Sunday, May 22, 2016

Katharine Hepburn Brownies


Katharine Hepburn once said, "If you want to give up the admiration of thousands of men for the disdain of one, go ahead, get married." Famous for her wit, beauty, intelligence, strength and four "best actress" Oscars; her feminist persona overshadowed most other attributes. Notorious for wearing trousers, her "masculine" attire was considered scandalous by 1930 standards, making her a trailblazer for women everywhere.

Once, while on a movie set, Ms. Hepburn's pants were stolen out of her dressing room in an apparent attempt to persuade her to wear a skirt. Disturbed by this aggressive act, she showed up to the set in her underwear. Needless to say, they returned her pants. A dancer to the beat of her own drum, I can't help but admire a woman with such Chutzpah.

Hepburn's brownies have as much pluck as their creator. These brownies don't require numerous ingredients or top shelf products like single-source chocolate or European butter, this is a "no fuss, no muss" recipe. Popular with those who prefer their brownies fudge-like, these decadent treats are a chocolate lovers dream come true. Go ahead and indulge, after all Hepburn said it best, "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."



Title: Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Author: Katharine Hepburn via NYTimes

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 45 mins

Serves: 12

Notes: You can substitute cocoa with 2.5oz of melted semi-sweet chocolate (then cooled to room temperature). If you like to add coffee flavor to your chocolate like I do, feel free to add 1 tsp of instant coffee mixed with 1 Tbsp of hot water - add with vanilla.


½ cup of cocoa

½ cup of butter (1 stick)

2 eggs

1 cup of sugar

¼ cup of flour

1 cup of chopped walnut pieces

1 tsp of vanilla

pinch of salt


Heat oven to 325 F.

Melt butter in saucepan with cocoa and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla (and coffee if using).

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour nuts and salt. Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir until just combined.

Pour into a greased 8x8-inch square pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Do not over bake; the brownies should be gooey. Allow to cool, then cut into bars.



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