Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies, from Baking: From My Home to Yours
Why are these little unassuming chocolate nuggets called ‘world peace’ cookies? It is a legitimate question, and I have a few theories, but the point to focus on is the melt-on-your-tongue, salty, bittersweet sensation that is fleur de sel spiked double dark chocolate shortbread.
This recipe immediately brought my sister to mind because often when I ask her what sort of treat she would like, she replies with “chocolate”. I would go so far as to say this is the ultimate dark chocolate cookie for adults; smooth Dutch processed cocoa (my own tweak), chopped bittersweet chocolate, and a lingering mouthwatering saltiness from a generous dash of sea salt.
As for the name, it may have something to do with the fact that as you slice the cookies, they tend to want to frustrate you and fall into pieces on the board. Thankfully Greenspan writes an encouraging note in the recipe, telling us not to be concerned and “just squeeze the bits back onto each cookie”. The finished cookies also slightly resembles a small globe, with their round shape and dark chucks of chocolate studding the surface. Whatever the origin, I love that the name is almost as memorable as soft moist texture and deep rich flavour of the shortbread itself.