Thursday, 5 November 2009

Korova Cookies

This is a bit of a landmark here - my 100th post! Although really two of them don't count as the introduction and links should be on pages rather than posts... but anyway. I have filled this blogger text box out 100 times. Who knew I was that dedicated!?

T's brother and his girlfriend are visiting us this weekend. I have a bit of a reputation amongst T's family for being a baker, so I knew I had to make something to welcome them, but at the same time I didn't want to do anything too crazy that they would feel obliged to eat. I settled on Dorie Greenspan's Korova cookies (sometimes also known as "world peace" cookies - the idea being that if these were handed out there would be no more need for war). How could anyone resist buttery chocolate biscuits studded with chunks of dark chocolate?

Korova Cookies

I made the dough for these the night before, and left it to rest overnight. It was hard to resist baking some of them straight away for a midnight snack. In between cleaning the flat, I sliced off 12 rounds and baked them. Within minutes, the flat smelt like melting chocolate. Obviously I had to check they were ok, and had eaten 2 while they were still warm. By the time T had picked up his brother from the station, I'd eaten 7 of the of the 12 I'd baked. In the introduction, Dorie warns you not to make them when you are alone, and she is right. They are dangerously addictive.

Crumbly and crispy

So I baked another batch, and it came out of the oven just as T and his brother came through the door. They are crispy and just chewy when cool, but when they are warm, the crumbly biscuit and the gooey chocolate are sublime. The hint of salt and the dark chocolate also make them a little more grown up than your average cookie.

If you like the sound of these, Deb of Smitten Kitchen has already typed the recipe up rather well.


Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I've seen these around online, they look very more-ish. I have got to get myself a copy of the Dorie book.

Alison said...

Jenny, can you DM me your email address so I can resend a message re food reviews. Don't know where the original one has disappear to. Cakes rule !!

Chele said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! Love the recipe you picked to mark the event too - been meaning to try this recipe out for a while now so your post has helped spur me on!

Jenny said...

Thanks! Give the recipe a go, it's really easy and if you don't want to have them all at once you can chill or freeze the dough for some time.

Now I am in the dangerous position where I am just 12 minutes away from fresh cookies at any point...

Hilary said...

I was actually thinking, those look just like world peace cookies, until I realized that you were using the other name for them. I can't get enthused about making this recipe and I think it's because people are always referring to their 'sandy' texture. I don't want a sandy cookie... though yours look very, very good! (And you didn't call them sandy :)

Jenny said...

I don't think it's right to call a biscuit "sandy". I think it might be because American cookies err towards the chewy side, whereas these are definitely crispy and crunchy.

Give them a go - you won't regret it.