It seems that the recipe for the Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies appeared August 1975, when it was featured in The Ladies’ Home Journal. Later on it could be found in the article “A Harried Cook’s Guide to Some Fast Food” by Laurie Colwin, which appeared in the February 1992 issue of Gourmet magazine as well as in Saveur magazine.
Top crust of these one-pot brownies is crispy and cracked, but underneath they are moist and chewy, not cakey at all. I guess the reason is that there is only 1/4 cup flour in the batter which makes them almost flourless.
- 2 squares unsweetened chocolate* (60 g)
- 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons; 110 g)
- 1 cup sugar (200 g)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (30 g)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a saucepan, melt together chocolate and butter.
Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in sugar, vanilla and 2 eggs and. Mix well.
Add flour, salt and walnuts, if using. Stir to combine.
Pour the batter in a buttered and floured 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. Bake at 325 F (175 C) for about 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
* You can substitute unsweetened chocolate with 6 tablespoons (35 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2 Tablespoons (35 grams) unsalted butter or oil.