helen gurley brownies

     Were you ever fortunate enough to read, or better yet, own a copy of Chocolatier magazine? When I got married in 1984, my friend Teresa gave me a year's subscription as a shower gift. I still have all of the copies from that year. Now that Chocolatier is out of print, the tattered and stained pages are even more special.
     One fave is Helen Gurley Brown's recipe for brownies. You remember Helen, don't you? In 1962, at the age of 40, she authored the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl.  In 1965, she became editor-in-chief for Cosmopolitan magazine, a career lasting 32 years. Some refer to her as the original Carrie Bradshaw.
     Ideology notwithstanding, her brownie recipe is the bomb! They're second only to the Star Brownies from Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah. But, I don't have the recipe for those. (Hint, hint.) In the meantime, here's Helen's recipe:
4- 1 ounce squares unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces
1 stick unsalted butter
2 c. sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. sifted, all purpose flour
1 c. chopped walnuts (or pecans)
Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking dish.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter over hot water. Whisk until smooth and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs and salt. Beat until light and smooth. Stir the cooled chocolate mixture into the sugar and eggs. Add vanilla and beat until well blended. Add flour just until mixed and smooth again. Gently fold in nuts.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.
Try not to eat the entire pan before anyone comes home.


  1. Love this. You make me laugh. LOL Like that! :)

  2. I read Choclatier Magazine in 1984 when my sales and marketing department at Harper & Row Publishers subscribed. I spotted Helen Gurley Brownies, and have been baking them ever since. I somehow misplaced the recipe and they were not turning out like they should have been, so I Googled, and here I am. I, too,married in 1984, a time when life moved a lot slower. I never could have guessed I would go looking for that recipe thirty years later on something called the internet.