It’s been awhile, to say the least. But I’m still here. I’m working and cooking and chicken parenting. The blog has been sorely neglected, but I’m back.
I may have found a new favorite cookie. It’s hard to beat my all time favorite, the NYT chocolate chip cookie, however, the World Peace cookie is luxurious for the holidays and beyond. It’s a cookie that can’t be better than its name, but it is.
The cookie has a long history. It was developed by a French pastry chef for a Paris restaurant. It was originally called the Korova cookie, after the now closed restaurant. It was renamed World Peace by someone who claimed that if everyone had this cookie in hand, peace would reign over the planet.
They’re made up of well-salted, well-buttered cocoa dough. You can make them huge or small. One thing I know, they will bring happiness to any dessert table.
My kitchen notes
There’s little you can do to ruin this cookie. Except overbake them. If in doubt, pull them out early — they’ll firm up as they cool.
I use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet baking chips for most of my baking.
World Peace Cookies
Makes about 36 cookies
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, cut into chunks, 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 good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped into irregular sized bits
- Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
2. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together on medium speed until soft, creamy about 5 minutes.
3. Beat in the salt and vanilla. Turn off the mixer, add all the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to start the blending. When the risk of flying flour has passed, turn the mixer to low and beat until the dough forms big, moist curds.
4. Toss in the chocolate pieces and mix to incorporate.
5. This is an unpredictable dough. Sometimes it’s crumbly and sometimes it comes together and cleans the sides of the bowl. Happily, no matter what, the cookies are always great.
6. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gather it together, kneading it if necessary to bring it together.
7. Divide the dough in half. Shape the dough into logs that are 11/2 inches in diameter. Don’t worry about the length — get the diameter right, and the length will follow.
8. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and freeze them for at least 2 hours or refrigerate them for at least 3 hours.
9. When you’re ready to bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
10. Working with one log at a time and using a long, sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. (The rounds might crack as you’re cutting them — don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto each cookie.)
11. Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between them. If you’ve cut both logs, keep one baking sheet in the fridge while you bake the other.
12. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes — don’t open the oven, just let them bake. When the timer rings, they won’t look done, nor will they be firm, and 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 munch them, or let them reach room temperature.