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The Best Cookies Ever

An ode to Dorie Greenspan’s Korova (a.k.a. World Peace) cookies.


I know, I know.  These cookies have been baked, reviewed, and dissected TO INFINITY.  That’s because they’re really good.  And really easy.  Dorie Greenspan is a wizard, and her recipe is perfect.  It makes a sandy textured, chocolatey cookie with a hit of salt and a splattering of chocolate shards throughout.  You roll them up in a log, chill them, and can slice and bake at your leisure.

A few tips, for those new to this recipe:

  1.  Don’t be a weenie about salt.  I use salted butter, and then use a… shall we say, LIBERAL, hand with the salt required in the recipe.
  2.   I’ve never found the 12 minute suggested bake time sufficient.  I’ve made these in several different ovens over the last few years, and even with my current convection oven they still require additional time.  I DO use a silpat liner in an aluminum sheet pan, which could explain the time discrepancy.  Anyway, for me, the texture is perfect at 15 minutes.
  3. Chocolate chips may seem like an easy shortcut, and they’re fine.  Perfectly serviceable.  But chopping up a bar of chocolate is infinitely superior.  The little crumbles and larger shards take this cookie over the top.  Use a serrated bread knife for your chocolate-chopping and you’ll be good to go.
  4. Yeah, slicing them seems like a pain.  They crumble.  Just press them back together.  It’ll be fine.  Don’t sweat it, I promise.
  5. Make a double batch, freeze half.  Your future self will be hella grateful.
  6. If you DO freeze them, let them temper for 10 or 15 minutes on the counter before slicing.  Or just put them in the fridge the morning before so they aren’t frozen icicle-logs.

Have you made these?  Do you have any other tips or tricks I ought to know about?