Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Kindness of Strangers

So it's cranking here at the wine shack, it's 2pm and I haven't had anything to eat since my 9am apple. My blood sugar has dropped below the limits set by my body for civil behavior to others. Meltdown is moments away, reason is being abandoned, and physical attacks against customers are an all too real possibility. Then, out of nowhere, my savior appears in the form of Cory, who bestowed the chocolatey discs of deliciousness that you see to the left. Now I've never met Cory before, but somehow she divined my desperation. Apparently she lives in the neighborhood, reads my occasional rants in this space, and wanted to share her particular skill set and thought I might like these. Um, Cory...when you read this...I LOVE these! For a stranger to do something like that is pretty awesome, but when that stranger just had a new baby a week ago, and somehow found time between recovering from childbirth, feeding and changing the baby, not sleeping, and keeping track of her other kid, I've gotta say I'm pretty knocked out. So Cory, since sharing is caring, bring me your cookie recipe to post here, because these are SO good that I think others would enjoy them, don't you? Oh, and thanks!

Cory came through on her comment below, but to save you a couple clicks, here's the recipe:

World Peace Cookies
(Chocolate chunk butter cookies with sea salt)
from Dorie Geenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon pure vanilla
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or a generous 3/4 cup store-bought mini-chocolate chips


Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, the salt and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes more.

Turn off the mixer. Pour in the dry ingredients, drape a kitchen towel over the stand mixer to protect yourself and your kitchen from flying flour and pulse the mixer at low speed about 5 times, a second or two each time. Take a peek; if a lot of flour is still on the surface of the dough, pulse a couple of times more; if not, remove the towel. Continuing at low speed, mix for about 30 seconds more, just until the flour disappears into the dough. For the best texture, work the dough as little as possible once the flour is added, and don't be concerned if the dough looks a little crumbly. Toss in the chocolate pieces and mix only to incorporate.

Turn the dough out onto a work surface, gather it together and divide it in half. Working with one half at a time, shape the dough into logs that are 11/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 3 hours. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. If you've frozen the dough, you needn't defrost it before baking -- just slice the logs into cookies and bake the cookies 1 minute longer.)

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

Using a sharp, thin knife, slice the logs into rounds that are 1/2 inch thick. (The rounds are likely to crack as you're cutting them; don't be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto each cookie.) Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them.

Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 12 minutes -- they won't look done, nor will they be firm, but that's just the way they should be; they'll firm up and become more sandy-crumbly as they cool. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the cookies rest until they are only just warm, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature.


Cory said...

Glad you enjoyed them. My friends liked their wine, too. And, my Mom is visiting which makes cookie baking/wine shopping possible.

Recipe for World Peace cookies is from Dorie Greenspan's _Baking_ book which I highly, highly recommend. The Oregonian posted the recipe when she was in town last December.

bb said...

Thanks Cory...I'll get the recipe up. Tell mom I appreciate her visit, too!