Today, we will be putting together some gifts for the teachers. We thought we’d package up some gift cards, bottles of wine, tins of tea, or bags of coffee beans with something homemade.
Of course, we know what everyone really wants….
Well, first, there’s your Christmas list…and then…and then…
Luckily, there is no more perfect cookie on the planet [especially a cookie to have with a cuppa] than Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies.
These are lovely dark sablés studded with small dark chocolate chunks and all dolled up with a sophisticated little hit of salt. Think basic black with diamond studs. Below, you’ll find our own adaptation of the recipe posted by “Genius” on Food52. The original recipe, of course, is from Greenspan’s most miraculous Baking: From My Home to Yours. If you’re looking for gift ideas for a most beloved baker, this book should certainly be on your list.
Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies [adapted]
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup plus tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur del sel
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate or a mix of both, chopped into small chunks or mini-chips.
- In a small bowl or on a sheet of parchment, sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.
- In a mixer, cream the butter on medium speed.
- Add the brown and white sugars, salt, and vanilla, and beat until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the flour mixture, beating on low, until just incorporated.
- Add the chocolate chunks and beat until just incorporated.
- Divide the dough in half.
- Turn the two dough balls out onto a clean flat surface and shape into 1 1/2-inch diamter logs.
- Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or flash-freeze for 45 minutes and then sit on counter for 5 minutes until just soft enough to slice.
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 325.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment.
- Using a sharp thin knife, slice each log into 1/2-inch thick rounds.
- Place cookies on baking sheets, 1 inch apart.
- If necessary, smush any broken cookies back together.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will still be soft to the touch.
- Slide cookies on their parchment onto wire racks and cool.
And, am I still obsessed with having a hot pink Christmas ? You betcha!
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D.G., we are forever in your debt. You are our kitchen Santa. You bring joy…and…