Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies


Much like its author, this recipe is a no-fuss classic. It calls for just 1/4 cup of flour, which yields an incredibly rich and gooey brownie, and it’s super easy to make. So easy, in fact, that baking a batch of these might just become part of your weekend routine.


  • ½ cup cocoa.
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick).
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • ¼ cup flour.
  • 1 cup chopped or broken-up walnuts or pecans.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, nuts and salt. Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour into a greased 8 x 8-inch-square pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake; the brownies should be gooey. Let cool, then cut into bars.




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