3 oz. cocoa liquor (this is NOT chocolate liqueur) (requires you to roast and grind cocoa beans. Substitute Bakers chocolate in an equal amount if you can't get the cocoa beans.)***
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar (if you like sweeter brownies, use 1 and 1/4 cups sugar).
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour (I use all-purpose flour)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of your choice of nuts. I prefer walnuts, but pecans or hazelnuts are delicious, too.
If desired, decorative icing, chocolate chips or candy sprinkles, or both, of your choice.