World Peace Cookies

World Peace Cookies
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  • Yield: 3 dozens

These cookies were named by one of Dorie Greenspan’s friends who said a daily dose of them is all that’s needed for planetary peace and happiness.

Ingredients

1 1/4cups all-purpose flour
1/3cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2cup (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons, unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3cup packed light brown sugar
1/4cup sugar
1/4teaspoon fine sea salt
1teaspoon vanilla extract
5ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks, or a generous 3/4 cup store-bought mini-chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda.
  2. Beat butter until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, salt and vanilla and beat just until blended.  Turn off mixer; add flour mixture and beat at low speed just until flour is mixed into dough.  Dough may look crumbly.  Add chocolate pieces and mix to incorporate.
  3. Divide dough in half. Shape each potion into a 9-inch log and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  4. Preheat oven to 325F.
  5. Cut logs into 1/2-inch slices. If dough crumbles, squeeze back together. Arrange cookies 1-inch apart on parchment or silicone mat-lined cookie sheets.  Bake one sheet at a time 12 minutes.  (The cookies won’t be firm or look done, but that’s the way they should be.) Place cookie sheet on wire rack and cool until cookies are warm.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adapted with permission from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

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