So, for those of you not ready to jump into full Artisan Chocolate, might I suggest just making up your own varietal baker's chocolate and using it where ever you would use that stale bitter stuff from the store. I and my daughter did just that last night for a nice batch of brownies. She even tasted the mix before the sugar was added. I warned her it was not sweet yet. (remember how bad it was when you did that as a kid :-( . It was fine. She said "It's OK papa (patting my arm), it's good". There you have it, from the mouth of babes. Give it a try.


  • 3 oz Cocoa liqueur of your choice
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 c walnuts


Melt the cocoa and butter in a saucepan. Mix in all the other ingredients.

Pour into a buttered 8" square pan. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.