Tuesday, February 3, 2009

TWD: World Peace Cookies

World Peace is within our reach!


At least World Peace cookies are within reach, thanks to this TWD pick by Jess at cookbookhabit (visit Jess to get the recipe). These were a big hit with the TWD bakers, crumbly dough and all. I didn't have a problem with the dough, actually, and hardly a BHMOTW (bone head move of the week) worth mentioning (but will, just because it's a regular feature now).

These cookies were incredibly easy. I've occasionally had problems with the directions from the book "Baking from My Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan. Most of it is due to my limited culinary knowledge. Happily since baking with the TWDers that knowledge has grown, and these cookies were a success.

Although I love eating chocolate, I'm not as big of a fan of working with chocolate. It is messy and temperamental. Did I mention it is messy? Anyway, the chopping of the chocolate was the most difficult part. After that I was home free.

I did not purchase the fleur de sel sea salt that was recommended in the recipe. I didn't see it at my local store, though I did see it at my favorite cooking store in town (this is a very dangerous place - avoid if you don't want to spend hours of your time and many of your dollars on all the wonderful things they have for sale. And the staff there are so incredibly helpful!). Their price was about $14, and for 1/2 teaspoon I thought I'd skip it and go with sea salt. I cleverly used my Trader Joe's Sea Salt Crystals, and then put them through a sieve to get them extra fine. The salt taste wasn't super strong, but just enough to be intriguing. I like intriguing, so it worked for me.

Here it is - time for the BHMOTW. Not all of the salt made it out of the sieve. I moved on to other things. I forgot about the salt in the sieve and moved it. Here is the result (too bad you can't hear the sound of it falling like sand on the chocolate). Not nearly as bad as tossing a whole cake against a refrigerator, but it still made me laugh at myself.


I had no trouble getting the dough into logs (perhaps because I used Dutch processed cocoa which Dorie says may be the key to success here). I made the log smaller than I thought it should be, to compensate for my lack of math skills. Between the two - success! After an overnight in the refrigerator, the logs cut up nicely (a little crumble, but no big deal) and the house smelled soooooo good while the cookies were in the oven!


These were a huge hit with the co-workers, and me for that matter, so they will definitely be made again. I'd make them daily if I thought that they really would expand peace throughout the world. Unfortunately the only thing they would do is expand my waistline, I think.

9 comments:

Pollyanna said...

I think your cookies turned out beautiful. Lol about the expanding waist;)

Jess said...

Your cookies look great - laughing about the BHMOTW - I also have those at least weekly...

TeaLady said...

Love the pic on the world map. Very creative and quite appropriate. Great job on the cookies.

And we all have the BHMOTW.

TeaLady said...

I forgot my BHMOTW is in my post about Taco/Cheese bread.

Teanna said...

Hahahahah BHMOTW! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great cookies!

Rebecca said...

These look great! I thought this was an easy one, thank God. And I went with luxurious sea salt from Le Wal-Mart.

Leslie said...

I'm glad these were a thumbs up for you--they look great! I'm afraid to think about what they're doing to my waistline.

Pamela said...

They look fantastic!

Barbara said...

If only world peace were as easy as making these cookies! So true about the expanding waistline.