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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

TWD: World Peace Cookies

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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.

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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!

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Many thanks to Jessica from cookbookhabit for choosing this great recipe. You can also find lots more of these decadent World Peace Cookies by checking out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll.

65 comments:

The Duo Dishes said...

Hmm, what can cocoa and butter not cure?

joanne at frutto della passione said...

I can already see my son's reaction to these! (of course I won't be eating them at all). Can't wait to try them.

Tangled Noodle said...

Cookies that look and sound as good as these should be posted numerous times! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Butterball said...

With that much butter you will for sure save the world! Me being a chocoholic you are aiding my addiction!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Hi Susan!

Glorious cookies so dainty...chocolate and photos are a must...they're calling my name, right now!
All the best with a rapid recovery for you!

Gera

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great looking cookies! These were so yummy.

Jules Someone said...

Ok, seriously, if you didn't say anything, we'd never know. Nice cookies!

spike. said...

Great pics! hope your ankle is mending quickly

Jodie said...

Hope your ankle is better soon! I loved these, too!

Maria said...

These are my favorite!! Yours look fabulous!! I hope your ankle is doing better!

Meg said...

Yum!!! You would definitely have to keep me out of this dough!

Teanna said...

How absolutely gorgeous are your cookies?! I hope that you are feel better soon... so you can make some more of these delicious cookies!

Robin said...

great pictures - no one would have known that you didn't bake them this week! (maybe a batch of them would speed your recovery? ;-) )

Ingrid said...

Hope you're on the mend & I'm certain everyone totally gets that you can't be whipping up cookies right now.
~ingrid

Amy said...

These are some of my favorites, too! I've made them before as well! I just can't stay away! ;-) Great pics, as always!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Cathy said...

If you didn't tell us these were "old pictures," we'd never know! They look gorgeous! These have assumed their rightful place as the favorite cookies in my house, too. I hope that your ankle gets better soon!

Karen said...

lovely photos! They look delicious! I bet everyone will let you off the hook at least this once. :)

Banjo said...

Beautiful pictures.... and what a great recipe! Loved em!

LyB said...

Oh, Susan your cookies look fabulous! I hope you feel better soon and get to bake up a batch of these babies. That might be just what you need. ;)

chocolatechic said...

Gorgeous cookies.

veron said...

Ah, sables are one of my absolute favorites too! Real chocolate flavor through and through.

Jamie said...

Beautiful cookies and pics!

vibi said...

Good! You took a break, Susan!
You deserve it... have another cookie why don't you!??? LOL LOL LOL
They are the best, aren't they!?

No wonder you've made them many times... I've just discovered them!

Very well done, as usual...

n.o.e said...

I didn't make them specially for this week's post either, as they are old favorites of ours also. And I don't even have your good excuse! But I'm finding it hard to read all these posts and look at all the pictures -- I want a cookie now!
Nancy

5 Star Foodie said...

Those cookies look scrumptious!

Pamela said...

Great pictures! I love the way you did them in the Christmas tin. These will definitely be repeated soon.

Jennifer said...

Your cookies look awesome!!!!!

Grace said...

yes...that's the kind of bite i like to take. the bigger the better, especially when chocolate (and lots of buttah) is involved.

Jennifer said...

I loved these, too.
So sorry about your ankle! That's awful.

Linda said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle --- I hope you get back on your feet soon. I'm going to miss your fantastic posts in the meantime!

Gabe's Girl said...

I loved the dough, too. Very lovely work!

Manggy said...

Oh goodness, of course it's okay! I'd be madder if you totally tortured yourself by forcing yourself to make these on a bad ankle!

AmyRuth said...

I'll bet any number of the TWD bakers would mail you some more cookies for your recovery if only we knew where???? Hmmmm Surely, that ankle would heal faster with a good dose of chocolate :-) What do ya say? Your cookies look delicious and they are seriously dangerous to my lower extremities. he he
I absolutley think they are the best cookie ever. Certainly in this book. Thank you for stopping by and leaving kind words.
AmyRuth

Engineer Baker said...

I hope you heal up quickly! I've made these nearly as many times as you, but it's fun - I can't stand to make them the same way twice :)

Steph said...

I love how your cookies look so soft.

Steph said...

I love how your cookies look so soft.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm absolutely making these next week. Just finished making a large batch of a bastardization of Dorie's Chocolate almond biscotti.

Darius T. Williams said...

Gotta love these types of cookies, right?

Heather B said...

I wish mine looked as good as yours! I hope your feel better soon!

Kevin said...

Those cookies look really good!

TeaLady said...

Well, since you said PLEEEEEEZE. They would make great gifts. Look great.

Brilynn said...

These are some of my favourites too... I just might have to bake some tomorrow.

rainbowbrown said...

A very nice favorite cookie indeed. Hope you're feeling more up and up next week.

Maddy said...

i forgot about these cookies! These are ny dad's favorite! Yours look great!

CookiePie said...

Love love LOVE the World Peace Cookies! Some friends and my mom threw me a baby shower over the weekend, and I requested WP cookies to be on the menu! And yours look perfect, of course :)

Judy said...

I definitely agree that these cookies are wonderful and worth baking many times. Hope you're back in business very soon.

Jin Hooi said...

Hope u r feeling better soon .. and yeah agree with u, the cookies are beautiful !!

Babette said...

Love the cookies, love your photos!

NĂºria said...

Are they really so simple to bake? Then, these will be my first cookies :D. I should get all ingredients ready and bake some over the weekend... will they last until Monday?

Hope your ankle gives you no pain and you are back to baking soon :D

Michele said...

The name alone makes me want to make these cookies! They look great! I can't wait to try them!

Heather said...

I think it would be very hard to not eat the raw dough, but I've never claimed to be a patient woman. :D

leanne said...

Beautiful pictures. Hope your ankle heals quick so you can get back to baking cookies

kim said...

they look wonderful! i think it totally counts to use your old pics:) hope your ankle is healing fast!

Jill said...

Your photos are great! I think some cookies would help you heal faster.

Jess said...

With those fantastic photos, I would totally let you squeak by! Although I'm pretty sure the antioxidant chocolate is good for healing, or something.

pinkstripes said...

Your cookies look great.
Wishing you a speedy recovery...

MaryBeth said...

The cookies look great...I would love to see world peace 1 cookie at a time.

Erin said...

Your cookies look great! Hope you feel better :)

Leslie said...

Yummy! I wish we could send you some of these...I bet they'd heal your ankle quickly!

'Megan' said...

they look like heaven

TeaLady said...

Yummy! looking cookies.

Di said...

Your cookies look great, whether they were freshly made or not. =) I love Scharffen Berger chocolate, mmm. I hope your ankle is healing quickly.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Hope your ankle is healing quickly! Your cookies look fabulous and how nice to pull something from the archives while you're resting! Wonderful photos.

Nicole said...

Oh my word!!!!! I must try these. Surely if we all had them available every day there would be world peace!

joanne at frutto della passione said...

My son had a friend over on Sunday afternoon and I made these cookies for them. I overheard this while they were eating:
Friend: Can your mom teach my mom how to make these?
My son: Probably, but if you tell my mom you like them and give her a hug, she'll make more.