It is with a hanging head and heavy heart that I admit that although I purchased Dorie Greenspan's famous baking tome "Baking, From My Home to Yours" late last summer, I didn't actually make a single thing from it until now. That isn't to say that I didn't read her book-many a night I fell asleep with the heavy, hard-backed volume open on the floor by my bed. Many a weekend I drooled over luscious, fantastic photos and shook my head in wonder at the sheer quantity of butter packed into some of the delicacies described within. But I didn't actually get around to baking anything. Even with all the cookies, pies, cakes and bars to choose from. Even the ice creams and puddings were left begging as I went about my business.
But then came winter. Winter means cookies and hot chocolate to me. And so this Friday night I came home from a long day at work, half frozen and determined to make a chocolate cookie to go with some easy mint-chocolate chip ice cream that I had thrown together earlier that week (recipe forthcoming).
I wanted to make a cookie from Dorie's book even though I had recently purchased, from the bargain bin of Borders book store, a 5 dollar "Cookie Bible" written in Britain, that lists pretty much every cookie, cracker and tea biscuit that I can think of. Despite the cookie bible, I decided that I needed to bake some World Peace Cookies. These famous cookies had already made the rounds among food bloggers in my blogosphere, and everyone was raving about them. I knew I was far behind on the trend, but figured that if they were so good, they would be as delicious in 2008 as they were in 2007. And so they were. Incredibly rich, loaded with butter and chocolate and sugar and with a slight sandy texture that crumbles into buttery goodness, they were the perfect cookie to accompany my mint ice cream or simply a cup of hot chocolate or tea. Go Dorie!
Postscript: I am not including the recipe here because any of the links above will take you directly to it. If you have not yet purchased Dorie Greenspan's great book, I highly recommend it. You can take a closer look here.