The actress Katharine Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She received four Best Actress Academy Awards and numerous other accolades. Hepburn was a glamorous star who many idolized, not just for her acting ability but also for her personality. In her time, she was considered outspoken, assertive, unconventional, and a role model for women in the 20th century and beyond.

She also enjoyed baking, and one of her favorite things to make were brownies. Courtesy of The New York Times, here is her famous "no-fuss"recipe that yields a rich and gooey brownie. Scale up for size.


½ cup of cocoa
½ cup of butter (1 stick)
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
¼ cup of flour
1 cup of chopped walnut pieces
1 tsp of vanilla
pinch of salt


Heat oven to 325 F.

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 (and coffee if using).

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour nuts and salt. Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir until just combined.

Pour into a greased 8x8-inch square pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Do not over bake; the brownies should be gooey. Allow to cool, then cut into bars.