National Brownie Day December 8 


Each year on December 8, brownie lovers across the nation celebrate National Brownie Day.

 Brownies were created in the United States at the end of the 19th century.  A cross between a cookie and a cake, they soon became very popular across the country.

With the chocolate brownie being the favorite, the blonde brownie runs a close second.  A blonde brownie is made with brown sugar and no chocolate and is often called a “blondie”.

There was a request for a dessert for a group of ladies that would be attending a fair in the late 1800′s.  They wanted a small cake-like dessert that could be eaten from from a boxed lunch.  A Chicago chef, working at the Palmer House Hotel, created the first brownie for the ladies, which featured an apricot glaze and walnuts.  The Palmer House Hotel still serves the original recipe brownies on their menu.

Of brownies, similar to those of today, the earliest published recipes appeared in the 1904, Laconia, NH Home Cookery, the 1904 Chicago, IL Service Club Cook Book,  April 2, 1905 The Boston Globe and the 1906 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer.  

Three myths, that have gained popularity over the years, regarding the creation of the brownie:

  • A chef accidentally added melted chocolate to biscuit dough.
  • A cook forgot to add flour to the batter.
  • A housewife did not have baking powder and improvised with this new treat.  The story tells that she was baking for guests and decided she would serve them these flattened cakes.

To celebrate National Brownie Day, try one of the following “tried and true” brownie recipes:



Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Brownie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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