Baileys Brownies


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
  1. In the microwave, melt together the unsweetened chocolate and butter. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar.
  2. Let the mixture cool slightly, then beat in the eggs, vanilla, and pinch salt.
  3. Slowly add in the flour while continuing to mix without over-beating the batter, which should be thick.
  4. Pour the batter evenly into a sprayed 9×13 pan, and then bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.
  5. 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
  1. Beat together all ingredients, adjusting the Baileys/milk ratio to preference, and then pour evenly over the brownies while they are still warm.
  2. Add sprinkles, let the icing set, and then enjoy!

Just don’t let the kids get ahold of these treats!


Adult brownies have extra sprinkles on them!

About Jenni @ TryHardKitchen

College. Homework. Baking. LoL.
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