World Peace Cookies

I’m no Miss Congeniality and today’s not World Peace Day either but it doesn’t stop me from baking these intense chocolate-flavoured cookies. Just what we need for some comfort.

This recipe is taken from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from my home to yours and the cookies are the brainchild of the Parisian pastry chef Pierre Herme. It’s delicious and if you are a fan of dark chocolate, you absolutely have to bake these.

Ingredients (makes 36 cookies)

•    1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
•    1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
•    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•    11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
•    2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
•    1/4 cup sugar
•    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
•    5 ounces extra-bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 85% cacao), chopped (no pieces bigger than 1/3 inch)

Preparation

•    Sift flour, cocoa, and baking soda into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth but not fluffy. Add both sugars, vanilla, and sea salt; beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended (mixture may be crumbly). Add chopped chocolate; mix just to distribute (if dough doesn’t come together, knead lightly in bowl to form ball). Divide dough in half. Place each half on sheet of plastic wrap. Form each into 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Wrap each in plastic; chill until firm, about 3 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep chilled.

•    Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using thin sharp knife, cut logs crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies appear dry (cookies will not be firm or golden at edges), 11 to 12 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

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