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Get your favorite brownies fresh-baked, home-delivered in National “Have a Brownie” Day contest

Happy National “Have a Brownie” Day!

Readers of Baked Chicago know I have a slight obsession with brownies. Baked Chicago was named in homage to a city known for innovation. One of those innovations is the brownie!

The brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel (now the Palmer House Hilton) during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition, aka The Chicago World’s Fair). Bertha Palmer, wife of hotelier Potter Palmer, asked the hotel’s chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’ that could be easily carried in a boxed lunch at the World’s Fair. The first brownies featured an apricot glaze with walnuts. The Palmer House Hilton still makes brownies according to the original recipe.

I’ve been baking uniquely decadent brownies since high school. In November of 2012, filled with years of “brownie wisdom” and support from readers, I published my first cookbook: Baked Chicago’s Simply Decadent Brownies Cookbook. With over 50,000 copies in circulation, it’s been consistently Amazon’s top-rated chocolate dessert making cookbook since December, 2012, and 100% of all proceeds have gone to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and PAWS Chicago.

Many readers have asked when the next cookbook might arrive and have suggested some great ideas for new decadent brownie recipes. So to honor National “Have a Brownie” Day 2014, I’m running a very special, limited-time contest. Enter by:

  • Voting for your favorite brownie recipe from among the most popular in Simply Decadent Brownies Cookbook
  • Submitting an idea for a new brownie recipe (in the comments section below) to be featured in the next brownies cookbook, Simply Decadent Brownies, Too
  • Subscribing to Baked Chicago email alerts

I’ll randomly select one winner to get a Baked Chicago Simply Decadent Brownies gift package that will include an autographed copy of  Baked Chicago’s Simply Decadent Brownies Cookbook and a home-baked batch of brownies (baked by me based on your vote for your favorite recipe) delivered to your door. 

What brownies will you be having?


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  • Harvey Morris
    February 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    The most popular brownie flavor on the Baked Chicago blog this past year was eggnog brownies. Should I add it to the next cookbook?

  • AmandaSakovitz
    February 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Oreo brownies with cream cheese would be yummy.

  • Diane
    February 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Too bad I missed the contest! Stopping by from the SITS list! 🙂 Blessings!

  • Emma Craig
    February 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Oh, yum! These pictures have me totally craving brownies now!

  • Emily
    February 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I love contests + brownies! So cool! Stopping by from the SITS Girls & happy to have stumbled upon this!!

  • Gina Jacobs Thomas
    February 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Darnit, I missed National Brownie Day! Guess I’ll have to eat a few to make up for lost time?

  • Heather
    February 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Yummy! Looks delish!

  • Holly
    February 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Looks yummy. Stopping by for #SITSblogging

  • Dina Farmer
    February 13, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Too bad I missed this! Stopping by from #SITSblogging! This looks so yummy and would have been a nice gift to send to my husband.

  • Erica {let why lead}
    February 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Wow, good for you! Congrats on the sales of your book, and how sweet that you’re donating the proceeds!

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