If it weren’t for the fact that the recipe for these cookies was already plastered all over the internet I would probably refuse to post it and never tell a soul how they are made. Things of high value are meant to be protected and kept scarce.
Alas, they come from Dorrie Greenspan and she has already published them under two different names in her baking books. Personally I prefer their first name, “Korova”, to their rechristened name “World Peace Cookies” so I will call them by their former name when asked. No matter what you call them, they are quite simply the best chocolate cookie I have ever tasted. I proudly walked around the office last week handing these out — call me the cookie fairy (ha!) — and by the time I had circled back to the kitchen my coworkers were fighting each other for the few remaining cookies left in the box. So much for world peace. Here is a link to Dorrie herself discussing the cookie on her own blog. (She mentions the blog group Tuesdays with Dorrie that is making its way through her book. I don’t have the discipline for that sort of thing though it is fun to follow them.)
The secret to these cookies is the fluer de sel. Their slightly salty essence kicks the chocolate up a notch and contributes to their addicting nature. Think french fries. These aren’t your children’s chocolate cookies. Salt and chocolate is quite trendy right now and for good reason. I was recently in NYC and all the fancy schmantzy haute chocolate places are featuring sea salt chocolates and it got me to thinking about applying the concept to baking. (Dorrie, of course, already had that base covered.)
Don’t skimp when making these. Use the finest cocoa powder you can get your hands on and try to get semi sweet chocolate with at least 65% cacao. Break up some of those fancy bars they sell at chocolate boutiques. I found some chi-chi dark chocolate chunks at Whole Foods. You can use mini-chips if you want but I think that its the details that matter and even the shape of the partially melted chunks added to the flair of this particular cookie.
Korova Cookies (or “World Peace”)