There is my favorite recipe card in my mother’s recipe box. It has my grandmother’s blurred handwriting on it – and says across the top “Katherine Hepburn’s Brownies”. I really don’t know if this was Hepburn’s actual recipe, but that’s the story that got passed down. Regardless, this might be THE most-used recipe in both Emily’s and my families.
This recipe is actually easier to make than a boxed brownie mix. This recipe was always the go-to for a quick chocolate dessert. This recipe went to so many parties – because of how easy and versatile it is. This recipe taught us all (all 9 cousins) to measure and bake. This recipe taught all 7 of our brothers to impress girls (yes, Emily and I are the only girls of 9 cousins). A boy that can bake can always impress a girl! This recipe was once turned into black tar because Emily and I were talking so much we forgot to add the flour! This recipe continues to be yummier than any other brownie I’ve ever tried.
I just learned that my brother keeps this recipe in his wallet – haha! Nothing like being prepared for anything.What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate. Katherine Hepburn Click To Tweet
When we were growing up, our state fair had (and still has) a baking competition – and every year many of us cousins entered. Over the course of 10+ years, each cousin entered this recipe at least once – because it was a no-fail winner and would win us that $8 prize. Basically, every time this recipe was entered, it won first place. (This state fair gets thousands of entries and only gives a certain number of first place ribbons. Pretty impressive that yearly – with different judges – it always got first.) So, one year both my brother and Emily’s brother decided to enter the same brownie recipe. It was mostly a joke – but mostly to see how well the recipe held up. That year, BOTH boys won first prize.
Anyway, if you are looking for a foolproof, easy, fast, and incredibly delicious homemade chocolate dessert – don’t look past this recipe. If you need more than the regular brownie, make this recipe and add nuts, powdered sugar, candy pieces, Andes mints, frosting – or any other topping. You (and your kids) will keep coming back!
Just a little melting tip from my mom! Always melt your butter and chocolate on the lowest heat – no matter how long it takes! She never would let me melt on a higher heat, even if I stirred it :). Now I know why – because burned chocolate is the worst!
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- shy ½ cup of flour (or ¾ cup if you double)
- dash salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 8x8 pan.
- Melt the chocolate and butter over low heat in a saucepan.
- Remove from heat and add the sugar.
- Beat in the eggs, vanilla, flour and salt.
- Bake at 325 for 40 minutes.
And, as my grandmother always signed her recipes –
ily (i love you)