Thrilled. Giddy. Hands-clapping-Toes-tapping excited.
That was me upon seeing World Peace Cookies on the list for TWD. Thanks to Jessica of Cookbookhabit for selecting these little bites of bliss. When I first read Dorie's cookbook over a year ago, I was intrigued by the history of these cookies--the lineage from Dorie to Pierre--and the nickname (the cookies were originally called Korova cookies in Dorie's book Paris Sweets) made me yearn for a taste.
I raided my cupboards and fridge for the finest ingredients since the cookies are so simple: Valrhona cocoa powder and chopped chocolate for a French connection; Organic Valley Pasture Butter for a taste of the Dairyland state; and crushed Maldon salt for a bit of Great Britain. Wordly cookies, indeed.
French chocolate, in honor of Dorie and Pierre
I mixed up the dough on Saturday afternoon as I prepared a talk on local foods (the irony is not lost on me), and then baked them Sunday afternoon between my successful talk and a long walk along the lake and through the puddles of melted snow. Once again, the smell of warm chocolate wafted through the house and brought a smile to my face.
one sweet world peace cookie
I waited, patiently, for the cookies to cool. And then sampled one.
And one more.
My only quibble with World Peace Cookies is how utterly addictive they are. The hint of salt elevates the chocolate and provides a delightful counterpoint. Subtle, but noticeable. Very seductive.
I had another narrative composed in my head, and all day I was looking forward to writing my entry about these sweet, sultry cookies with mythical powers. And somewhere between the guest radio spot, the aching neck muscles, the attempts to describe wikis and blogs to college freshmen, and reading the heartbreaking story "Only Goodness" by Jhumpa Lahiri, my ideal post slipped away...
...but the delightful cookies remain, and the blissful sense of well-being as I pop another one in my mouth, testing its pairing with pinot noir (very good).
i would never eat this many cookies at once...