You know that fancy chocolate bar stashed in the back of your pantry that's reserved for satisfying your sweet tooth with a late-night square? You don't have to hide it away and only enjoy it a few pieces at a time. There are a few baking recipes where a beautiful bar of chocolate can elevate an everyday treat to a fancy dinner party dessert, and other baking recipes where the subtle flavors of that fancy bar won't be masked by butter and sugar. Here are five recipes to try when you want to bring your fancy chocolate stash out to shine.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
A seemingly obvious choice, chocolate chip cookies filled with chunks of your favorite fancy chocolate take these classic cookies from everyday treat to darling dessert with the chop of a knife.
Try this: Use a mixture of chopped dark and milk chocolates along with semi-sweet chips to form a combination of tastes and textures that is decadently different from your everyday chocolate chip cookie. Take things even further with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
Get our favorite recipe: How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies from Scratch
Chocolate cookies often call for just a small amount of cocoa to back up a fine dose of chopped chocolate. You'll only need a single bar of special chocolate to flavor these cookies.
Try this: Break out your best cocoa for chocolate cookies with your favorite chocolate bar. The cocoa plays as supporting role in highlighting that fancy chocolate.
Get our favorite recipe: Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Personally, I think the best brownies are those made with chocolate instead of those made with cocoa. The brownies are richer and chewier, with that ever-so-enticing crackled top.
Try this: Brownies are a great recipe to bake with a flavored fancy chocolate bar. That coffee bean-studded chocolate bar from your favorite local maker turns everyday brownies into coffee brownies perfectly suited as an after-dinner dessert with a scoop of ice cream.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake
For a chocolate cake with a finely focused chocolate flavor, flourless chocolate cake is the best recipe. Highlighted only by eggs and sugar, that single-origin chocolate you brought home from vacation will really make the perfect dessert for sharing your photo slideshow with friends.
Try this: You'll need two bars for this recipe, and since the chocolate is the prominent flavor here, be sure to use two of the same bars so that you can really taste the intricate flavor of a single-origin bar.
Get our favorite recipe: How To Make the Best Flourless Chocolate Cake
Okay, so technically pudding is a no-bake chocolate dessert, but what better classic recipe to really show-off your favorite chocolate bar? This homey, comforting dish is a classic for a reason — it is the perfect sweet chocolate treat whether served hot or cold.
Try this: Serve this pudding with lightly sweetened whipped cream and finely chopped chocolate from the bar you made the pudding with.
Get our favorite recipe: How To Make Perfect Chocolate Pudding from Scratch