Treats for Your Sweet
Financiers are a French petit-four cake (petit-four literally translates to “small oven” and refers to bite-sized baked items which can be sweet or savory), traditionally made with brown butter and almond flour. They have awesome contrasting textures—crisp and chewy at the edges, and decadently soft and moist at the center—along with nutty flavor from the browned butter and almonds. Adding chocolate to the mix makes for a next-level brownie that we can’t get enough of. This version is an adaptation of a Thomas Keller recipe that calls for both bittersweet chocolate (70 percent cacao) and unsweetened chocolate (100 percent cacao) along with cocoa powder.
The Best Dark Chocolate Chips
by Lisa McManus
Chocolate chip cookies are America's favorites, according to The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book (2013) by Carolyn Wyman. Invented in the 1930s, the recipe called for semisweet chocolate. Today, chocolate chip choices abound, and dark chocolate—which includes “semisweet” and “bittersweet” since there's no legal distinction—has come a long way.