The one thing I liked in the school cafeteria – Blonde Brownies

As our kids start the school year and as they have asked me questions about my school experiences (“Daddy, tell me a story about when you were a little boy.” – I just love that.), I have thought back about “the old days.”  Some of you might say the really old days.  The school cafeteria may still not be anything to write home about, and improved nutrition is not coming as quickly as the First Lady or I would like, but things have improved.  (I am just a wee bit less picky too – Just ask my Mom and Dad.)  As Karen would point out, now I am just rambling.

The one thing I remember not just liking, but loving in the James Love Elementary School cafeteria was Blonde Brownies.  Thinking about them led to some recipe hunting, and I even found the old James Love recipe in my Mom’s cookbook.  Not having any shortening in the house, however, I opted to keep hunting.  We tried the following variation of a Blonde Brownie recipe from Southern Living, and it was great.


  • 16 ounces brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 TSP baking powder
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract


  1. Heat butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture is mooth.
  2. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add this dry mixture to the sugar mixture, and stir thoroughly.
  6. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. Pour this final mixture into a greased and floured 13″ x 9″ pan.
  8. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes.
  9. Serve with some delicious Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.

3 Responses to “The one thing I liked in the school cafeteria – Blonde Brownies”

  1. How many eggs?

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