Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Growing up, we lived near my grandparents, right outside New York City.  My grandfather worked in TV in the city.  Nothing glamorous – electrical stuff that made sure the shows got on the air.  He would regularly meet famous people, most of who he was singularly unimpressed with.

But one of the people he met was Katharine Hepburn, and from what he told us, he was fairly impressed with her.  They must have gotten along fairly well, because she gave him her “famous” brownie recipe.

Now, honestly, this is all family mythology at this point, but I’ve tried the recipe and, frankly, it’s worthy of being famous – the brownies are pretty damn good, plus for good measure they’re really easy to make.  You don’t even need a bowl!


·        ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature

·        2 oz unsweetened chocolate

·        1 cup sugar

·        2 eggs

·        1 t vanilla

·        ¼ cup flour

·        ¼ t salt

·        1 cup chopped walnuts


Butter and flour an 8 or 9” pan and set that aside.  Or, line the pan with aluminum foil, which will make it easy to lift the whole thing out when they’re done.

Put the butter and chocolate in a medium sauce pan and melt over a very low heat, stirring regularly.


Take the pan off the heat and add in the sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk that until everything is well blended.

In progress – not fully blended yet!

Next, add in the flour and salt and whisk again until you’ve got a smooth batter.

Finally, stir in the walnuts, and that’s it except for the baking!


Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, with a few crumbs sticking to it.


Move the pan to a wire rack and cool completely in the pan.  These are pretty fudgy, so cut into smaller squares and enjoy!


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