You’ve probably been eating Brownies all your life. These chewy, chocolate-y confections are a classic American dessert staple. But you may not know they originated at the historic Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, in Chicago.
It was Bertha Palmer, wife of hotelier Potter Palmer, who charged the pastry kitchen to create something different and amazing for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As then-president of the Board of Lady Managers, she wanted a little sweet something that wasn’t messy and could be packed in box lunches for people enjoying the fair. She charged the hotel’s pastry chef with the assignment, and the result was the brownie!
Here’s another fun fact: The first written reference to “brownie” in America appears in the 1898 Sears Roebuck catalog, which was published in Chicago.
Though the recipe is well over a century old, Bertha’s legendary brownie is still served at the Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, in Chicago today.
Find the recipe for the Palmer House Hilton Brownie and other delicious creations here:
The Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, is a member of Historic Hotels of America.
17 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603