Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies
We are still putting together our list of Christmas cookies for 2022, and here is our super chocolaty pick: Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies.
These cookies have been around for a while. I remember first learning about them at a cookie party a few years ago when everyone at the party was talking about them. Minus the hype at the party, I probably wouldn’t have picked one up. They look like just another chocolate-chocolate chip cookie. But the hype was real - they’re that special.
They are, Dorie says, a chocolate sablé, or a French shortbread cookie. They’re crumbly like shortbread, but with a deep chocolate flavor and big pockets of good chocolate throughout. I’m a fan of anything Dorie Greenspan – she’s one of those people I think of as my friend but only because I read her charming stories and think I know her the way I think I know Oprah. But these cookies, they might be my biggest Dorie Greenspan fangirl moment.
Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies
1 ¼ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon fleur de sel or ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 ounces best-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped into irregular sized bits
Sift the flour, cocoa, and baking soda together.
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, and homogenous, about 3 minutes. 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. Toss in the chocolate pieces and mix to incorporate. 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.
Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gather it together, kneading it if necessary to bring it together. Divide the dough in half. Shape the dough into logs that are 1 ½ inches in diameter. Don’t worry about the length — get the diameter right, and the length will follow. (If you get a hollow in the logs, just start over.) Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and freeze them for at least 2 hours or refrigerate them for at least 3 hours.
When you’re ready to bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Working with one log at a time and using a long, sharp knife, slice the dough into ½-inch-thick rounds. (The rounds might 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 2 inches between them. (If you’ve cut both logs, keep one baking sheet in the fridge while you bake the other.)
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 (Dorie thinks the texture’s more interesting at room temperature). Bake the remaining dough.
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