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Legend or Learning?

Legend has it that the first brownie was made at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois at the request of Bertha Palmer, socialite and wife of the owner, Potter Palmer. She wanted something cake-like and small that could be served to the ladies at the Columbian Exposition for the Chicago World’s fair of 1893. Working with the hotel pastry chef, she came up with this delicious confection. In 1898 the first reference to the brownie in America appeared in the Sears Roebuck Catalog published in Chicago. If you like your brownies…

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