TWD: At Long Last, World Peace

Sometimes the problems of the world seem overwhelming. Despotic governments, economies in shambles, wars everywhere you turn…it’s enough to make you want to stay in bed with the covers pulled up. Ladies and gentlemen, I have finally found the solution to all of life’s ills. I present to you:


World Peace Cookies are so named because it is a scientific fact that they bring happiness and peace to whomever eats them. Really. Science said so, and would Science lie?

I was actually a little nervous to make these, because I’d heard such awesome things about them. This is how my life usually goes: the entire population of the world falls in love with something (a book, a movie, leggings as pants, etc.) I eventually get around to reading/watching/trying whatever everyone loves, and find myself invariably disappointed. One bottle of Hateorade, please. So although I wanted to love these cookies, I was worried that I would find them lacking, and then I would have to write another whiny blog post, and eventually you would all get sick of me and start throwing things.

Needn’t have worried! These are AMAZING. They’re a chocolate sable cookie studded with chunks of bittersweet chocolate, and laced with a powerful pinch of fleur de sel. The salt really intensifies the flavor and makes the cookies more interesting than your typical chocolate cookie. I didn’t think I was the biggest sable cookie fan, but these babies have made me re-think my position.
I think my whole life has been spent in preparation for this moment of sable-embracing, peace-loving, chocolate cookie-stacking bliss:A few quick tips: many people complained about very crumbly dough. I think a few extra turns of the mixer make a big difference. Don’t overmix, but don’t be afraid to give it a few more rotations if the dough’s not coming together! I loved the tip about forming the logs in an old paper towel cardboard roll: this helped me get really round, even logs, and also helped keep them to the recommended 1.5″ (which is always much smaller than I think it is!). Finally, I like to add a small sprinkling of extra salt on top of the cookies before they bake, to make them even awesomer.
Can you believe I made it through a whole post without flogging the old “Give Peace A Chance” horse? Trust me, the song has been running through my head all day.

28 Responses to TWD: At Long Last, World Peace
  1. Danielle says:

    I am glad you loved these cookies,
    They turned out great.

  2. Maria says:

    I love your photos!! World Peace cookies are the BEST!

  3. Jodie says:

    You sound like me- sometimes I don’t things BECAUSE other people do. Such a jerk, I know. Your cookies look great. These were SO yummy!

  4. chocolatechic says:

    These WERE absolutely fabulous.

    Your cookies look great!

  5. Robin says:

    beautiful cookies – I love the extra sprinkle of salt on top, that probably just sends these cookies over the moon! My cookies turned out kinda ugly for some reason, but after eating them I was seriously peaceful, anyway.

  6. Cathy says:

    Extra salt on top WOULD make them awesomer — I’m doing that next time! I am so glad that these lived up to the hype for you! They look perfect.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Liz, I’m glad you found a satisfying and culturally/socially popular cookie recipe. They sound yummy… and the salt with chocolate combo reminds me of being a kid and dipping saltine crackers into chocolate pudding… overshare??? Hmm. And your “Give Peace A Chance” comment made me think of the day we went to Abbey Road and looked at all the scriblings on the wall outside. I still have a picture of one with a little gun that said “Give Chance a Piece”. Hoho. What a humorous juxtaposition of peace and violence. Fun post. Cheers, Hills

  8. vibi says:

    Yeahhhhh! That’s the ticket! Take your mind off things, Liz… Have another cookie, why don’t you!? LOL LOL
    Beautiful and thoughful analogy, about the Inukshuk type of stacks.

    Beautiful cookies too!

  9. n.o.e says:

    All I am saaaaying is: these really are good, aren’t they? Thank goodness no whining or throwing things resulted from your baking of these because that would put a serious dent in the peacefulness. And I love the cairn picture – where was it taken?

  10. Ivette says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies! Your pictures look great.

  11. Jess says:

    Yours look great – so happy they lived up to the hype for you!

  12. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Oh peace! Just what I was looking for!

  13. Engineer Baker says:

    I love that photo – practicing for these cookies :) And these cookies made me rethink my anti-sable-ness too.

  14. Kaitlin says:

    They look so good with the fleur de sel on top! That’s actually how I visualized these cookies after I read the description but before I read the instructions.

  15. Megan says:

    I’m happy to hear that they didn’t cause you to throw things or have a tantrum :)

    Or were we supposed to do that?

  16. Rebecca says:

    What, no comments about bedding in for Peace Cookies?

  17. Shari@Whisk: a food blog says:

    I love the sprinkle of salt on top!

  18. Liz says:

    Nancy: thanks! The cairn picture was taken on the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. It was a weird juxtaposition of moonscape, awesome view, and tons of cairns.

    Hills: Good to hear from you! That Abbey Road graffiti is second only to the graffiti we found on Boy George’s house in Hampstead.

    Rebecca: “The newspapers said, ‘Say what you doing in bed?’
    I said, ‘We’re only trying to get us some peace!’”

  19. Teanna says:

    Oh man, I totally feel the same way about being too late on the newest popular things! But these really didn’t disappoint, and yours look great!

  20. TeaLady says:

    There were only a few who didn’t like this cookie. But You liked them. And I liked them. These are a keeper. Yours look great.

  21. Lillian says:

    Salt on top: That’s perfect. I must try that very, very soon.

  22. The Food Librarian says:

    These look great! Love the added salt too. I loved these cookies.

  23. Leslie says:

    Give peace a chance? Guilty!

    I love how you sprinkled a little fleur de sel on the tops. I think the tiny bit more salt would be perfect.

    Don’t worry, we don’t throw things!

  24. Erin says:

    Beautiful cookies!

  25. Amanda says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I am giving you a BLOG award in the morning. It should be posted at 9am central time. Have a great day!

  26. Brilynn says:

    I didn’t think I was a sable fan either until I had these, I love them!

  27. farah says:

    Well done, these look great!

  28. CB says:

    Hey?? *looking at my TWD title* Whats wrong with saying “Give Peace A Chance”?? I say Absolutely nothing. Thanks. PS. I am totally adding the word “Hateorade” to my vocab. My husband might kill you. hehe
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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