Sunday, February 13, 2011

Low Sodium Brownies?

yeah, well, they're only low sodium because I forgot to add the salt. I also forgot the vanilla. What can I say, it's just my style!  Non-focused. Thinking about too many things all at once. And baking is so not my thing! But my good friend, Renee, she said to look at it this way, I didn't forget to add the cocoa! Good point. It's a very chocolatey recipe. And to my taste, it didn't matter, they were dark, rich, chewy! I never noticed the missing salt or vanilla. The kids definitely didn't.

The recipe stressed NOT to overbake, but I knew I would because, one, I just tend to do that, and two,  because I like chewy, not gooey! So I overbaked a little. Just enough. The edges were the best! These are Katharine Hepburn's brownies. I'm sure there is a story or something to them, it's her family recipe. I got the recipe from Renee, who I am pretty sure is no relation to Katharine Hepburn, and she didn't tell me a story, but it's really a great recipe, so we'll just keep passing her recipe around! If you like gooey, then follow the rules. If you like chewy, then watch TV while the buzzers go off!

My picky one said she liked but didn't love them, and still managed to grab a second one! She laughed when I pointed that out. But I do know she prefers a less chocolatey brownie, more along the lines of the mixes. The big kid and his friend loved them. I'm making another batch right after I hit the publish button!

Our review? A KEEPER!
and by the way, they are even better from the freezer!

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies
Source: Renee Ascher
Printable Recipe

1/2 cup cocoa (I used Dutch Processed 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 8x8 square pan. Bake 40 minutes. ''Don't overbake!'' They should be gooey. Let cool (an essential step) and cut into bars.

*my note: I baked for a little longer, they were chewy, not gooey. I like them that way! If you like them gooey, then follow the directions and bake them for about 40 minutes or even less.


Joining Mary's Mosaic Monday. For more mosaic's stop by the Little Red House!

Sweet as Sugar Cookies is having a Sweet Treats Party!

and there's another fun party going on, it's the I ♥ My Favorite Kitchen Gadget Party!
 Stop by Happier than a Pig in Mud to join the party!

I love to party and my favorite gadget does come in handy, and it is good for a laugh. And it does serve a purpose.
His name is Boris Boogerboy and he joined me in the kitchen when I made candy buttons. You can read about it here.

ok, so it's gross. 
But you definitely smiled! 
Didn't you?


  1. hmm.. I wish all brownies were low sodium, that would be a dream comes true.

    The brownies you made look adorable Carol. Hope you'll have a wonderful Valentines day with your loved ones.

  2. LOL! No salt and no vanilla and they were still good? That must be a wonderful recipe! As long as there is chocolate and nuts, I don't think I'd miss them either ;)

  3. I had tried Katherine Hebpurn recipe years ago and loved it. These are great, classic brownies.

  4. They sound yummy - and I'd make them without the salt anyway.

  5. Hi! Oh we are baking soul sisters, this so could be me!! I am always forgetting things or putting in the wrong amounts, etc. My new years goal is to read recipes better.

    These still look delicious. Love that it's Katherine Hepburn's recipe.

  6. They look so good! Yum! I wonder if you will have any left to freeze when everyone smells them baking? :)

  7. Almost like my recipe but mine is make with unsweetened chocolate squares. Haven't make brownies in quite a while.

  8. Good looking brownies. Give that container man a tissue please. LOL

  9. YUMMY! I love brownies and almost anything chocolate. Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Those gooey brownies look so good...Boris totally cracked me up! Happy Valentines Day!

  11. ROFL at Boris! And omigosh, you're killing me with those brownies... they look SOOOOOO delish!

  12. My mouth is watering for these! I LOVE brownies, especially when they are fudgy like these! you have the BEST looking mosaic! lol ♥♥♥

  13. I think Boris was in front of me at the register at the Walmart today-LOL. Your brownies look fantastic Carol, I will copy the recipe and make them soon! I was distracted in the kitchen today too, my Valentine's cupcakes have HOT PINK icing... gotta remember a little goes a long way with the gel colors!
    Thanks for joining the party-Happy Valentine's Day-enjoy:@)

  14. Are they also 0 calories? This is not an easy recipe to ignore!!! I'm trying to lose weight...Woe is me!! Have a grand week! Cathy

  15. Your brownies look yummy. Your favourite kitchen gadget.....well, I did smile. :-)

  16. Those brownies look awesome... however, Boris trumps the brownies... hysterical..

  17. LOL! I remember Boris! What a face! :D

    The brownies look rich and dense and GOOD!

  18. Ohhhh yummmm! I'm with you. I way prefer my brownies a little over cooked and chewie. SOOO yummie. BUT I'll have to wait to test it out as I just started the Flat Belly (with MUFA foods) Diet to lose a few pounds in a healthy and delish way. I don't think brownies would work for it though - I'd never be able to stop with one either. :) And very intriguing Kitchen Gadget - my grandchildren would highly approve! Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

  19. Okay, Carol, I HAD to click on your older post to see what Boris was doing, and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to separate eggs again without thinking of him! :) I'll try the brownies! Linda

  20. OMGosh...BORIS...:)))
    I am loving the NAME of these brownies..I was always a big fan of hers
    Now, I must make these...they sound delicious.
    Isn't this a fun party.
    xo bj

  21. I think your gadget is going to be one of a kind for this party.

  22. I love that these are low in sodium. From the looks of them, no one would ever guess. They'd be too busy saying yum! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog until tomorrow evening and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your brownies up.

  23. I am going for the brownies instead of the boogers! He is a hoot! Great kitchen gadget that most of us aren't going to have!
    Have a great Valentine's Day.

  24. Looks yummy. Love brownies.

    Thanks for your kind words over the last week. Au is happy but still not eating. We're hopeful he'll turn about though as he's a tough kitty.

  25. Yumm, your brownies looks delish especially with all that nuts, by the way do you thing i can turn them into cupcakes? the same batter? My son's bday is coming up and want to send some cupcakes or something for the kids in class..........

  26. Nammi, no leavening so it would stay flat! but they'd be good frosted like a cupcake, I bet! Happy Birthday to your son!

    Best wishes to Au!

    Thanks for the nice comments, I appreciate them! By the way, if the brownies are gooey, they taste just as good with a spoon :)

  27. I actually like a somewhat gooey brownie! Guess I should try this recipe. Sneaking one while on my diet would be okay, wouldn't it? LOL
    Ewww... Boris snot! LOL

  28. It sounds as if we have the same baking style, I forget ingredients too sometimes but so far I've avoided any great catastrophes.
    Thanks for stopping by in Normandy, I know it isn't easy with the time difference across the pond.

  29. Those look yummy...anything with chocolate and nuts can't miss!

  30. whatever makes us smile in the kitchen. lol

  31. I have seen Boris in many General Stores in Maine.....

    Those brownies are delicious. I have made them.

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  32. Love the brownies. You can tell by the pictures that they are rich and chocolatey and moist. Yum.

  33. Boris is gross but funny. The brownies look perfect.

  34. They look delicious despite your protestations. Do you suppose she really cooked after the age of 12 or so? I just can't picture her in an apron. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  35. The brownies look delicious. Somehow I knew you would show booger boy for your gadget! :)

  36. Low Sodium and Boogerboy...LMAO

  37. I love this recipe! I would bake them a little less though because I like them ooey and gooey. My mom would deem yours perfect though. :)

    Off to look at booger boy now! That's a scream!

  38. OMG I know you posted about the brownies but boogerboy! ROFLMAO !! THAT is funny. I had never heard.
    But seriously the brownies look very tasty!

  39. What a fun kitchen gadget! I've never seen anything like it!


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