Happy Secret Recipe Club Day everyone! Once again, I was excited to find that I was paired with a blog I had never heard of! Sara from Cupcake Muffin mostly blogs about some of my favorite things - baked goods!
As I searched through her old posts, I was drawn in by these World Peace Cookies. As Sarah mentioned in her post, a LOT of bloggers made these a few years ago and I just never got around to it. She put it best when she said " If you're one of the two remaining folks out there who hasn't made these cookies, you absolutely must try them!" I completely agree. If you haven't made these yet, I highly recommend it. The cookies are chocolatey with a hint of saltiness that makes them quite addictive.
One of the great things about these cookies is that you can make the dough and freeze it for up to 2 months. I went ahead and made a double batch. I baked up one batch and left the other dough in the freezer. That way I'll be able to bake up warm cookies on a moments notice.
Four Years Ago:
World Peace Cookies - from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours - makes 24 cookies
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick plus 3 Tbsp (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips
Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
Working with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes more.
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.
Turn the dough out onto a work surface, gather it together and divide it in half. Shape each half of 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 or up to 3 days. The dough can also be frozen for up to 2 months. If you freeze it, just add 1 minute to the baking time.
When you are Ready to Bake:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
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.
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.