Adapted from what I was told was Katherine Hepburn's recipe. Mexican spices are optional but make a delicious and surprising variation.


4 ounces butter
2 ounces unsweetened baker\'s chocolate
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 or 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
powdered sugar (optional)


Step 1
preheat oven to 325

Step 2
melt chocolate and butter together

Step 3
using hand-held electric mixer, beat in eggs, vanilla, almond extract, coffee, sugar, cocoa and seasonings til they are well mixed and cocoa is absorbed.

Step 4
mix in flour and nuts

Step 5
pour into 8 inch square pan and bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick or cake tester inserted in center will still show some moisture but top will look dry.

Step 6
cool on rack. sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired and cut into squares.