Monday, February 2, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie- World Peace Cookies

Hello February, woa is it really possible we are here already?? Where does the time go?? Too fast I say!! To kick off this months Tuesdays with Dorie, Jessica of Cookbookhabit chose World Peace Cookies. (please see Jessica's blog for the recipe or see page 138 in the book) Traditionally I have never been a fan of chocolate cookies. Now don't get me wrong... I heart chocolate just as much as the next girl, but chocolate cookies have never really "spoken" to me. So when I saw this recipe, of course my first thought was that I might not be a fan. But boy was I wrong!These cookies really were just divine. They were the perfect combination of salty and sweet! And they had a "shortbread' ish" texture which was a nice surprise. The recipe was simple to put together, instead of chocolate chips... I chopped up some semi sweet baking squares I had left over from my holiday baking. I also substituted gluten free (Pamela's mix) flour for all purpose, & was happy to see that was an easy switch. The World Peace Cookies were an absolute hit with everyone I gave them away too (of course I had to get them out of my house asap, for fear of having to add 20 more workouts to my week if I ate them all, ha).... This one is a keeper, and without a doubt will be repeated! Great choice, Jessica!

34 comments:

Jess said...

So glad you enjoyed them - and good to know they could be made gluten free if I want to treat a g.f. friend!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love these cookies! They're one of my faves. Yours turned out just great! The photos are lovely too. Well done!

LyB said...

Yeah, I should have gotten them out of the house. Instead, I kept a stash in the freezer, just in case. Ha! Your cookies look fabulous. :)

spike. said...

I'm glad these chocolate cookies spoke to you!

Jamie said...

glad you liked them, they look perfect!

Pamela said...

The pictures are great, I love all of that color with the cookies. That's the thing about cookies for me...it's so hard to eat just one! Well done.

Sabrina said...

Very nice job! They look great!

Cathy said...

Great pictures! Good to know that they work gluten free. So glad that you liked these!

vibi said...

Well... as you already know... I'm a real, real sucker for pink, so the picture I find, super!

But your cookies with their chunky look, are some of the hardest to beat, today! LOL

Mouthwatering, Banjo!

Megan said...

Hey - nice to know they can be made gluten free without compromising the taste. They certainly look better than mine, and I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Rebecca said...

Love your photo of the stack of cookies. Gorgeous.

HappyTummy said...

your cookies are lovely, as is the setup! love the pink polkadots. i'm glad you liked these--they're a classic! i shouldn't have messed around with the recipe :(

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

They are making chocolate lovers out of everyone! That's pretty cool.

rainbowbrown said...

These turned me around on the idea of the chocolate cookie too. So very tasty.

Lynnylu said...

Your photos are lovely. Glad you liked the cookies. I may have to make them again. Seems I'm the only one who didn't rave over them.

AmyRuth said...

Don't you think these are totally worth the calories. I mean I'm on my way to the gym as I type. This is the only cookie I can't resist. So delish and I love knowing I can make these gluten free for my friend. Do you have any other subs for the flour?
AmyRuth

Linda said...

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed them...this is one of my alltime favorite cookie recipes!!!

Tammy said...

What a beautiful blog! Your photographs are amazing; I especially like your use of color. Your World Peace cookies look great. Weren't they delicious?!!

Banjo said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! Amy Ruth- I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix. http://www.amazon.com/Pamelas-Products-Ultimate-24-Ounce-Packages/dp/B000DZDJ0K Sometimes the switch works seemlessly & sometimes it bombs!! But that is part of the fun... When using Pamela's you need to adjust the baking soda/powder ingredients. The leavening in Pamela's is equivalent to 1 tsp baking powder & 1/4 tsp baking soda per cup. Some other subs I have used are a combo of brown rice flour, sorghum and teff (when doing the combos, you do need to add a tiny bit of xantham gum to keep them from getting flat). Check out the Chocolate Chip cookie recipe I adapted from Gluten Free Girl (forgive the terrible picture please.. he he), it uses those combos.. They are to die for and you would never know the difference!

Jessica said...

I love all of the gorgeous chocolate chunks in your cookies, they look divine.

TeaLady said...

Yes, they were really good. Yours look yummy!

n.o.e said...

I'll have to get some Pamela's, as I hear good things about it. Every now and then I try to cook gf for a friend, and Bob's has let me down. These were really good, weren't they?
Nancy

Teanna said...

Gorgeous photos! And I am glad that you are a chocolate cookie convert! These were delicious! Yours look gorgeous!

kim said...

your cookies look perfect, yum! :) glad they changed your mind about choc cookies! btw i totally have that same tissue paper... check it out :) http://www.scrumptiousphotography.com/2008/03/cheery-cupcakes.html

AmyRuth said...

Oh thank you so much for the subing info. I have a friend at the gym I go to who loves chocolate and cannot tolerate gluten. So presto magic, I'm set thanks to you.
AmyRuth

PS I just put your comment into my google docs for future reference

Natashya said...

Your photos are beautiful! I love the colours.
I really liked the cookies too, not a big chocolate cookie person myself but loved the subtle flavour and the saltiness too.

pinkstripes said...

Your WP cookies look wonderful and I'm glad you found a chocolate cookie you like. YUM!

Erin said...

Your cookies look beautiful!

CB said...

Ooohh pink! Love the picture staging. I wasn't sure I'd be a fan of the chocolate cookie either but I don't mind admitting I was wrong! Glad you are a World Peace Cookie convert too!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Anonymous said...

Hi!
I also tried substituting Pamela's mix but my cookies baked FLAT!!
What is your secret?
This is the 2nd time this has happened w/ Pamela's and cookies :):)
-Erin @ glutenfreewithapurpose

Banjo said...

Shoot Erin!!! That is frustrating, I have had that happen (with the Dorie's sugar cookies & Pamelas). The only thing I can think of that I did with this recipe, is that I let the dough chill overnight. Are you making the baking soda/powder adjustments when using Pam's? I also used Pamela's in the Oatmeal cookie recipe I posted... worked great with those too. Try the overnight thing, and let me know how it goes. Annoying I know!!

Anonymous said...

hi again :)
i just substituted Pamela's for the AP flour; i didn't add any additional baking soda or baking powder?!?!
after mixing the dough, i put it in the freezer for 2 hrs. maybe it wasn't long enough?
who knows. but you're right, it is frustrating...especially when the batter tastes good :)
-erin@ glutenfreewithapurpose

Banjo said...

OK Erin, going back thru the recipe looking at the baking soda.. it says 1/2 tsp baking soda. Now that I think of it... since there is 1/4 tsp of baking soda per cup already in Pamelas mix, and the recipe called for 1 1/4 c flour (It already has 1/4 + 1/8 tsp in it). I added an 1/8 extra of baking soda to reach the required 1/2 tsp. Did that make any sense at all? Maybe that is what is missing. If you have any other questions you can always email me at breakfastatbanjos at gmail.com

Kaitlin said...

Gorgeous presentation! And I'm glad that you liked these, especially since you don't enjoy their "genre."