No matter what, baking usually occurs in the month of December. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Love the outcome, hate the process. This recipe originally from Smitten Kitchen is the perfect treat to bring to a holiday party. A one bowl masterpiece if you will.
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70 or 72%), roughly chopped
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
Place chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl. Either over a saucepan of simmering water or in the microwave in 15- to 30-second bursts, stirring frequently, melt the two together. Off the heat, whisk in sugar, which should cool the mixture down significantly. Whisk in salt, then eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. The batter will thicken a bit as it stands.
Heat oven to 325°F (165°C).
Either coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or line it with cupcake papers. Spoon batter halfway into each cup and bake for 25 to 30 minutes 20 minutes in a 24 mini-muffin pan) , or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cakelets comes out batter-free. (Fudgy crumbs are to be expected.)
Let cool on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding. Puffed tops will fall a little as they cool.