December 3, 2015


 1. Never quit. 
2. Be yourself.
 3. Don't put too much flour in your brownies.

She was a living legend...such a strong example of an independent woman and seemed to live life on her own terms. What's not to admire? I have always adored her. Although not particularly thought of as a "great" actress, due to her sometimes shrill voice, she certainly was legendary in old Hollywood. 

In July, 2003, Heather Henderson of St. Paul Minnesota, wrote the editor of the New York Times, telling the story of her own relationship with the famous actress. It turns out, Heather was struggling with her college years at Bryn Mawr, which happened to be Miss Hepburn’s Alma Mater. She tells of the pep talk she received when Heather and her father were invited to tea at Miss Hepburn’s town house on East 49th Street. The entire article can be read here. She also tells the "brownie" story, and provides Miss Hepburns' recipe!
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Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies
Melt together 1 stick butter and
 2 squares  unsweetened chocolate 
1/2 cup cocoa, 
and remove the saucepan from the heat.
Stir in 1 cup sugar, add 2 eggs and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 
and beat the mixture well.
Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
Stir in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Bake the brownies in a buttered  8-inch square pan
at 325 degrees F. for about 30- 40 minutes. 


  1. Love the pretty cup. She was a favorite of mine, too. They don't make them like that anymore. Thanks for the recipe. Hugs, Deb

  2. You're so good! Not only do we get wonderful recipes from you but a little history lesson about a beautiful American icon. Love it!

  3. Wouldn't it be great if girls had role models like this now?!

  4. Quite a woman! She suffered a lot of tragedy in her life that could have done her in if she had allowed it. I must read the link when I go. I do love brownies and these sound rich and delicious. Pecans....hmmmm...

  5. I've always admired Katherine Hepburn's spunk! What an independent proud woman she was. I love the old photograph of her, Betsy. Her brownies sound like just the right dessert with a chocolate loving friend. ♥

  6. We love Katherine Hepburn! Last year Louis Dean and I read her autobiography out loud together. My son in law loves brownies and we are going over there tomorrow and preparing dinner for them. I think you just gave me the recipe for a perfect dessert!!

  7. What a fun post! And the brownies look delicious. Thanks for the recipe.:-)

  8. Love this post. Small spelling correction: Katharine with an a! I know this only because that's how my name is spelled.


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