Remember the part in “Groundhog Day” when Phil talks Rita into having a drink with him, and she says, “I always drink to world peace”? We snacked to world peace this week with Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies. And a whole lotta milk.
These cookies, originally created by Pierre Hermés and known as Korova Cookies, are intense. There’s no pesky milk or eggs to get in the way of your chocolate experience. No, no, no. The raw material is all cocoa powder and chocolate chips held together by butter, two sugars, flour and magic. The magic comes from a good pinch of fine sea salt, which helps these cookies transcend the ranks of your typical, cloyingly sweet, chocolate-chocolate chip cookies to become sandy, crumbly, sablés – dark-as-midnight chocolate cookies with a salty kick. Even better, they’re as easy to make as any slice-and-bake cookie. The ease of Pillsbury with the sophistication of Hermés. Oui.
Of course, we lowered the sophistication level of our batch with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips. As Coco Chanel always said, “An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.”
So, about that name. In “Baking: From My Home to Yours”, Dorie writes that she started calling these World Peace Cookies after a neighbor said that a daily dose of them “is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness.” I’m thinking this neighbor must have lived alone, because the power of the cookie is strong. If you live with any other living creature, you must be ready to claim, hide and defend your fair share.
World peace? Trick, please.
World Peace Cookies
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From My Home to Yours”
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, 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, 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, and pulse the mixer at low speed about 5 times. (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. 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.
- 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.
29 thoughts on “World Peace Cookies”
These look like the poster child of chocolate goodness! My first batch suffered from baker error but I have another batch to bake tonight. Your cookies make me want to leave work and bake them NOW!
Some excellent quotes in this post! Pillsbury + Hermes…how perfect.
Great cookies and post!
HAHAH LOVE that Chanel quote!!! And I think nothing is classier than chocolate and peanut butter!
I didn’t think this recipe could be improved, but peanut butter… I think you’re on to something :)
Everytime we see these cookies, we want to eat 2 dozen.
Chanel, hunh? Always thought that quote came from “Steel Magnolias”!
Yours are such a dark, rich color! Yum, these cookies and a glass of milk would just be heaven. great job
Yes, these cookies are intense. And marvelous.
Your cookies look perfect, I love your picture!
Beautiful looking cookies! Love how you’re keepin’ it real with the PB chips :)
I need to make these, they are my fav!! I am craving them now!!
PB chips are a great idea with these. I just may have to go that route when I get to baking these!
I love these cookies–and the cookbook. Yum!
OMW…the reference to Groundhog Day made my day…each year I play that movie on the DAY and I laugh hysterically each and every time I see it like it is the very first time I have ever seen it. My best friend “does not get” this movie…she thinks it is the dumbest movie ever…YEAH, YOUR POINT PLEASE???? Of course it is dumb, that is what is so GREAT about it! LOL. When I read the title of the cookies, that was the first thing that popped into my mind for some reason…that scene in the bar about world peace! Your cookies look great…the post was fun. And everytime I see this scene, I will know there is another person on the planet who thought of this movie with these cookies. Guys and cookies…yeah, what’s the deal with that…never never never have enough cookies in this house to satisfy two teens and Mark…right now there are three different kinds and the world peace ones are long gone. Love coming by here each week. Have a great weekend.
These cookies are unbelievably good and I bet they’re wonderful with PB chips.
Chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other. I can’t wait to try out my batch!
Now I have to make the cookies again with peanut butter. YUM
These look great! I love the addition of peanut butter!
Great idea to add peanut butter to the mix. I’ll also drink and snack to world peace!
Oh my, I am definitely going to try and make these. Your photos are just awesome!! It is like the cookie is coming out of my computer screen. Thanks for sharing!!
These were certainly a guilty pleasure this week.
GREAT MOVIE!!! IT is a hoot. Maybe we could wake up each day to a different variety of the cookies. And they would never get old. Yours look great.
If we are snacking to world peace, I think I’ve done my part to solve the Mideast crisis this week! Love the thought of the PB chips…makes me want to make another batch…
I love the fact that these are not gooey cookies, and your pb addition sounds delicious.
These were delicious! Yours look great and the peanut butter is a great idea. Yum!
The ease of Pillsbury with the sophistication of Hermés.
Amen sister amen! I totally have to do the Rebecca PB peace cookie version next time. The hubs would love it!
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I love your story about World Peace through your eyes. LOL Baked 7 cookies last night (roll in the freezer) and they lasted, oh, about an hour. I shared two with 15 year old son. he he They are my favorite recipe in the book so far. Peanut butter and chocolate next up.
That Chanel quote is priceless! I’m certainly going to try Reese’s chips in these next time, my kids would love that.
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