Grab Your Coffee and Come on Over…

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I have some scrumptious chocolate cookies, fresh out of the oven to share! But first, won’t you please, please, please stop by Culinate and vote for me in the Death by Chocolate contest? I’ve explained all about it here, but the bottom line is that when you vote for your favorite entry (HOPEFULLY, ME!), you will also be entered in the contest yourself. One blogger AND one reader (HOPEFULLY, YOU!) will each win a trip for two to Napa! How cool is that!

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To make the voting easy, all you have to do is click on the button below. Then, come on over for some rich, dark, fudgy World Peace Cookies.

Come back tomorrow for some Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese Pie!

World Peace Cookies
Paris Sweets, Dorie Greenspan
Printable Version

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, 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 vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or a generous ¾ cup store-bought mini chocolate chips

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, 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 to protect yourself and your kitchen from flying flour and pulse the mixer at low speed about 5 times, a second or two each time. 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 — for the best texture, work the dough as little as possible once the flour is added, and don’t be concerned if the dough looks a little crumbly. 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. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. If you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking — just slice the logs into cookies and bake the cookies 1 minute longer.)

Center a rack in the oven and 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.
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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, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature.
The cookies can be eaten when they are warm or at room temperature.
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Packed airtight, cookies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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Enjoy!

9 responses to Grab Your Coffee and Come on Over…

  1. On February 06, 2008 at 2:09pm, ryles said...

    Shhhhh… Don’t tell anyone..

    But..

    I just spent the last hour.. (at work!) reading your blog..

    Oh the inspiration I recieved!!

    You posts all look beautiful!

    I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    http://www.thatsmycake.net

  2. On February 06, 2008 at 3:12pm, Brilynn said...

    It’s been too long since I last made these cookies, they’re amazing!

  3. On February 06, 2008 at 7:47pm, Kevin said...

    Those chocolate cookies look really good!

  4. On February 06, 2008 at 8:24pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Ryles- Thank you so much! Your secret is safe with me! ;)

    I’m so glad you enjoyed what you found here. Please come back anytime.

    Brilynn- I agree. They’re one of my favorites.

    Kevin- Thanks! They are really good. You should try them.

  5. On February 07, 2008 at 9:12am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    These cookies are really irresistible!

  6. On February 07, 2008 at 10:05am, bleeding espresso said...

    Espresso’s on and when it starts gurgling, I’ll be over ;)

  7. On February 07, 2008 at 7:46pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Patricia- Thanks! I only wish I could take credit for the recipe.;)

    Michelle- Woo hoo! Authentic Italian espresso! I can’t wait! :0

  8. On February 09, 2008 at 2:42pm, getinmybelly said...

    I left your blog a few nights ago, drooling over the picture of those chocolate cookies. I tried the recipe and it didn’t turn out as nicely as I had hoped (texture, especially). Still, it was delicious, the perfect treat for the torturous chocolate craving I had that day.

  9. On February 12, 2008 at 12:12pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Getinmybelly- I’m sorry that they didn’t turn out well for you. :(
    I always make sure that the dough is really cold before I bake them. It keeps them from getting too flat. Did you sift the cocoa and flour?

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