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Chocolate Squares

Indulgence in the world of chocolate is an experience like no other. If you’re a chocolate lover seeking a delightful treat that’s both simple to make and utterly satisfying, look no further than these homemade Chocolate Squares. This recipe combines the rich, velvety goodness of chocolate with a hint of crunch for a truly irresistible snack or dessert. Perfect for sharing with loved ones or enjoying all to yourself, these Chocolate Squares are bound to become a family favorite.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Chocolate Base:

  1. 1 cup of high-quality semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  2. 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  3. 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  7. 1/4 teaspoon of salt

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For the Topping:

  1. 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds work well)
  2. 1/2 cup of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (for an extra chocolatey touch)

Preparation Steps:

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.

Step 2: Melt Chocolate and Butter

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup) and unsalted butter (1/2 cup). Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring after each, until the mixture is smooth and fully melted. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler for this step.

Step 3: Add Sugar and Vanilla

  • Stir the granulated sugar (1/4 cup) and pure vanilla extract (1 teaspoon) into the melted chocolate and butter mixture until well combined.

Step 4: Add Eggs

  • Add the two large eggs to the mixture, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Step 5: Incorporate Dry Ingredients

  • Gently fold in the all-purpose flour (1/2 cup) and salt (1/4 teaspoon) until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.

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Step 6: Pour into the Pan

  • Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly with a spatula.

Step 7: Add Toppings

  • Sprinkle your choice of chopped nuts (1/2 cup) and chocolate chips (1/2 cup) evenly over the top of the chocolate batter, pressing them down slightly so they adhere.

Step 8: Bake

  • Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (but not wet batter).

Step 9: Cool and Cut

  • Allow the Chocolate Squares to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes, then use the parchment paper overhang to lift them out. Place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 10: Slice and Serve

  • Once fully cooled, cut the chocolate into squares of your desired size. Enjoy these Chocolate Squares as a delightful treat or dessert!

These homemade Chocolate Squares are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings and impress your friends and family with their rich flavor and delightful texture. Enjoy!

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