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Brownie is a flat, baked square or bar. Its texture is somewhat between cake and cookie: can be fudgy, cakey, or hard.


Brownie came from a chef at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel during the late 19th century. It all started when Bertha Palmer wanted to requested a special dessert for ladies attending the Chicago 1893 World Fair. What she wanted was a dessert that is smaller than a piece of cake, though still retaining cake-like characteristics and easily eaten from boxed lunches. Eventually the first brownie was made, specially topped with walnuts and an apricot glaze. It was an instant hit at that time and this same recipe still remained and served today at “The Palmer House Hilton” in Chicago. [1]


During the first half of 20th century, brownies became extremely popular in both the U.S. and Canada. Today they are commonly served with desserts like ice-cream, whipped cream, and fruits. Brownies come in a variety of forms and recipes too. One of the most popular brownies is called Blondie, which is made with brown sugar and no chocolate. [2]



chocolate, butter, and sugar, as well as cake flour and eggs


Optional: nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate chips

Brownie with Dried Sour Cherries and Chopped Nuts

Photo by saaleha / CC BY


Stew Leonard's

Chocolate Brownie Bucket

Half Gallon Tin Gourmet Gift from Stew Leonard's Gifts 

Genesis of Cookies, 16"x20"

Poster that illustrates the origin of cookies with place & time of invention

Cookie Phone Case, black

(iphone 4-7, Samsung Galaxy S4-S7)

Fill your phone with cookies and discover their origin of place and time!

Alchemy of Tea, 16"x20"

Poster that illustrates the beauty of Tea Making

Evolution of Ice Cream, 16"x20"

Ice Cream first appeared in history around 5000 years ago, and how does it evolved over time until today?

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