As we entered 2008, most of us with great designs on making this a better year, I thought what more appropriate recipe to make than Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies? Nice sentiment for the new year, right? I thought so, anyway. So, I pulled out Baking: From my Home to Yours and dove right in.
Now, while these are named in honor of universal harmony, there was anything but peace in my kitchen as I made these. The recipe warned that these cookies might crack and crumble, so I thought I was prepared for that. But, when every one of them came apart when I sliced them, I was definitely discouraged. I envisioned these being lovely, round, perfect little cookies. Not so much.
They ended up being mostly round. And primarily non-lumpy. And nice to look at… if you squint.
In hindsight, a little more time in the refrigerator could have been beneficial. But, because their three hours in the fridge were up after 11pm, I didn’t really want to wait any longer.
As I’ve learned, however, the most important thing is how the finished product tastes. Using only that criteria, these cookies are beautiful! They are super rich and delicate. The addition of fleur de sel really sets these apart. This recipe really finds just the right balance of salty and sweet.
While the end result wasn’t quite what I envisioned, these cookies were certainly worth the time and effort (and cursing) that went into them. I can only hope that my next foray into baking these delicious cookies will yield a much prettier cookie. They certainly couldn’t be any tastier.