Tuesday, July 7, 2009

TWD: Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies (& Snickery Squares)


This week, we have a guest host at Tuesday's with Dorie, Lisa of Surviving Oz. Lisa was the winner of the recent TWD logo contest. You can see her creation, above.

Congrats, Lisa!

As her prize for winning, she got to pick this week's recipe. Lisa must be a girl after my own heart because she picked Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies.


Apparently Katharine Hepburn once gave a young lady several pieces of advice, one of which was to never add too much flour to her brownies. In the never-ending debate between which are better, fudgey or cakey brownies, I think it's safe to say that Katherine liked her brownies fudgey.

These brownies were definitely fudgey. They were dense and moist and didn't rise to speak of.

I thought they were pretty good. I tend to be on the cakey end of the brownie debate, though, so I was happy to share them with family. My kids apparently don't care and they were happy to chow down. (P.S. I left out the cinnamon and only added a pinch of instant coffee.)

I also recently made Snickery Squares, which were chosen by Erin at Dinner and Dessert before I joined.


These yummy bar cookies had a shortbread type cookie base, a layer of dulce de leche, and a chocolate topping. Caramelized salted peanuts were mixed in with the dulce de leche and sprinkled on top.

These were a hit at our 4th of July get-together this weekend. If I made them again, I think I would try milk chocolate for the topping, since the bittersweet made the chocolate layer a tad overpowering.


Mmmm, don't they look delish?

OK, that's all for now, folks! If you'd like to see the recipes, please get yourself a copy of Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, From my Home to Yours", or check out Lisa's site for the brownies and Erin's site for the Snickery Squares.

26 comments:

Erin said...

Everything looks fabulous! I'm glad you liked the Snickery Squares!

Megan said...

I am dying to make the Snickery Squares, so thanks for the warning about the bittersweet topping. It might have ruined it for my husband.

Clivia said...

Ooo. I've never made those squares either. They look great. Well done!

isabelle said...

These look perfect! They are so delicious!
I am going to make the Snickery Squares, so thanks for sharring.

Teanna said...

Both of your bars look fantastic! I haven't made the snickery squares yet, but I am dying to!

Leslie said...

Your brownies look great, but those Snickery Squares, be still my heart! The group made those before I joined and I've been wanting to go back and make them.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The brownies look good, but the squares look even better :D Must try them soon!

Beryl said...

I'm a fudgy fan myself so these brownies knocked my socks off! Yours look great, and so do the squares.

Amy said...

Yummy! Your brownies and Snickery Squares look great!! I think I've learned that I'm also a "cakey" kind of person when it comes to brownies. These were excellent, but almost a little too fudgey for me. I loved them though!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

chocolatechic said...

Your right...they didn't rise, but wow! so packed with flavor.

Chris said...

I still haven't made the snickery squares - but I remember the raves! Both bars look great - I like fudgey brownies more than cakey so these were perfect for me.

Natashya said...

Those snickery squares are calling to me. I love salt and caramel and chocolate..

Jennywenny said...

Nom nom. I've been wanting to make those snickery squares since I bought the book, but I will totally eat the entire batch in a sitting, so I've avoided it so far!!

Cathy said...

Your brownies look perfect, and I've been dying to make the snickery squares. I think you've inspired me to make them this weekend!

pinkstripes said...

Your brownies look wonderful and I loved the snickery squares. Thanks for the yummy reminder.

Juliana said...

Wow, these brownie look so yummie...my mouth is watering at the pictures...

Tammy said...

I loved the brownie too. Snickery squares were my first ever TWD challenge and I loved them. I must make them again sometime

Pamela said...

I've been wanting to make the Snickery Squares for FOREVER!! Thanks for the tip on the chocolate layer, too. Milk chocolate it is!

Nice job on the brownies. I'm glad that they were enjoyed as well.

jillbert said...

These brownies were definitely for those who like a fudgy brownie. I've been wanting to make the Snickery Squares and your look just fabulous!

Carol Peterman said...

Your brownies look great and I am sure you didn't have trouble finding fudgy brownie fans to take them off your hands. The Snickery Squares look amazing, I missed this recipe as well and now I want to make them very soon!

vibi said...

Okay, the snickery squares were good, yes... but the brownies were even bestest (I thought)!! LOL

Yours look pretty darn nice, anyways!

Snooky doodle said...

oh these look to die for. what an overdose of yumminess :)

margot said...

Ooh, the snickery squares was one of the first recipes I tabbed when I bought baking (I also joined after the group made them), they look amazing and so do your brownies.

Grace said...

here's what i think--those brownies are perfectly dense and those squares are perfectly snickers-like. great bars, jacque!

Xiaolu said...

Both of those look great! I liked these brownies but prefer mine with more chew. How'd you get your squares to look so neat? They were delicious when I made them but definitely not pretty.

Steph said...

I'm on the cakey side too. Both bars look really good.