Monday, May 26, 2014

Home of the Free

Land of the free, home of the brave...
What better recipe to share than the one and only World Peace Cookie?
An oldie but a true fact I have students and co-workers begging me for these on the daily.
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 total tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
5 oz bittersweet chocolate-chopped or chips
Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda-sift. If you've noticed, I try to cut out unnecessary steps-and sifting is one of them.  I mixed the dry ingredients with a fork and tried to rid the mix of any lumps and bumps. 
 Beat the butter.
 Add in the sugars, salt and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes
Slowly add in the dry ingredients-mix as minimal as possible.  You will work with the dough by hand, so it's ok if the flour is not mixed in perfectly.  Plus, the less the dough is handled, the better.  
Mix the chocolate chips-just until blended
Place the dough on a workable surface and roll into a 1 1/2 in in diameter log and wrap in cellophane.
 The directions say to refrigerate for 3 hours, however-I don't usually have time to do that, especially not today when I made this on a whim.  So I wrapped it and froze it.  
It was frozen within an hour and a half.  
Use a sharp knife to cut the log into 1/2 inch pieces.  
The dough does not have to defrost before baking, just bake for one minute longer-325 for 12 minutes, so if frozen, 13 minutes in this case.
The cookies do not look done-not at all, but once they cool, they will stay together and they will be amazing!    
The dough can remain in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and in the freezer for 3 months.
I can tell you without a doubt-these cookies will definitely bring about peace-maybe not world peace, but my house was peaceful while we enjoyed these delightful cookies! 

Thank you to all  who have served and sacrificed for our country.
Home of the free 
Because of the brave 

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