A brownie is a chewy and thick bar cookie generally thought of as being made from chocolate. While the first brownies were produced from chocolate, a wide variety of brownies are available today in flavours such as butterscotch, white chocolate, and “blond” brownies. The chocolate brownie originated in the middle of the 19th century. The first recipe to be published for chocolate brownies was in an 1897 edition of the Sears Roebuck catalogue. The chocolate brownie continues to be a traditional favourite.