Almost a decade ago, shortly after we were married, Goose and I went to visit some friends over in Holland, Michigan. These friends always had been and continue to be dear to us. Heck, they even stood in our wedding! And let us borrow two out of three of their boys to be our ring bearers and let their incredible cuteness take some of the spotlight off of us. Now that their four progeny are all in school, mom has actually gotten in touch with her fantastically crafty side. Be sure to check it out here.
While we were there visiting the quaint little town of Zeeland, I bought a cookbook. It is a bit of a tradition in my family to purchase a cookbook wherever your travels take you.
Good thing, too. The other day, I dared stop in a HomeSense. Always a brew up for trouble. A glass jar there began calling my name. I resisted its lures and fled to my truck with my two youngest in tow.
Then my birthday came. And I was given money. And I went back for it.
So, lest this little number waste away from lack of use, I cracked open the cookbook and got started. Why not start out by using a new recipe to fill a new vessel?
The recipe actually calls for unsweetened chocolate. Semi-sweet is what I had so semi-sweet is what we used.
As a brief aside, can I nominate whomever was responsible for forming baking chocolate into neat little squares and wrapping it in the parchment? Pure genius. I love pre-measured ingredients. Drastically cuts down on the amount of thinking I have to do in a day.
Please note: if you are baking these with boys in the house, bathroom humour will ensue.
Pop them into the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes or so.
Use your ruler if you have to.