World Peace Cookies

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World Peace CookiesI know, I know. Everyone else made these months and months ago. I’m late to the party as usual. But better late than never, right? In this case, most definitely!

I knew these cookies would be good before I even took the first batch out of the oven. The sliced dough tasted awesome, my kitchen smelled amazing delicious, and the finished product is out of this world–chocolatey with a bit of salt. Mmmm. If you’re looking for a really easy-to-make yet outstanding chocolate cookie recipe, I highly recommend this one.

And in case you were wondering why they are called World Peace Cookies, according to the cookbook, Dorie’s neighbor said that a daily dose of these cookies “is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness.” And I concur.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or a generous 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
  2. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, the salt and vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes more.
  3. Turn off the mixer. Pour in the dry ingredients, drape a kitchen towel over the stand mixer to protect yourself and your kitchen from flying flour and pulse the mixer at low speed about 5 times, a second or two each time. Take a peek — if there is still a lot of flour on the surface of the dough, pulse a couple of times more; if not, remove the towel. Continuing at low speed, mix for about 30 seconds more, just until the flour disappears into the dough — for the best texture, work the dough as little as possible once the flour is added, and don’t be concerned if the dough looks a little crumbly. Toss in the chocolate pieces and mix only to incorporate.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface, gather it together and divide it in half. Working with one half at a time, shape the dough into logs that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 3 hours. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. If you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking — just slice the logs into cookies and bake the cookies 1 minute longer.)

Getting Ready to Bake

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  2. Using a sharp thin knife, slice the logs into rounds that are 1/2 inch thick. (The rounds are likely to crack as you’re cutting them — don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto each cookie.) Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them.
  3. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 12 minutes — they won’t look done, nor will they be firm, but that’s just the way they should be. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the cookies rest until they are only just warm, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature.

Makes about 36 cookies.

Storage
Packed airtight, cookies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days; they can be frozen for up to 2 months.

My note: I was too lazy to cut up chocolate so I used mini chips instead.

Recipe from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

Comments

6 Responses to “World Peace Cookies”

    rachel on 1 April 21st, 2007 5:30 am

    they look great! i love the salt/chocolate idea.

    Abby on 2 April 21st, 2007 7:14 pm

    I made a Dorie recipe today, too! I read this recipe when I was trying to decide what to make. Such a cute story!

    paula on 3 April 24th, 2007 6:15 am

    More Dorie! She’s a food blogging phenomenon. I almost made these cookies. I still might. I just ate another piece of her banana cake that I made last week (and froze the leftovers) and it’s soooooooo good.

    cassie on 4 April 27th, 2007 8:44 pm

    hey! i have a new blog about cupcakes, and i LOVE your blog. i linked you and i was wondering if you wouldn’t mind linking me…?

    :)

    Jennifer on 5 April 30th, 2007 8:23 am

    I made this for a cookout this weekend and everyone really liked them. I did add some toasted pecans (I love pecans!) and used part bittersweet chocolate and part of an extra dark chocolate bar, chopped finely.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    Kristen on 6 May 1st, 2007 7:35 pm

    I have yet to make these but really want to. Dorie’s recipes are always so tasty!

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