You’ve probably been eating Brownies all your life. These chewy, chocolate-y confections are a classic American dessert staple. But you may not know they originated at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago.
It was Bertha Palmer, wife of hotelier Potter Palmer, who charged the pastry kitchen to create something different and amazing for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. She wanted a little sweet something that wasn’t messy and could be packed in box lunches for people enjoying the fair.
Though the recipe is well over a century old, Bertha’s Famous Brownie is still served at the Palmer House Hilton today.
You’ll find the recipe here: http://www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/recipes/.
Palmer House Hilton
17 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603