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dories-cookiesMeet Dorie Greenspan and celebrate her newest cookbook as Market Hall Foods becomes a cookie pop-up. Sample treats from the book and from Market Hall Bakery, and pick up some tips at the cookie decorating demo. In Dorie’s Cookies, bakers can find cookies of every stripe for holiday events, cookie swaps, and even breakfasts, as well as savory cookies for cocktail parties. No charge except for purchases. Info: 510.250.6004 or  

Cookie Pop-Up with Dorie Greenspan 
Book Signing, Tastings, and Conversations: Dorie’s Cookies
Saturday November 12, noon–2pm 
Market Hall Foods in Berkeley
1786 4th St, Berkeley


Dorie’s Cookies 
by Dorie Greenspan 
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016)

Book review by Kristina Sepetys

Dorie Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes, many of which are included in her latest 500+ page book, which features cookies for all occasions. Greenspan is the author of many acclaimed cookbooks including Around My French Table, a New York Times bestseller named Cookbook of the Year by IACP; Baking Chez Moi; and Baking: From My Home to Yours, a James Beard Award winner. Dorie’s Cookies offers everything from Portofignos (with chocolate dough and port-soaked figs) to lunchbox Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars. Each recipe includes a photo and detailed instructions. They Might Be Breakfast Cookies are packed with raisins, dried apples, dried cranberries, and oats, while Almond Crackle Cookies contain just three ingredients. Find dozens of choices for Christmas cookie swaps, including Little Rascals (German jam sandwich cookies with walnuts), Italian Saucissons (chocolate log cookies studded with dried fruit), and Snowy-Topped Brownie Drops. Unusual and intriguing offerings include Pink-Peppercorn Thumbprints or the popular World Peace Cookie (see recipe below). Enjoy this extensive assortment of all the cookie recipes you’ll ever need!


Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

Dorie writes: The original recipe for these cookies was given to me by my friend Pierre Herme, the wonderful Parisian pastry chef. In the cookies’ first incarnation, they were called Sables Chocolats, or chocolate shortbread. In their second, the one in which chopped chocolate was added to the sweet/salty dough, they were dubbed Sables Korova and were served at the Paris restaurant of the same name. Finally, a neighbor of mine gave them the name they truly deserve: World Peace Cookies. He was convinced that if everyone in the world could have these cookies, there would be planetary peace. I hope he’s right. What I know for sure is that everyone who has these cookies smiles, and smiles are pretty powerful.

Makes about 36 cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons; 5 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chip-size bits, or an equal amount of store-bought chocolate mini-chips

Sift the flour, cocoa, and baking soda together and keep close at hand.  

Working in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until it is soft and creamy. (If you’d like, you can make the dough by hand using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.) Add both sugars, the salt, and the vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes more.  

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the sifted dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated—the dough may look crumbly, but that’s fine. 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, divide it in half, gather it together and, working with one half at a time, shape the dough into a log that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours or for up to 3 days.  

Getting ready to bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325˚. Have two lined baking sheets at hand.

Working with a sharp thin-bladed knife, slice rounds that are ½- inch thick. (The rounds often crack as you’re cutting them—don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto the cookie.) Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets leaving about 1 inch of spread space between each round and slide one of the sheets into the oven. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes—they won’t 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 rest until they are only just warm, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature.  

Repeat with the second sheet of cookies.

Storing:  The dough can be made ahead and either chilled or frozen. In fact, if you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking—let it warm just enough so that you can slice the rounds; 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 2 months.