While I’m calling these brownies “Baileys Brownies” for the sake of having an informative title, there’s a real title to the recipe and a story of how my adaptation turned out to have Baileys in it.
I used a recipe for “Lunch Lady Brownies” as my base. Apparently the recipe originally came from a lunch lady at some elementary school and it got famous somehow. I don’t recall ever eating any cafeteria food for which I’d want to know the recipe, so I remain a tad dubious of the story… but they looked good enough to try regardless! As I was browsing my fridge for ingredients, I glanced our bottle of Baileys, and thought to myself, “yeah, more like DRUNK lunch lady brownies”… and then that actually didn’t sound like a bad idea. Well, a lunch lady found pouring Baileys into the kids’ desserts might get fired, but it seemed like a good idea for our board game night anyhow!
What do you think — is “Drunk Lunch Lady Brownies” a catchier title?
Baileys Brownies aka Drunk Lunch Lady Brownies
Brownies (9 x 13 pan)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 oz unsweetened chocolate (can use 1/2 cup total cocoa powder instead)
- 2 cups AP flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- In the microwave, melt together the unsweetened chocolate and butter. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar.
- Let the mixture cool slightly, then beat in the eggs, vanilla, and pinch salt.
- Slowly add in the flour while continuing to mix without over-beating the batter, which should be thick.
- Pour the batter evenly into a sprayed 9×13 pan, and then bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.
- Prepare the icing below while brownies cool slightly, but pour the icing on while brownies are still warm.
- 1/4 cup (half one stick) unsalted butter
- 5 Tbsp total milk and Baileys (I did a little over half with Baileys, but you can adjust ratio to your preference to make more or less alcoholic)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 cups powdered sugar, plus more for adjusting thickness
- Beat together all ingredients, adjusting the Baileys/milk ratio to preference, and then pour evenly over the brownies while they are still warm.
- Add sprinkles, let the icing set, and then enjoy!
Just don’t let the kids get ahold of these treats!