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Two Peas and Their Pod: World Peace Cookies

Friday, August 21, 2009

World Peace Cookies

It is Friday and that means I am still in my pajamas:) I love having Fridays off! Thank you for all of your comments on the S'mores cookies. They are fun to make and eat!

Today I am sharing one of my favorite Dorie recipes-world peace cookies. I am sure many of you have already fell in love with these cookies, but in case you haven't, these are a MUST bake. I made them for the dessert party and they didn't last very long. I also noticed a sense of peace at the party:)

I love these cookies because they can be made in advance. You roll the chocolate dough into logs and can keep them in the refrigerator for three days or in the freezer for a couple of months. The perfect cookie to have on hand for unexpected guests. The chocolate cocoa dough is enhanced by chocolate chunks and fleur de sel. The hint of salt is what takes these cookies to pure pefection. The combination is fantastic. Josh loves a couple of these with a tall glass of milk.

I also made Dorie's Chewy Chunky Blondies for the party-another Dorie favorite. I love these so much I baked them for our dessert station at our wedding. The blondies are buttery, chocolaty, chewy, and addicting! You can find the recipe here.

Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed my Friday favorites:) Have a splendid weekend!

World Peace Cookies
(Printable Recipe)

Recipe from Dorie Greenspan, Baking From My Home to Yours

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 vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or a generous 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
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.

Turn off the mixer. Pour in the flour, 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.

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: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
Working with 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.

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.

SERVING: The cookies can be eaten when they are warm or at room temperature — I prefer them at room temperature, when the textural difference between the crumbly cookie and the chocolate bits is greatest — and are best suited to cold milk or hot coffee.

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

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Blogger Anh said...

I used to have Friday off! But no more! I really need to negotiate with my boss...

I have heard about these cookies a lot. Really want to bake a batch now!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Book marking these! I have never tried them. Thank you!

4:20 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I'm glad you posted this recipe. I really need to try them!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Really droolworthy! Both the cookies and blondies look so irresistible!

Cheers and have a great weekend,


4:58 AM  
Blogger Marthe said...

Loved these when we made them for TWD and have made them many times since then, although not recently due to my new plan to lose weight...

5:49 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for PJ day and for delish treats!! :)

6:26 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Oh I love chocolate & salt together!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Valerina said...

I love these cookies! Yours look delicious. :)

7:04 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've seen these cookies a lot but have never tried making them. They look great though!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I have seen these cookies around the blogsphere but never made them. I better remedy that!

7:25 AM  
Blogger tspegar said...

mmmmmmm.... sprinkle salt on almost anything (especially sweets) and i am in! yummy and pretty!

7:31 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Ohhh. Yum!! These both look so delicious!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

I LOVE her World Peace Cookies! Delicious.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I'm a big fan of those cookies. Yours look awesome!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Dolce said...

Not sure my figure needs this but god, these look good. Along with the blondies...
Time for me to take a deep breathe and move on before it gets stuck in my brains until I bake it !!! (or should I give in right away?)

7:58 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love these cookies! I was amazed when I made them how easy they are and yet what fantastic cookies the recipe makes.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

These look so delicious and decadent - yum!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Both of these look fantastic! I believe I have both saved to make, so now they are jumping up the list :)

8:24 AM  
Blogger Dana Treat said...

I made those about a month ago and was so happy with how they turned out. After reading all the raves I was ready to be disappointed, but I thought they were so good. I also love being able to make them in advance and just pull and slice. Congrats on what was, I'm sure, a great party!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i'm so jealous. not only are you relaxing, but you also get to eat these wonderful cookies. grr. :)

8:26 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

YUM! These look great and I love a cookie that you can keep on hand like these. I will have to try them. You can't really go wrong with chocolate, can you?

8:37 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I am still amazed at those s'mores cookies--those looked so good. I printed those out btw.
And here is another stellar cookie. How many cookies did you eat while all this marathon baking was going on? LOL

8:48 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

cookies!! I want cookies!! these look great :)

9:01 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Ooh, thanks for all the sweets and enjoy your Friday off. Im jealous! :)

9:14 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

they look fab! yay for having Friday off... enjoy your day!

9:25 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

YUM!! I LOVE blondies!!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

i sooo wish i had today off!
Today is a good day for cookies. world peace cookies seem like the perfect thing to have on hand...especially when you want that quick fix of something chocolate. YUM

9:57 AM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

Yep, those are some of my Friday (or ANYday!) favorites too! Lucky you to have Friday off - wish I could swing that, but working in a 24/7 plant operation sort of nixes it :( Enjoy your weekend!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Lucky! I wish I was still in my PJs.

I've seen Dorie's blondies around and mean to try 'em. Thanks for reminding me.

Happy Friday!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I love how your photos! We really liked the world peace cookies and I have been meaning to try those blondies- haven't had time yet- I might have to make time! Have a great weekend!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Connie Weiss said...

I've had this recipe in my TO MAKE file for a while now. I think they will be the next cookie I make when the weather cools down a bit.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'Ve never tried these. I'll have to give them a try. Have a wonderful weekend.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Kymmie's Cakes said...

So I made these for the 4th of July. Everyone in my family complained that they were to crumbly. My father hated them so badly he spit them out (I thought that was a little exagerated)! I thought they were pretty good. I guess everyone has their preferences...

12:21 PM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

Enjoy your day off! With one of these cookies, it will be a great day!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

I miss Dorie's World Peace Cookies. I should make those again soon. Yours are perfectly round. Mine just...weren't haha

12:31 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

You're so lucky with your Fridays off! The cookies sound really great!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I loved both of those, too. The blondies are my go-to blondie recipe and I've made them with lots of different mix-ins. What fun wedding treats!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I've never made the World Peach Cookies, but I've always stopped to look at that recipe everytime I thumb through her book. I think this is exactly the kick I need to get around to making them. I love that last pic, nice choice of a background too :)

Enjoy your weekend Maria... I am sooo jealous you wear pj's on Friday!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Reeni♥ said...

These look real yummy - love the salty tops.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I like the blondies...

5:40 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I've been so hungry for a simple chocolate cookie. This is perfect! They look wonderful! Hope you enjoyed your Friday. Flexible work schedules rock! :)

6:18 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

Ooh I sure did enjoy your Friday favorites, but I enjoyed your wedding photos even more. I so wanted a candy table at our wedding but it didn't happen. Maybe next time. Kidding!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh how nice to have Fridays off!!! :) Your pictures lately have been so vibrant with the backgrounds, I LOVE them! These cookies look amazing!!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love salty sweet. These cookies look perfect!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I have to make these brownies, they look so good!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I love World Peace Cookies...yummy!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Elra said...

Sounds like the ultimate cookie must try!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love the world peace cookies but I've never made the blondies. Someday!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I really think I'm the only person left who has not made these cookies. I need to change that!

8:09 PM  
Blogger VintageMixer said...

blondies hold a special place in my heart :)

11:04 AM  
Blogger veron said...

I absolutely adore these cookies. Fleur de sel adds such an interesting crunch.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Pamela said... these both! I think the blondies were the first thing I ever made from the book. SO GOOD!!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

I don't know where to start with all of these fantastic cookies I would have to have one (or 2 or 3) of each to see which I liked best.....including the smores too! Although I think I would love all of them just as much. :-)

7:34 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM. I need to make these again.

11:37 AM  

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