Tuesday, July 13, 2010

World Peace Cookies

Demented name - amazingly delicious cookie.  These would stop a row at 500 yards as you couldn't possibly be grumpy with a mouthful of these chocolate crumbly discs of loveliness!  These were actually one of the highlights of my own personal Twookieparty experience

World Peace Cookies

175g Plain Flour
30g Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
150g Butter - leave out of the fridge for at least 30 mins before using
120g Light Brown Sugar
50g Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Fleur de Sel or 1/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
150g Plain Chocolate, chopped into small chips/chunks

Sift the flour, cocoa & baking powder together into a bowl.

In a food processor, beat the butter until soft & creamy.  Add both sugars, salt & vanilla extract and beat for another 2 minutes.

Pour in the flour and pulse the mixer at low speed for a second or two, about 4-5 times.  Now mix at low speed for 30 seconds until the flour disappears into the dough. Basically, you want to keep the dough a bit crumbly and not over-work it.  Toss in the chocolate pieces & mix very lightly just to incorporate them.

Now spread a large sheet of cling film onto your work surface.  Put half of the dough on the clingfilm and wrap it, forming it into a long log shape about 1.5 inches in diameter.  Repeat with the other half of the dough and stick it in the fridge for at least 3 hours to allow it to firm.

Yes, it's not the most attractive looking parcel...

When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 160c/325f/Gas Mark 4.  Take your dough out of the fridge.

Line two baking sheets with parchment and unwrap the dough logs.  Using a very sharp knife, slice them into 1/2 inch rounds.  Don't stress if they crack or crumble (they will...).  Just squish them into place with your finger and thumb, and place on the baking sheet about an inch apart.

Bake them for 12 minutes.  They won't look ready or firm, but they actually are.  Leave them on the sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling fully. 

They won't last long, so you might want to double up on quantities and freeze half for later...

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