23 August 2014

Katherine Hepburn's Brownies and a Nice Little Story

Awhile back, I was poking around on the Internet looking for different brownie recipes when I came across one for 'Katherine Hepburn's Brownies'. Hmmm. What would they be like, I asked myself. Following the link, I found it tracked back to a New York Times food column with a basic cocoa and butter based recipe for an 8 x 8 inch pan-sized batch of chocolate bliss. A super moist and densely sweet dark brownie that's made with very little flour.

Just my kind of chocolate treat. Served with a dollop of ice cream, I could be in cocoa heaven ... so I'm making another batch of these brownies for a homecoming picnic that we're having at the house this weekend.

Katherine Hepburn’s Brownies

Makes an 8 x 8 inch  pan


1 stick butter
½ c. cocoa
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
¼ c. flour
1 c. broken up pecans or walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch salt

Making the Brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 ° F. Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter and cocoa together in a small saucepan, stirring together until smooth. Cool a bit on the counter top.
  3. When the coca and butter have cooled a bit, add the eggs, one at a time, stirring well until the mixture is glossy.
  4. Add the sugar, flour, nuts, vanilla, and salt. Stir everything in and pour into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake in the middle of the oven. Don’t over bake – 40 minutes, that’s all.
  6. Lift the paper lining out to a large cutting board. Let the brownies cool completely before trying to cut.
  7. Gently peel back the parchment paper. Use a long sharp knife to cut the squares.
  8. These are gooey and moist … place them on a platter and cover loosely.
About that article with the recipe, though. It included a really sweet link to another article that tells a bit about how the recipe became known to the world ... check it out. It's a nice story.


  1. What a lovely story. Kate has always been a bit of a hero to me. So smart, disciplined, and independent. And we are like minded on brownies. They should be closer to fudge than cake! Will try this recipe.

  2. Love this story and the brownie recipe. Also have admired Ms. Hepburn. Can't wait to make these brownies. Thank you.

  3. Cocoa bliss sounds good. Simple, classy. Just like the woman.

  4. The brownies look great but most importantly I'm so glad I took the time to read that article. It was great and just how you imagine Hepburn to have been. Delightful x

  5. What a lovely story!
    I shall make those brownies, and think of her!

  6. Great story and yummy brownies to boot. I always loved Hepburn.

  7. Everyone has there own recipes and ideas on brownies and I've never met a brownie I haven't liked. Great story. I never thought of her as anything more than a movie star. I learned something new today!

  8. I was planning to bake some brownies this weekend for a gift for a client. This will be the perfect recipe. Loved reading that article. Katherine Hepburn has always been a heroine of mine and I can just imagine her doing that.


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