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Breakup Brownies?

It's hard to find someone who loves chocolate more than me so when Inside Edition did a story about how one woman's brownie recipe lead to the end of her marriage -- well, I had to have the recipe!

Legend has it that this recipe originated with the legendary Katharine Hepburn!

Happy eating !!


Sydne Newberry's Spin On Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

* This recipe is based on Katharine Hepburn's original, with modifications made by Newberry.

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 1 stick butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup broken up walnut or pecan pieces (for better flavor, toast the nuts at 350 F for about 5 minutes)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.

  2. Grease an 8-inch-square pan. (Line it with aluminum foil, overhanging on all sides.)

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan with cocoa and stir until smooth.

  4. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

  5. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.

  6. Stir in vanilla.

  7. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, nuts and salt.

  8. Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir until just combined.

  9. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30-40 minutes. (Do not overbake: Center should still be a little gooey.)

  10. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. If foil lining is used, lift from pan and cut into 16 squares on a cutting board.

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