World Peace Cookies

>> Sunday, February 27, 2011

[HEART] sunny
[EYES] It's A Wonderful Life
[EARS] squeaky violin
[HEAD] Sunday night blues...
[HANDS] fluffy soft bread

I'm sure most of you have heard of the amazing Dorie Greenspan - author of Baking From My Home to Yours and co-author of Desserts by Pierre Herme!

I first came across her recipes from reading those raving reviews of those who tried and tested her recipes.

This lady must be a cookie queen, I thought.

Then about a year ago, I read about her pop-up cookie store, called Cookie Bar, in New York City.

Big chunky buttery cookies perfectly placed on trays one after another.

That night, I couldn't sleep. I not only wanted to taste and make her cookies, but I wanted to open a cookie shop like hers. Pop-up or not. Before the next morning, I had the interior decoration and shop location all thought out (being my usual obsessive self!)

The next day at work, too excited to contain myself, I even shared my idea with colleagues.

It's going to be none of that Mrs Fields or Cookie Man from the malls, but each cookie will be made with some good old TLC.

I was on cloud nine for the next few days and envisioned myself working with butter morning til night. Oh the joys.

Whilst that small 'dream' of mine never really did come true as it was not mine to have, I'm happy as I am baking Dorie's cookies from my kitchen and seeing them bring smiles to people's faces when I do share them.

These cookies are called World Peace cookies. Which really tells you a lot about what they can do to you. Yeah, pretty powerful stuff.

Dark rich chocolate that crumbles and melt in your mouth with each bite. No wonder these babies have won the hearts of people from all over the world!

While I doubt we will ever have world peace as long as there are human beings on earth, I know that if you bake these and share, it will make your day just that much brighter and sweeter.

Try it and you'll see.

World Peace Cookies
adapted from Bon Appetit Sept 2010
makes about 36 cookies
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5 ounces extra-bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 85% cacao), chopped (no pieces bigger than 1/3 inch)
1. Sift flour, cocoa, and baking soda into medium bowl.

2. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth but not fluffy. Add both sugars, vanilla, and sea salt; beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended (mixture may be crumbly).

4. Add chopped chocolate; mix just to distribute (if dough doesn't come together, knead lightly in bowl to form ball). Divide dough in half. Place each half on sheet of plastic wrap. Form each into 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Wrap each in plastic; chill until firm, about 3 hours.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep chilled.

5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Using thin sharp knife, cut logs crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.

7. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies appear dry (cookies will not be firm or golden at edges), 11 to 12 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.


grub February 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM  

oh dear! reading and seeing photos of chocolate cookies past midnight...i'm hungry and craving for chocolate now haha! i shall dream of eating them :)

Jeannie February 28, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

Lovely looking photos, they are making me craving for some too! Sounds good!

j3ss kitch3n February 28, 2011 at 1:23 AM  

you finally got this post up!! was waiting until my neck grew long!!! looks really delicious not to mention your photos look so divine!

Cooking Gallery February 28, 2011 at 3:37 AM  

I love how identical your cookies look, so neat and pretty!!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart February 28, 2011 at 6:36 AM  

sweet dream... I just might have had similar ones through the years too :)

Your cookies look splendid! Perfectly splendid!

Patricia Scarpin March 1, 2011 at 12:19 AM  

I have made these and they are addictive! Your cookies look perfect!

kirbie March 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM  

These have been on my to-do list for a while now! Yours came out gorgeous

sugarpuffi March 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM  

ive never heard of world peace cookies before but if everyone could have one of those, i can see why there will be no war. yummmm

Zoe March 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

I'm a fan of Dorie Greenspan too. I wanted to make baking as my next career too but didn't have the courage to make a big move. Viv, let me know if you are going to have a cookie or cake shop...I'll be there to show lots of supports.

Saw this world peace cookies before and thought that the name remind me a lot of Miss Congeniality...LOL Nevermind about the name, it is the thought of the food that counts.

Julie March 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM  

I HAD A TASTE .. !!! yay
ps my workmates john/mike liked your cookies :)

Viv March 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM  

grub: haha never a good idea to read food blogs during the night ;)

Jeannie: thanks girl!

j3ss: yes *finally* made this after a loooong time!

Cooking Gallery: haha thanks, i tried to cut it as evenly as possible! not easy esp it was so crumbly!

LDH: thank youu :)

Patricia: Yes so addictive huh? better to share these otherwise id eat the whoel try ><

kirbie: these were on my to make list for like a year :P hope u get around to make them soon!

sugarpuffi: haha yea if everyone in the world has one, would prob make it more peaceful for sure ;)

Zoe: hahaha yes! miss world peace is def the right answer to any beauty pageant questions aye? yea, been thinking about career change too hehe but yea, too many things holding me back so mb nows not the best timing!

julie: oh julie, I feel bad coz your batch was kinda mushy and crushed :( surprised that your workmates like them. hopefully next time ill give you a perfect batch!

Maria March 3, 2011 at 5:42 AM  

I love the whole idea of "world peace cookies"! They look delicious :-)

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef March 3, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

Don't hate me, but I got to have one of these from her pop up store last year. It was 2 blocks away from my office and a hot commodity! :)

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour March 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

If only a cookie could cause world peace! Lovely photography and I like your writing style!

Lori March 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

So glad you posted these! I had seen them before, but completely forgot about them. I have to put them on my to-bake list. They look delicious!

Juliana March 4, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

These cookies sure look the idea of using brown sugar. Would love to have it with a cup of tea...great pictures as well :-)

pigpigscorner March 7, 2011 at 4:06 AM  

oh my..these look so delicious! I don't think I can ever stop snacking on these!

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