chocolate-loving pal Joan would most positively approve of the brownies for dinner plan! This Lunch Lady Brownie recipe is considered one of hers that has grow to be a household favourite for us as nicely.

Joan handed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2015. Whereas crying and grieving the following day, I made a decision to bake in reminiscence of her. I spent that weekend making a lot of her favorites after which shared the sweets with mates.

Joan was captivated with her desserts and I think about that she would have gotten a kick out of being remembered with an abundance of chocolate.

dark chocolate brownies on parchment lined tray
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Lunch Woman Brownies

You’ll want the next elements to make the brownies:

  • butter
  • cocoa
  • gentle brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
Lunch Lady Brownies BFK 2 1 of 1
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Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

You’ll want the next elements to make the frosting:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • cocoa
  • salt
  • milk
scoops of frosting on top of warm brownies
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Lunch Woman Brownies Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan or line with parchment paper. In a big mixing bowl, whisk collectively the butter, cocoa, brown sugar, and white sugar.

Add the eggs and the vanilla. Whisk once more till clean. Add the flour and stir till mixed.

Pour into the ready pan and use a spatula to unfold the thick batter to the corners. Bake for 22-24 minutes, till a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

spreading frosting on brownies
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Brownie Frosting Recipe

Whereas the brownies are baking, make the frosting. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt.

Beat with an electrical mixer for 1-2 minutes, till mixed. The combination shall be largely dry crumbs. Add the milk and beat once more for 1-2 minutes, till clean and creamy.

Take away the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for just some minutes. Gently unfold the frosting over the brownies whereas they’re nonetheless fairly heat. Let cool earlier than slicing.

close up photos of brownie with thick chocolate frosting
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To know Joan was to like her and chortle together with her, she impacted numerous lives each single day. In her reminiscence, chocolate recipes have been shared around the internet.

My mates, encompass your self with individuals who deliver you pleasure. Hug them tight. And eat some chocolate right now too, #chocolateforjoan.

chocolate frosted brownie on parchment with spatula
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Servings: 18 servings

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Brownie Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan or line with parchment paper. In a big mixing bowl, whisk collectively the butter, cocoa, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla. Whisk once more till clean. Add the flour and stir till mixed.

  • Pour into the ready pan and use a spatula to unfold the thick batter to the corners. Bake for 22-24 minutes, till a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

Frosting Directions

  • Whereas the brownies are baking, make the frosting. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt. Beat with an electrical mixer for 1-2 minutes, till mixed. The combination shall be largely dry crumbs. Add the milk and beat once more for 1-2 minutes, till clean and creamy.

  • Take away the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for just some minutes. Gently unfold the frosting over the brownies whereas they’re nonetheless fairly heat. Let cool earlier than slicing.

Frost the brownies whereas they’re nonetheless heat. The frosting will soften down a bit into the brownies creating an irresistible crust.

Energy: 357kcal · Carbohydrates: 56g · Protein: 4g · Fats: 15g · Saturated Fats: 9g · Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g · Monounsaturated Fats: 4g · Trans Fats: 1g · Ldl cholesterol: 71mg · Sodium: 154mg · Potassium: 111mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 43g · Vitamin A: 453IU · Calcium: 32mg · Iron: 1mg

recipe tailored from and with loving because of Chocolate, Chocolate and More

initially revealed 10/28/15 – recipe notes up to date 10/22/23

Leave the world a better place #chocolateforjoan
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It hurts, mates. It hurts a lot. Shedding a pal is rarely straightforward. It shouldn’t be. Pals impression our lives in numerous methods, and actually nice mates take a chunk of our coronary heart with them when they’re gone.

I’m a greater individual for having identified Joan Hayes. She was an exquisite pal and she or he won’t be forgotten.

Remembering Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More #chocolateforjoan

There are such a lot of reminiscences. The time Joan ordered ALL THE FOODS on the Snooze menu as a result of she couldn’t slender it down and needed to at the least style all the pieces. The instances she refused to eat a subpar dessert as a result of it wasn’t definitely worth the energy.

The numerous instances she laughed and mentioned that fruit isn’t dessert, chocolate is the one actual dessert. Laughing as she confidently requested a chef if he was certain there wasn’t one thing fabulous hiding within the kitchen that wasn’t on the menu after which watching in amazement on the tray of chocolate desserts that have been magically offered.

The night time she mentioned, “We should always simply keep up all night time, we’re midway there already.” Seven hours later, with blurry eyes and an aching aspect from hours and hours of laughter, we dropped her off on the airport.

Joan was a grasp at making each second of life the perfect it may presumably be.

Remembering Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More #chocolateforjoan
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We walked up and down the seaside in St. Thomas, speaking about our youngsters, and goals for the following few years, and the loopy world of running a blog. Joan referred to as this previous 12 months her “12 months of journey.”

She met on-line mates in individual and made numerous new mates and reminiscences. I’m comfortable that so many people have been capable of hug the neck of our candy pal and get to know her in individual this 12 months, in addition to on-line.

The final time I noticed her was in Georgia whereas I used to be visiting my household there. She drove as much as Augusta, over 3 hours every manner, simply in order that we may spend a number of hours collectively. Not as a result of “I” was vital, however as a result of relationships have been vital to her.

Joan beloved spending time with family and friends and she or he lived her life to the fullest. She was one of many least pretentious, friendliest, and completely actual folks I’ve ever identified.

Wandering round Augusta, GA collectively, we browsed vintage shops on the lookout for previous silverware. Later we discovered a bakery to attempt.

She candy talked the employees into pulling truffles out of the chilly case so she may {photograph} them by the window and bear in mind them to re-create the recipes at residence.

Ordering a slice of each single dessert in that bakery, so she may style every one. Laughing as we packed and took residence two buying baggage stuffed with the remaining desserts to share with my household.

Remembering Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More #chocolateforjoan

Joan was an indescribably beneficiant individual. She achieved nice success professionally and she or he shared her data, her phenomenal social media reach, her weblog’s visitors, each facet of her success was shared with others.

She believed with each little bit of her coronary heart that running a blog ought to be a part of a group and by no means a contest. She helped everybody she met and made everybody’s life higher simply by figuring out her.

Joan was essentially the most ready for demise individual I’ve ever identified. She needed to know that her kids could be taken care of it doesn’t matter what. She advised everybody to “put it in writing” and “make certain everybody is aware of your intentions.”

It breaks my coronary heart that her message to BE PREPARED turned out to be such sensible recommendation as a substitute of the hypothetical knowledge I might a lot slightly it have been.

Her household was her world and she or he beloved her youngsters a lot that I ache for them proper now. Joan’s love of life, household, and chocolate was evident by way of her weblog, Chocolate, Chocolate, and More.

She created a chocolate-filled legacy for her household they usually plan to hold out her goals and plans. Her dream was that her weblog would assist help her household over the approaching years.

Sweets and treats from Chocolate, Chocolate and More #chocolateforjoan

Joan died of a large coronary heart assault in the course of the night time. She was solely 49 years previous. She talked about a abdomen ache earlier than going to sleep, not recognizing this is likely one of the indicators of a potential impending occasion. (Many ladies assume they’re getting the flu previous to a coronary heart assault.)

Please learn by way of these Heart Attack Symptoms and all the time get checked out if you happen to expertise any of those and share them along with your family and friends.

Most significantly, go now and hug somebody particular to you, youngsters, partner, pal, anybody. It doesn’t matter what, simply do it.

Wake them up, choose them up, get their consideration, and inform them you like them. I’m heartsick for the lack of my pal and reminded as soon as once more that life is brief.

“Dare to dwell the life you’ve dreamed for your self. Go ahead and make your goals come true.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A full record of weblog posts devoted to Joan will be discovered here

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