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08/05/2013 01:43 pm ET

Katharine Hepburn's All-Time Favorite Brownie Recipe

Elizabeth Street

Finding out who scored Katharine Hepburn's top secret brownie recipe is kind of like playing a game of Clue -- no one really knows who did what, where, or with whom. Legend has it that Liz "The Grand Dame of Dish" Smith wrangled the recipe with her magical powers of persuasion. Other stories credit food writer Laurie Colwin who "got it from a friend." Then, there's Hepburn's onetime neighbor, Heather Henderson, who joined the mix when she penned a letter to the editor of The New York Times in July 2003, shortly after Hepburn passed away.

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