Thanksgiving is here once again! Whether you are spending the weekend raking leaves, going for Fall walks, or visiting a pumpkin farm, Thanksgiving usually means family fun and an epic feast.

If you want to take your dinner up a notch and switch out that pumpkin pie for something a little different, try our Palmer House Hilton Brownie. This delightful little treat was invented in a Hilton kitchen for the 1893 World’s Fair. What follows is the original recipe that has been replicated throughout the world.

Palmer House Hilton Brownie


  • 14 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1lb Butter
  • 12 oz. Granulated Sugar
  • 4 oz Flour
  • 8 ea. Whole Eggs
  • 12 oz Crushed Walnuts
  • Vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Mix the sugar and flour together in a bowl. Combine chocolate and flour mixtures. Stir 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs and continue mixing.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×12 baking sheet. Sprinkle walnuts on top, pressing down slightly into the mixture with your hand. Bake 30-40 minutes.
  4. Brownies are done when the edges begin to crisp and has risen about 1/4 of an inch.


Note: When the brownie is properly baked, it will remain “gooey” with a toothpick in the middle due to the richness of the mixture.

Glaze: Mix together 1 c. water, 1 c. apricot preserves, and 1 tsp. unflavored gelatin in sauce pan. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil for two minutes. Brush hot glaze on brownies while still warm.

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