December 8th was National Brownie Day, an unofficial holiday which celebrates this sweet treat. Although brownies have been enjoyed in this country since the early 20th century, the origin of this scrumptious snack is unknown. One legend credits the pastry chef at Palmer House Hotel, who was asked to create a piece of cake suitable for the boxed lunches being supplied to attendees of the 1893 Chicago World’s Colombian Exposition. Another legend states that the brownie originated in Bangor, Maine, when a woman decided to go ahead and serve a chocolate cake that failed to rise instead of tossing it out. A recipe for “Bangor Brownies” appeared in cookbooks as early as 1904.
These two little girls are preparing to celebrate Brownie Day by indulging in a chocolatey treat. They are both all-bisque character dolls by the German firm of Gebruder Heubach.