Katharine Hepburn's Brownies


Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

As the story goes, Katharine Hepburn's favorite recipe for brownies has gained popularity ever since it was published in a gossip column. Katharine Hepburn's Brownies are named after the famous actress, and are some of the best brownies from scratch you will ever make. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a pan of these homemade brownies that are gooey, rich and packed full of chocolatey flavor. It's no wonder these were her ultimate favorite!


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Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a saucepan, melt together butter and chocolate. Take the saucepan off the heat.
  2. Stir in sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in flour, salt and walnuts.
  3. Transfer the brownie batter to a buttered and floured 8-inch square pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


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Is this really the recipe Katherine Hepburn would have used? I love that it is really easy to make and takes a minimal amount of items to make. I plan to make them soon. I want to share them with my mom and see what she thinks about them compared to her brownie recipe.

This is Katharine Hepburn's Brownies are probably Kate's original . It looks moist and and very inviting. I love it.

What a deliciously easy way to make brownies from scratch. I like that it makes a small pan for a small family. These will be wonderful, warm out of the oven, with vanilla ice cream. I love brownies way more than chocolate cake. I'm sure I've never made brownies from scratch.

When I was looking at this recipe, my wife commented that it was reminiscent of Lady Bird Johnson's brownie recipe. A Google search turned it up, and while similar, there are some differences in the ratios of the ingredients, plus pecans are used instead of walnuts. I think I might substitute chopped almonds in place of the walnuts, but that's just because I love chocolate and almonds. We haven't tried either version, and we're curious to do so and compare them.


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