February 2, 2009

World Peace Cookies (TWD)

Oh, Dorie, if only we could bring about world peace through cookies! Our little TWD group would be the biggest peacemakers of all.

Yes, this week, my fellow bakers and I are blogging about Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies. I won't tell the story behind the name as I know many of the other bloggers will do so and it's in the book (buy the book! you won't regret it!). But if you believe sharing good food can great good will, then you get the idea.


This was my third batch of World Peace Cookies. The previous two times, I was frustrated by the dough's crumbly-ness and ended up cursing a lot as I tried to slice the logs into neat circles. So this time, I tweaked. I added an extra tablespoon of butter and subtracted two tablespoons of flour. Yes, the dough was easier to form into logs and to slice. But, I also learned why it's hard to mess around with baking recipes. While not a flop by any means, the cookies seemed a bit too buttery, almost verging on, dare I say it, greasy. They also spread more than the original version and were therefore thinner and crisper. And I didn't like them much more than the previous attempts, when I was less-than-enamored of their sandy texture. Don't get me wrong, I can still easily pack in a handful or so because, after all, they are made with lots of chocolate. But I generally prefer my cookies on the chewy or cakey side or more like shortbread. Thin and crisp is not my thing. But if YOU like thin & crisp cookies, then these will work great for you.


These cookies incorporate a healthy dose of fleur de sel, which I love. I even sprinkled more fleur de sel on top before baking. Mmm...salty and sweet together...so good. I am such a fan of adding a good amount of salt to your sweets.


I also decided to make another change - mostly for visual purposes - and use white chocolate instead of dark chocolate chips. It worked nicely, though they did come out a bit sweeter.


If you'd like to try your own hand at encouraging world peace one cookie at a time, head over to Jessica's blog and check out the recipe.

Peace out, fellow bakers. :)

10 comments:

chocolatechic said...

I cut mine ½ inch thick and they didn't thin out.


I am so sorry you didn't enjoy them.

Teanna said...

Oh no, sorry about the butter! But at least you tried! Altering baked goods are tough! They still look good, though!

Jamie said...

I also added more butter and subtracted salt...yours look tasty even if they are not at the top of your list! :)

vibi said...

Too bad... but they turned out beautiful anyways, Kitty... just as nice as the pictures... which are worth working a quadrant for, really!

Very nicely done!

...Hope you got my mail; I'll be back! LOL

Bria said...

Your cookies look good still! I love the milk bottle in the background. We can't get glass milk bottles in Australia.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Thanks for sharing your tweaks with us even though you didn't like them as much. Very interesting!

Jess said...

Those look wonderful - especially next to the cute milk bottles. I took out 1 TB flour myself but now I think it was just mixing it a little more that did the trick.

Carol Peterman said...

Salty and sweet can't be beat!I think I think that could be a political protest chant. Maybe, "Salty and sweet can't be beat, World Peace (cookies) now!"

Leslie said...

Playing around with the recipe sometimes pays off and sometimes not. I hope it rewards you next time!

TeaLady said...

Peace out, Ellen. I haven't heard that one in a while. I like my cookies both ways, but yours look great. Sorry, you didn't like them.