For a more peaceful world you can't eat just any cookie, it must be a "World Peace" cookie. According to the cookies' creator, Dorie Greenspan, her delicious treats were named by a neighbor. He said, "If everyone in the world could have these cookies, there would be planetary peace." She hopes he's right, but says "While I can’t promise they will bring the world the peace we so need, they always brings joy. I’ve been making these cookies for over 20 years. And for all these years, I’ve believed in the power of these cookies to heal. If ever we needed peace, joy, healing and cookies, it’s now."
I can't just tell you about these amazing cookies without giving you the recipe. Please make them. They're so good you'll cry when you eat them.
World Peace Cookies (recipe from splendidtable.org):
Makes: approximately 36 cookies
Cooking time: 12 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chip-size bits, or an equal amount of store bought chocolate mini-chips
- Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together and keep close at hand.
- Working in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until it is soft and creamy. (Alternatively, you can make the dough by hand using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.)
- Add both sugars, the salt and the vanilla extract. Beat for 2 minutes more.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the sifted dry ingredients (from step 1.), mixing only until they are incorporated (the dough may look crumbly, but that’s fine.) For the best texture, you want to work the dough as little as possible once the flour is added.
- Add the chocolate pieces and mix only to incorporate.
- Turn the dough out onto a smooth work surface, divide it in half, gather it together and, working with one half at a time, shape the dough into a log that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
- Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours or for up to 3 days.
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line two baking sheets
- Working with a sharp thin-bladed knife, slice rounds that are 1/2 inch thick (the rounds often crack as you’re cutting them – don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto the cookie)
- Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets leaving about 1 inch of spread space between each round and slide one of the sheets into the oven. Bake the cookies 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
- Repeat steps 10-12 with the second log of cookie dough
- The dough can be made ahead and either chilled or frozen. If you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking – let it warm just enough so that you can slice the rounds and bake the cookies 1 minute longer.
- Packed airtight, baked cookies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.
In case you're curious about the cookie's creator, here's Dorie with her hubby Michael.
photo: Facebook/Dorie Greenspan
She has five James Beard Awards and won the Cookbook of the Year Award twice. Needless to say Dorie's an excellent baker and chef. You can learn more about her here.
Thinking About Peace
When I think about a peaceful world, I don't just think about peace for humanity. I think about animals too. There's so much violence against innocent animals. It breaks my heart.
One of my favorite animals (although I truly love all animals) is the zebra. I'm inexplicably drawn to their dazzling stripes and elegant presence.
I created Zebra Swirl Loafers to pay homage to this beautiful creature.
Your Turn . . .
Please let me know if you make World Peace cookies. I'd love to hear what you think!