The brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel (now the Palmer House Hilton) in 1893. Mrs. Palmer, the hotel proprietor’s wife, asked her chef to create a new and unique dessert to be showcased at the 1893 Columbian Expedition being hosted in Chicago.
About ten years or so ago I was able to get my hands on the original recipe, which calls for an apricot glaze (which I don’t use), and tweaked it a bit. I recently made a batch as a thank you gift and took the picture above of the sliced brownies just about ready for shipment.
So here’s my take on the original brownie recipe*.