World Peace Cookies ~ Korova Cookies

These World Peace cookies by Dorie Greenspan, or known as Korova Cookies, have a double whammy of chocolate: chocolate dough studded with chocolate chunks and sprinkled with sea salt.

A world peace cookies, or korova cookie by Dorie Greenspan, on a pink background

These easy-to-make, easy-to-eat, easy-to-love chocolate-chocolate chip cookies are from Pierre Hermé, the man Vogue magazine called “The Picasso of Pastry.” They are cocoa dark, not very sweet, chock-full of chocolate bits, melt-on-your-tongue buttery, just crumbly enough to be true sablés, or sand cookies, and just salty enough to catch you off guard. In fact, the combination of chocolate and salt (Pierre uses the somewhat exotic fleur de sel, sea salt from the Guérande) makes these cookies fatally appealing. I don’t trust myself not to finish the batch in a sitting, and I’ll bet you’ll find yourself in the same spot — a warning to make these when you’re certain not to be alone. Indeed, these are the easiest cookies to make for company because, despite their très French flavor, they are essentially American slice-and-bake icebox cookies. The dough is mixed in a flash, rolled into logs, and chilled, then cut into rounds and baked in minutes.

About the name: Korova was the name of the milk bar in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film A Clockwork Orange. It was also the name of a restaurant off the Champs-Élysées for which Pierre Hermé created these cookies. The restaurant is gone, but the cookies are still a specialty at Pierre’s patisserie as well as the house cookies at my house.–Dorie Greenspan

LC Rude Not To Note

Even after that thorough note above, the author of this recipe, Dorie Greenspan, has one last flash of inspiration to offer: “In moments of over-the-topness, I’ve added chopped toasted pecans, plumped currants, and a pinch of cinnamon to the dough and loved it. And, I’ve been known to cheat on the chocolate bits. On the sad (but fortunately seldom) occasions when my cupboard is bare of Valrhona Guanaja (Pierre’s choice for these cookies, and one of my favorite chocolates), I’ve even used store-bought chocolate chips.”

And, if you want to make them ahead of time, here are a couple of pointers to help you there: “The dough can be made ahead and chilled or frozen. If you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking — just slice the logs and bake the cookies 1 minute longer. Packed airtight, baked cookies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days; they can be frozen for up to 1 month.”

So, really, you have no excuse not to make these cookies. In fact, it would be rude not to.

World Peace Cookies | Korova Cookies

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  • 25 M
  • 2 H
  • Makes 36 cookies
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Ingredients


Directions

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda.

Put the butter in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until the butter is soft and creamy. (Alternatively, you can do this and all subsequent steps by hand, working with a sturdy rubber spatula.) Add both sugars, the salt, and vanilla extract and beat for another minute or two. 

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the sifted dry ingredients. Mix only until the dry ingredients are incorporated—the dough will look crumbly, and that’s just right. For the best texture, you want to work the dough as little as possible once the flour is added. Toss in the chocolate pieces and mix only to incorporate.

Turn the dough out onto a smooth work surface and squeeze it so that it sticks together in large clumps. Gather the dough into a ball, divide it in half, and working with one half at a time, shape the dough into logs that are 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 1 hour. (You can refrigerate the wrapped logs for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to 1 month.)

Tester tip: Cookie dough logs have a way of ending up with hollow centers, so as you’re shaping each log, flatten it once or twice and roll it up from one long side to the other, just to make certain you haven’t got an air channel.

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and keep them close at hand.

Working with a sharp thin-bladed knife, slice the logs into rounds that are 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) thick. (Don’t be upset if the rounds break; just squeeze the broken-off bit back onto the cookie.) Place the cookies on the parchment-lined sheets, leaving about 1 inch (2.5 cm) spread space between them.

Bake only one sheet of cookies at a time, and bake each sheet for 12 minutes. The cookies will not look done, nor will they be firm, but that’s just the way they should be. 

Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the cookies stand until they are only just warm or until they reach room temperature—it’s your call. Repeat with the second sheet of cookies.  Originally published March, 7, 2002.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Though not very attractive, these world peace cookies are darkly, deeply chocolatey with a hint of salt that will satisfy even the most discriminating chocoholic. As a bonus, the texture is light and the cookies practically melt in your mouth. Since this is a slice-and-bake cookie, the dough can be kept ready in the freezer for chocolate emergencies or sliced and baked in small amounts. The introductory paragraph of this recipe warns the baker not to make these when home alone. This is absolutely true as I couldn’t stop at one! I look forward to making this recipe again and again, perhaps trying some of the add-ins mentioned at the end of the recipe.

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Comments

  1. Followed recipe to a T. Ended up with a big pile of dry gloppy blobs with no cohesiveness. With only butter and vanilla as non-dry ingredients, there was not enough moisture to bind it all together, let alone attempt to make the dough logs. I thought I may have missed an ingredient, so googled the recipe and found half a dozen blogs. Checked them. They were all the same recipe with the same ingredients and steps. Help please, where do I go from here?

    Thanks, Dave

    1. Reno Dave, I’m so sorry you had a problem. I’m pretty sure I know the issue: measuring. Did you use a scale or cup measure for the flour? If the latter, chances are you, like me, have a heavy hand. That’s why I always weigh my baking ingredients. If you toggle the US/METRIC switch to the right of the word “ingredients,” you’ll see the weight.

      1. I am so glad that you now (and have for a long time) include weight/metric measurements. My life has gotten so much easier since I started weighing flour instead of hoping that I had measured it correctly!

      2. Dave L,

        Thanks for getting back so quickly!! Yup, I’m a scooper, though don’t believe myself to be heavy handed. Will give the recipe another shot and weigh the flour. Think I’ll invest another bit of butter in an attempt to salvage what I have, tweak with some oil if the butter doesn’t get the ingredients happy with each other, and stick together.
        I’m in Reno at 5,000′ with 10% humidity, so things are kind of dry here anyway.

        Will let you know what happens.

        Reno Dave

        1. David L,

          I did two additions of melted butter, 2 Tablespoons each. The dough came together nicely. The dough logs looked like huge Tootsie Rolls. The cookies are none the wiser with the extra butter, and are very chocolaty, in a good way.

          Thanks, Reno Dave

          1. David L, here is the first tray coming out of the oven. I ended up with 46 cookies using 1 1/2″ logs. Next time I’m going for 2″ logs. As the recipe notes, they come out of the oven looking underbaked, But, as they cooled they firmed up nicely, as sugar cookies do.

            Reno Dave

  2. These truly are my favorite cookies of all time! Chocolate and salt. There’s just something about the combination that makes my heart sing! I followed this recipe exactly with great success. I agree, there’s nothing particularly special about how these cookies look, but one bite, and all my taste testers were hooked (and asked that I bake them again for the next gathering). I actually think these could bring world peace if we could bake enough to share them 🙂 Definitely give these a try!

  3. “korova” means “cow” in Russian, and the film was based on the novel by Anthony Burgess – the milk bar in Stanley Kubrick’s film was taken directly from the book. Don’t know anything about the former restaurant in Paris or the baker who created these, but since the milk bar in the book dosed the milk with drugs, maybe the implication is that these cookies are addictive?

    There is a chocolate candy in Russia and Ukraine called “korova” and it has a caramel filling.

  4. OMG I just made these. They are AMAZING. I followed the recipe exactly. I didn’t roll the log evenly so the ends broke during slicing but the middle part sliced perfectly. I used Callebaut Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder and Callebaut bittersweet chocolate.

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