Now, when I think of world peace, one thing pops into my head. The Miss America pageant. Because wishing for world peace is what stereotypical pageant girls do. You know what I don't think of when someone says world peace? Meetings at 7a when the coffeepot at work is broken. If there's one thing I've learned in the couple years I've been out of college, it's that coffee keeps the world going round. Keep someone from it, and they will be irritable, grouchy, and generally not peaceful.
Which is why I think the solution to that hurdle towards world peace is these cookies. Chewy, sandy, caffeinated cookies studded with chopped up cappuccino chips. Perfect to brighten anyone's day, and you might as well start early, right? With quite a hefty dose of espresso powder, you won't even notice that someone left an ounce of coffee in the pot, let it grow cold, and didn't bother to brew another pot again. That lack of consideration makes me a bit feisty in the morning, and you really don't want me feisty at 6:30a when I get into work. I've been told there's other words to describe how I am when this happens, but for one they aren't blog-appropriate, and for two I refuse to believe them. So there.
Oh yes, and because of that whole "different strokes for different folks" thing, I made two other versions of this cookie here (the original recipe) and here (with peanut butter!). As PW says, whatever makes your skirt fly up. Because what I really want to say is - Thank you, Jessica, for making my skirt fly up. That is, if I wore skirts, they'd fly up. Unfortunately, they get stuck in the large machines that I work around every day. But pants don't really fly up so well, so we'll pretend, mkay?
Caffeinated World Peace Cookies (adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from my home to yours)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
11 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon espresso powder
heaping 3/4 cup cappuccino chips, coarsely chopped
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda together.
Beat the butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until soft and smooth. Cream in both sugars, the salt, the vanilla, and the espresso powder. Beat for about 2 minutes.
Dump in the flour mixture and switch to a spatula or wooden spoon. (I know Dorie has you use a towel to prevent flour explosions, but it never works for me - I just go with a bit of elbow grease instead.) Mix until the flour just disappears. It will be slightly crumbly, but will come together just fine once you dump it out onto a counter. Pour the chopped cappuccino chips in and mix until evenly distributed.
Turn the dough out onto a counter. Gather up all the little crumbly bits and work the dough into a more cohesive mass. Divide the dough into two halves and shape each into a log 1 1/2 inches in diameter. I tend to go smaller, but I just like little cookies. Wrap with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The dough can be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 2 months. I tend to freeze them because it makes them a bit less tempting.
Getting ready to bake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
Using a sharp thin knife (thinner is better - it's a lot less unwieldy than your standard massive knife), slice the log into rounds about 1/2 inch in thickness. If they crumble a bit or crack, don't worry. Just squish the pieces together - they'll bake up just fine. Place the cookie rounds on the baking sheets with at least one inch in between them.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes. They won't look done, but will finish firming up outside of the oven. Place the cookie sheet on a cooling rack and allow the cookies to cool on the sheet. Once they're just warm or at room temperature, feel free to caffeinate yourself :)
Note: When I take logs out of the freezer, I like to let them sit on the counter for five minutes or so. It makes slicing the cookies a lot easier, with less crumbling and cracking.
Makes about 36 cookies.
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