Katherine Hepburn’s Brownies

(borrowed from PBS History Kitchen)

Photo courtesy of skeeze, Pixabay

½ cup cocoa or 2 squares (2 oz.) unsweetened baker’s chocolate

1 stick unsalted butter

1 c. sugar

2 eggs

¼ c. flour

1 t. vanilla

¼ t. (or more) chile pepper flakes

Pinch of salt

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans

Melt butter with the cocoa or chocolate together in a heavy saucepan over medium low, whisking constantly till blended. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and walnuts. Mix well. Pour into a well buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely and cut into squares. The fudgy goodness is hard to slice so use a sharp knife and spatula.