I have two confessions to make. The first is that this week's TWD recipe selection for World Peace Cookies is one of my very favorite cookie recipes ever. I make them quite often, as recently as this past December for Christmas, and I've even posted about them before. My second confession is that I did not make them this week. With my ankle still in a cast from my recent mishap, I just wasn't up to baking cookies this week - even these cookies. However, since I have baked World Peace Cookies about a dozen times in the past and already had some pretty nice photos of them, I was really hoping you'd all let me squeak by this week. Pullllease???
These cookies were originally a creation of the incomparable Pierre Herme. They are a butter-rich, sandy-textured, slice and bake member of the sable family. These little babies are made with silky, smooth cocoa powder and are chock full of deep, dark bittersweet chocolate chunks, with the merest hint of saltiness from a little fleur de sel.
This recipe was first printed in Dorie's, Paris Sweets, and again in Baking From My Home to Yours. Originally called Korova Cookies, they were dubbed World Peace Cookies by a neighbor of Dorie's, who claimed that, "A daily dose of Pierre's cookies is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness."
Oh, if only it were that simple. If only a delicious chocolate cookie could be the catalyst for peace!
The dough for these cookies is super simple to make with a mixer and one bowl. The dough is rolled into two logs and chilled until very firm. Then, each log is sliced into rounds which are then baked. The hardest part of making these cookies is keeping yourself from diving into that dough and eating it raw!