We can’t all be Katharine Hepburn — though thankfully, we can still make her brownies!

But if you’re looking for someone else to perform the chocolate magic, we found a number of spots around the city where you can indulge in the sinfully rich treat and let someone else do the dishes. Here are 4 of the best brownies in Boston:

The French Brownie at Café Madeleine, South End

This cute patisserie in the South End is so romantically française that it makes me want to write this entire paragraph in French, but I think my editor would sigh and send it back for a redraft, so I’ll just tell you in English that you should check out the walnut-studded French brownie (pictured at top): surprisingly light—the batter is mixed with meringue—with chocolate ganache and dusted with cocoa powder for a hint of bitterness.

During warm weather, chase with orange juice; and when it gets cold, the house hot chocolate pairs well for a doubly delightful experience.

517 Columbus Ave., Boston, 857-239-8052, cafemadeleineboston.com

The "intense chocolate brownie" at Flour Bakery.
The "intense chocolate brownie" at Flour Bakery, with various locations in Boston and Cambridge.
Courtesy of Flour Bakery

The Intense Chocolate Brownie, Flour Bakery

Flour appears on just about every list of “Best [insert name of bakery item]s in Boston,” and their intense chocolate brownie is no exception. The relatively straightforward recipe creates a simple yet memorable fudge-y experience—not too bitter, not too sweet, juuust right—except that it requires TWO kinds of chocolate (unsweetened AND bittersweet!).

And speaking of the recipe: if you feel like making her brownies yourself, you can find the recipe in her “Flour: Spectacular Recipes” cookbook.

Fort Point: 12 Farnsworth St., Boston, 617-338-4333; South End: 1595 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-4300; Central Square: 190 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-225-2525; Back Bay: 131 Clarendon St., Boston, 617-437-7700, flourbakery.com

The brownie at Lakota Bakery in Arlington.
The brownie at Lakota Bakery in Arlington.
Courtesy of Lakota Bakery

The A-Little-Something-Different Brownie, Lakota Bakery

I know that my mother loved me because she would bring home Lakota Bakery’s obnoxiously pretty cookies for me. Owner Barbara Weniger focuses on a limited number of bakery items to keep the quality extra-high—don’t look for muffins or coffee here—and thankfully the brownie is one of them.

Lakota’s recipe calls for walnuts as well as sour cream to keep everything rich, and even some coffee too.

1375 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-646-0121, lakotabakery.com

The brownie at Petsi Pies in Somerville.
The brownie at Petsi Pies in Somerville.
Courtesy of Petsi Pies

The Fudgy Walnut Brownie at Petsi Pies, Somerville

From sweet to savory pies, Petsi Pies has got you covered. But the Somerville-based bakery also makes amazing scones, muffins, cupcakes, and a walnut brownie that so fudgy it’ll keep your sweet tooth satiated for days. Of the four mentioned, this one may be the closest to Katharine Hepburn’s original recipe: gooey and chock full of walnuts!

Petsi also has sister cafes in Cambridge that include a daily selection of their locally-loved pastries.

285 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-661-7437, petsipies.com