Tuesday, February 3, 2009

World Peace Cookies - Tuesdays with Dorie

world peace cookies on plate and cake stand

Dorie's World Peace cookies (AKA Korova Cookies) are probably the most-hyped recipe in her book. Which, of course, means that I've already made this recipe! ;) I made it over the Christmas holidays this year. Since I didn't take too many photographs then due to the frenzy of holiday baking, I was forced to make another batch (darn;) ) when Jessica of cookbookhabit chose them for this week's TWD recipe.

[recipe]

world peace cookies - one left on plate

They are really, really good. And I just ate two more of them. For research purposes only.

ingredients for cookies - mise en place

They are really quite simple cookies, so I think a lot of the success comes from using quality chocolate and cocoa powder to give the cookies a deep, complex flavor. And, of course, Dorie's secret ingredient: salt! This is fleur de sel that I got from the bulk section at Whole Foods:

fleur de sel

I actually doubled the salt that the recipe called for, but I still could have used more of a salt hit! I think I'll sprinkle some on top next time.

I could go so many ways in commenting on the next photo. I'll just keep it clean and say that yes, that is the ruler I keep in the kitchen at all times. ;)

dough in log with half inch marks for slices

So, what is the deal with slice-and-bake? Does it add to the texture rather than scooping them like chocolate chip cookies? I guess they're supposed to hold their shape more than mine did (not that their shape was very good after cutting!) I personally think that scooping is an easier method... but maybe it has to be this way, because there is no egg holding it together?

cookies about to be baked

Mmm, the chocolate just looks awesome to me in this pic:) My cookies spread a bit, so maybe I overcreamed the butter a little.

cookies just out of the oven

Here is the list of ingredients, in weight, with the nutrition data below. I've hidden the nutrition data behind a link that you have to click, but I'm pretty sure it'll only be hidden on my site and not in a feed reader... so be warned ;)


Ingredients:
156 g all-purpose flour (1 1/4 cups)
23 g cocoa powder, unsweetened (1/3 cup)
1/2 t baking soda
11 T unsalted butter (155 g)
150 g light brown sugar (2/3 cup packed)
50 g sugar (1/4 cup)
1/2 t fleur de sel, or 1/4 t fine sea salt
1 t vanilla extract
140 g bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips (5 oz)

[click for the rest of the recipe]

Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per cookie (I got 26 cookies total, so that's what I used to calculate, instead of Dorie's 36 yield)
[click to show or hide]


world peace cookies piled on cupcake pan

Thanks for a delicious pick, Jessica! The recipe is on her blog, so check it out along with the other TWD bakers' blogs!

37 comments:

natalia said...

Your cookies are so beautiful !! (as you can imagine I didn't click !)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What gorgeous cookies! Droolworthy...

Cheers,

Rosa

VeggieGirl said...

So scrumptious (very fitting for your blog, haha)!! Love the photo of the cookie dough log :-)

Sabrina said...

You did a lovely job! I wish I would've added more salt... and sprinkle salt on top too! I loved the hint of salt.

Cathy said...

I could go saltier as well, and will in fact add more salt next time. I'm glad you loved these! I think they totally live up to the hype. (Now for the broken record part) Your pictures are absolutely fabulous.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cookies look great! I love the pic with the cookies in the muffin tin! Very cool.

Rachel said...

The nutrition info did show up in my google reader...but compared to last week, they're practically diet food! They look lovely!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love these cookies! They're one of my faves. Yours turned out just great! As always, your photos are scrumptious! Well done!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh so delicious! i had the same thoughts about the unbaked log rinngin thru my not-so-clean mind! :)

Sara said...

Cookies look excellent. I would also add some extra salt next time. Mine also spread like that, not sure why. Maybe they weren't cold enough.

Di said...

Nice job! I like that you're adding the nutrition information. I'm with you--I find it much easier to just scoop the cookie dough, rather than do the slice and bake thing.

Teanna said...

Hahah "for research purposes only". I eat a lot of things with that same excuse! "But I just have to know what it tastes like so I can make it in the future!" hahaha! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cookies!

Maria said...

Gorgeous photos and cookies!! I love these!!

vibi said...

I can very well understand why you didn't rely on your rare and previous photos, and rebaked the cookies... darn. (Oh! no... not that the pictures weren't nice... but ya know... those cookies are so terrible! LOL)

They might be becoming my favorites of all time!

Beautiful (re)pictures, Kim! ...beautiful cookies! LOL

chocolatechic said...

Yeah...someone else that keeps a ruler in the kitchen at all times.

Jennifer said...

I always love your photos...you are so talented!

Isabelle said...

tes photos sont magnifiques ( comme d'habitude :) ) et rendent encore plus gourmands ces biscuits!

Katrina said...

Yours look delish. I love the nutrition facts! Thanks.

Engineer Baker said...

Research purposes, indeed. Sneaky sneaky! Beautiful looking cookies!

n.o.e said...

That's awfully considerate of you to find a way to shelter the nutritional facts from those of delicate sensibilities. Your cookies look great! When we made these, one batch spread and I just assumed it was that they got warm; maybe it was the butter creaming step??
Nancy

LyB said...

So much chocolaty goodness, I don't think I can take it! :) Your cookies look fantastic.

Judy@Judy's Gross Eats said...

Isn't research a wonderful thing? I was very careful when I photographed my log. Just because. Your cookies and photos look terrific.

spike. said...

being precise with the ruler pays off- these look beautiful

Jess said...

Bulk sea salt - why can't I have a Whole Foods nearby? Beautiful cookies - although I skimmed right by the nutrition data!

Anne said...

I know I always say this, but WOW, your photos are stunning! Those cookies look even better than they taste (which is saying a lot!) Great job Kim! :)

Carol Peterman said...

I think a nice sprinkle of salt on top would be a great addition to add a little more salt plus a nice crunch. I loved these cookies too much to look at the nutritional data; that could ruin everything.

pinkstripes said...

OMG. Are those calories per cookie??? My estimation was way off. I was thinking 50 calories. Oh well, they were certainly worth the calories. Your WP cookies look great.

AmyRuth said...

Gee Kim, so sorry you were forced to do more research to promote World Peace. MWwaa ha ha. I wearing my calorie blindfold. Don't want to know. This is my favorite recipe.... yes it is. he he
Thanks so much for stopping by
AmyRuth

happytummy said...

lovely, lovely cookies! and good for you for using a ruler. honestly, i think these cookies needed them--i wasn't prepared for how much they'd spread and flatten out when baked.

great job, and great pictures, of course! :)

Natashya said...

I love that last shot in the muffin tin! You are so creative.
We really liked these as well, not too sweet.

Erin said...

They look so pretty! I love your pictures!

The Food Librarian said...

Looks fantastic! Lovely lovely! I didn't know WF sold the salt in bulk....I'll be picking some up this weekend.

Maris said...

If I look at one more picture of these world peace cookies on the blogs i'm going to have to make them first thing tomorrow morning!

TeaLady said...

Your cookies look great. Love the pic on the old muffin pan. Makes them look even more rustic. I will have to check WF for the salt.

Pamela said...

Hey, Kim! I'm just catching up on my google reader, it's been a busy week! The cookies look great and I LOVE the pic in the muffin tin! Beautiful.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

That log looks perfect! Great photos!

CB said...

For the love of all things sweet and unhealthy, why would you provide nutritional values?? Esp if you tell me I shouldn't click if I don't wanna know b/c that just makes me click more. Seriously girl. Killing my cookie buzz. HAHA. Gorgeous pictures. Love the green with the chocolate cookies. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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