What could be better than a cookie recipe entitled “World Peace?” A chocolate cookie recipe titled “World Peace,” that’s what! These cookies are sweet enough for any holiday occasion without going overboard on sugar…the perfectly peaceful combination you can feel good indulging in!
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (or half whole wheat flour)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar of choice
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or ¾ cup bittersweet mini chocolate chips
1. Sift flour, cocoa and baking soda together.
2. Working with a stand or handheld mixer in a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, salt and vanilla and beat for two more minutes.
3. Turn off mixer. Pour in dry ingredients and pulse mixer at low speed for a few seconds, about five times. Mix for about 30 seconds more, just until all flour is incorporated. Add chocolate pieces or chips and mix only to incorporate. (Dough should be worked as little as possible for best texture.)
4. Turn dough our onto a work surface, gather together and divide in half. Working with one half at a time, shape dough into logs and 1 ½ inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours (or up to three days).
5. To bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
6. Using a sharp, thin knife, slice the logs into rounds that are ½ inch thick. Arrange on the baking sheets, leaving about one inch between them.
7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 12 minutes (they won’t look done, nor will they be firm, but that’s as they should be). Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let rest until only just warm, then carefully remove the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Store in airtight cookie tin.
One Healthy Breakdown: these cookies are sure to create some peace and quiet in your house this holiday season, enjoy!
Recipe submitted by Emily Herrick, adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours