TWD: World Peace Cookies

Monday, February 2, 2009

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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.

64 responses to TWD: World Peace Cookies

  1. On February 02, 2009 at 11:26pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    Hmm, what can cocoa and butter not cure?

  2. On February 03, 2009 at 4:20am, 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.

  3. On February 03, 2009 at 7:27am, Tangled Noodle said...

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

  4. On February 03, 2009 at 7:35am, Butterball said...

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

  5. On February 03, 2009 at 8:34am, 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

  6. On February 03, 2009 at 8:52am, Kimberly Johnson said...

    Great looking cookies! These were so yummy.

  7. On February 03, 2009 at 9:05am, Jules Someone said...

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

  8. On February 03, 2009 at 9:07am, spike. said...

    Great pics! hope your ankle is mending quickly

  9. On February 03, 2009 at 9:12am, Jodie said...

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

  10. On February 03, 2009 at 9:28am, Maria said...

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

  11. On February 03, 2009 at 9:34am, Meg said...

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

  12. On February 03, 2009 at 9:37am, 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!

  13. On February 03, 2009 at 9:48am, 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? ;-) )

  14. On February 03, 2009 at 10:08am, 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

  15. On February 03, 2009 at 10:33am, 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
    http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

  16. On February 03, 2009 at 10:41am, 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!

  17. On February 03, 2009 at 10:43am, Karen said...

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

  18. On February 03, 2009 at 11:20am, Banjo said...

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

  19. On February 03, 2009 at 11:29am, 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. ;)

  20. On February 03, 2009 at 11:48am, chocolatechic said...

    Gorgeous cookies.

  21. On February 03, 2009 at 11:55am, veron said...

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

  22. On February 03, 2009 at 12:09pm, Jamie said...

    Beautiful cookies and pics!

  23. On February 03, 2009 at 12:19pm, 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…

  24. On February 03, 2009 at 1:10pm, 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

  25. On February 03, 2009 at 1:22pm, 5 Star Foodie said...

    Those cookies look scrumptious!

  26. On February 03, 2009 at 1:24pm, Pamela said...

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

  27. On February 03, 2009 at 1:40pm, Jennifer said...

    Your cookies look awesome!!!!!

  28. On February 03, 2009 at 2:07pm, 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.

  29. On February 03, 2009 at 2:17pm, Jennifer said...

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

  30. On February 03, 2009 at 2:25pm, 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!

  31. On February 03, 2009 at 5:13pm, Gabe's Girl said...

    I loved the dough, too. Very lovely work!

  32. On February 03, 2009 at 5:21pm, 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!

  33. On February 03, 2009 at 6:52pm, 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

  34. On February 03, 2009 at 7:00pm, 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 :)

  35. On February 03, 2009 at 7:44pm, Steph said...

    I love how your cookies look so soft.

  36. On February 03, 2009 at 8:22pm, 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.

  37. On February 03, 2009 at 9:00pm, Darius T. Williams said...

    Gotta love these types of cookies, right?

  38. On February 03, 2009 at 9:36pm, Heather B said...

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

  39. On February 03, 2009 at 10:04pm, Kevin said...

    Those cookies look really good!

  40. On February 03, 2009 at 10:06pm, TeaLady said...

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

  41. On February 03, 2009 at 10:13pm, Brilynn said...

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

  42. On February 03, 2009 at 10:13pm, rainbowbrown said...

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

  43. On February 03, 2009 at 11:42pm, Maddy said...

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

  44. On February 04, 2009 at 12:27am, 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 :)

  45. On February 04, 2009 at 12:49am, Judy said...

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

  46. On February 04, 2009 at 4:51am, Jin Hooi said...

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

  47. On February 04, 2009 at 7:18am, Babette said...

    Love the cookies, love your photos!

  48. On February 04, 2009 at 8:42am, Núria 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

  49. On February 04, 2009 at 10:05am, Michele said...

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

  50. On February 04, 2009 at 12:19pm, 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

  51. On February 04, 2009 at 1:35pm, leanne said...

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

  52. On February 04, 2009 at 2:51pm, kim said...

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

  53. On February 04, 2009 at 4:33pm, Jill said...

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

  54. On February 04, 2009 at 5:40pm, 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.

  55. On February 04, 2009 at 6:26pm, pinkstripes said...

    Your cookies look great.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery…

  56. On February 04, 2009 at 6:36pm, MaryBeth said...

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

  57. On February 04, 2009 at 8:12pm, Erin said...

    Your cookies look great! Hope you feel better :)

  58. On February 04, 2009 at 10:54pm, Leslie said...

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

  59. On February 07, 2009 at 1:49pm, 'Megan' said...

    they look like heaven

  60. On February 07, 2009 at 9:57pm, TeaLady said...

    Yummy! looking cookies.

  61. On February 08, 2009 at 10:39am, 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.

  62. On February 08, 2009 at 10:57am, 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.

  63. On February 15, 2009 at 11:18pm, Nicole said...

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

  64. On February 25, 2009 at 3:37am, 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.

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