Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

A long time ago, I read an article in a magazine about one of my heroines, Katharine Hepburn.  Who didn’t admire her patrician good looks, her outspokenness, and her practical and adventurous spirit?  The article ran with a series of great pictures of Ms. Hepburn through the years, culminating in a few great shots of her—well into her eighties—striding on the beach with her signature turtleneck sweater, a pair of jeans and sneakers.  She looked old and beautiful—a combination that I am appreciating more and more.  And the biggest bonus of all was the inclusion of her recipe for her favorite brownies—the brownies that she said all of the Hepburns loved and that she herself made often.  Well who wouldn’t give those a try?  And I did and they were good and I have made them ever since.  If you didn’t see that article and clip that recipe too…here it is for you.

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

1 stick butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1-cup sugar
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt.
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.

In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter and the chocolate.  Remove from the heat and stir to combine.  Add the sugar, the eggs and the vanilla and stir vigorously until well combined.  Stir in the flour and the salt and the nuts (if using).  Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cool and cut into squares.

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