I’m not sure how far these chocolate sablés go in promoting World Peace but they certainly helped in maintaing my inner peace and sanity after a long, emotionally challenging week. The famous cookie, created by Pierre Hermé, gained international acclaim when it got published in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking:From My Home To Yours and from there, on innumerable food blogs as Korova Cookies or World Peace Cookies.

It makes me so happy to finally have them on my blog, and more importantly, in my kitchen. They smell incredible; their intense chocolatey smell is likely to linger in my [now empty] cookie jar for days. The crumbly texture along with the fleur de sel specks make it a memorable cookie experience to be shared with friends and foes alike. Here’s to world peace, guys!

WORLD PEACE COOKIES

Ingredients:

175 g all-purpose flour

30 g unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

150 g unsalted butter

180 g light brown sugar

50 g sugar

1/2 tsp fleur de sel or 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

150 g bittersweet chocolate

Method:

  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Bring butter to room temperature.

  • Beat butter with sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Carefully add 1/3 of the flour mixture.

  • Carefully work the remaining flour and chocolate bits into the creamed mixture until no traces of flour remain.

  • Try to handle dough to a minimum. Shape into 2 logs and wrap in cling film. Keep in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 160oC and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take logs out of refrigerator and unwrap.

  • Slice each log into 1/2 inch thick discs and place on prepared baking sheet with at least 1 inch gap between discs.

  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before transfering to cookie jar.
  • Store in an airtight container for upto 1 week. Dough can be frozen for upto 2 months. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Peace & Love