Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies and Advice

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies and Advice

With 2012 almost here, it’s a good time to share Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe.  It first went public in an ’03 NYT story about how one famous Mawrtyr helped another Mawrtyr make it to the next step.  www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/nyregion/l-straight-talk-from-miss-hepburn-plus-the-actress-s-own-brownie-recipe-400831.html

No time to read now?  Here are Ms. Hepburn’s three rules to live by:

1) Never quit.

2) Be yourself.

3) Don’t put too much flour in your brownies.

Kate returned for a rare visit to Bryn Mawr, when I was a junior,  and gave a very down-to-earth speech about her student days.  She shook our hands and made us sigh.

My very favorite Katharine Hepburn movies are:

Bringing Up Baby www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-EkAb1h2OM

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: www.youtube.com/watch?v=prfHBR7l_KI

Insightful bio:  Kate Remembered  by A. Scott Berg

Lovely video of Kate presenting the Thalberg Award in 1974   www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNQAFm2OYXQ

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies


  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup broken-up walnuts or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in saucepan with cocoa and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add sugar, flour, nuts, vanilla and salt. Pour into a greased 8×8 square pan. Bake 40 minutes. ”Don’t overbake!” They should be gooey. Let cool (an essential step) and cut into bars.


  • Originally published with Straight Talk From Miss Hepburn; Plus the Actress’s Own Brownie Recipe
  • July 6, 2003



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