World Peace Cookies

July 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge fan of Smitten Kitchen. I subscribe to the RSS feed, have gone through the archives, and have a hundred recipes (or nearabouts) bookmarked. Most recipes I’ve tried have turned out awesome, the biggest disaster to date (technical, not taste-wise) was the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake (which actually has a much longer and much more technical name in reality).

Anyhoo, Deb goes on and on about how this one recipe for double chocolate chip cookies is totally awesome and to die for. I’m thinking, “right, they’re just cookies with chocolate and chocolate chip, how awesome CAN they be.” Still, I had a good 7 ounces of chocolate chips to finish up (leftover from the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Bread) and since the only other way they were going to finish was by me eating them off every time I was bored, I decided to just go ahead and bake something that would use them up, then foist the baked goods onto friends.

World Peace Cookies

Smitten Kitchen

Italics = My comments

Makes about 36 cookies (I can’t vouch for this yet. My count is a bit off considering I ate 1/2 the dough uncooked)

1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
11 tablespoons (150 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (120 grams) (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (normal salt works just fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 ounces (150 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or a generous 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips (I used seven ounces since that’s what I had to use up)

Mix the flour/baking soda/cocoa together. Beat the butter till it’s creamy, then add both the sugars as well as the vanilla extract and salt. Beat for about 2 more minutes. I did this by hand, but the recipe calls for a mixer.

Next, start adding in the flour mixture. I did this about half a cup at a time. The first cup or so was easy to mix in, then it got more and more difficult and the dough got very crumbly and tough to work with. At this point, I put in the chips and mixed as well as I could. I’m sure this would work a lot easier if you had some form of a food processor, which I didn’t have, and sorely need.

Take the dough out onto a work surface and divide it into half (believe me, it’s easier to work with that way). Then take each half, and roll it into logs about 1.5 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate, or freeze. The recipe says 3 hours in the fridge or half hour in freezer, but I froze them overnight before I baked them cookies the next day.

To bake, take out the log (15 minutes before you bake them) and cut the logs into 0.5 inch thick slices. They will crumble, and I was sure my cookies would look ugly, but don’t worry about the crumbling. Just put the dough back together and bake on cookie sheet/wax paper/whatever you have. The oven needs to be at 325 degrees, but since I have a crappy oven, it’s set on the highest temperature possible and it worked just fine.

Bake each batch for 12 minutes. When you pull them out, they will soft to the touch, but leave them out till they cool down a bit and then put them into a container.

I did all the baking part just before I went out with Naila for the evening (since I wanted to pass the no-electricity hour somehow) but only made six (since I wanted to see how they turned out first). Safdar tested one (while still warm) and declared them a success, Naila/Vex/Andre all said they were really good. Andre put in some requests for cookies/brownies which I might or might not honor and Naila said I’m very sughar now 🙂

Now you may have noticed that no where did I mention having eaten the baked cookies. Besides a small bit that Naila practically forced on me, I avoided the temptation. But, (and this is embarrassing) I did eat half the cookie dough in one sitting while watching “The Uninvited”. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, half the frikkin dough! Clearly I shall be baking the rest tomorrow and foisting them off on any remaining friends that I encounter tomorrow.

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