This Pantry-Staple Dessert Means Never Disappointing Your Sweet Tooth

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By Alice Medrich

Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 — with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Here’s a rabbit-from-your-hat trick — with ingredients straight from your pantry — guaranteed to satisfy the munchies, or any chocolate craving you might have!

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Think hot, crunchy-crusted grilled sandwiches stuffed with melty chocolate instead of cheese. Garnish with pinch of flaky sea salt or a cozy shower of cinnamon sugar. Sure, I like mine with a fruity dark 70% chocolate, but don’t let that stop you from using your favorite new artisan milk chocolate, or any other.

This spur-of-the-moment indulgence can be dressed up for sit-down company, too: Cut smaller pieces and nestle them in a bowl of ice cream.

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Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches 
Makes 2 sandwiches

Unsalted butter
4 slices sweet or sourdough French bread or firm white sandwich bread
About 2 oz broken or chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Coarse sea salt (optional)
1 tbsp sugar mixed with 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

1. Butter one side of each slice of bread generously. In a skillet big enough to hold them, cook the slices butter side down over medium heat, just until pale gold on one side.

2. Cover two of the slices with chocolate. Flip a naked slice on top, butter side up. Cook, turning the sandwiches as necessary, until the chocolate is softened and the sandwiches are browned on both sides.

3. Serve immediately, sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt or a dusting of cinnamon sugar, if you like.

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