Crispy- Creamy Chocolate Cookies

August 20th, 2009

If you recall, one of my new favorite cookies was this one. But I have to tell you that this chocolate cookie is probably the best cookie I have ever tasted. When I took the first batch from the oven I tasted one and took the rest of it to David who was sawing wood for trim work on our downstairs renovation. The next thing I knew, there he was in the kitchen covered in sawdust looking for another. It is that good. As well it should be. It is another fabulous recipe from Peggy Knickerbocker in her book Simple Soirees. Are you tired of this cookbook yet? I’m not.

The original recipe came from Pierre Herme, the famous Parisian baker. Peggy Knickerbocker divides her time between San Francisco and Paris. She adapted this cookie from his recipe. The recipe as written relies on only the best ingredients, as it should. Unfortunately I did not have access to the very best chocolate, but in spite of that the cookies were still outstanding. It is probably wrong to offer such superlatives in describing the unique richness of these cookies, but they really are worthy of a staring role as dessert at a dinner party.

The cookies are easy to prepare. They are slice and bake cookies. You just assemble them ahead of time, roll them into two logs, refrigerate and slice and bake when you are ready to serve them. As an aside, I have to tell you how great the internet is. When I read the recipe in the cookbook, it called for only 1/4 cup flour. I knew this could not be correct, so I googled Peggy’s name and the name of the cookies and found a site that had discovered the mistake in the cookbook and corrected the measurement to 1 and 1/4 cups. I would love some input from any of you who make them. The chocolate I used is in parenthesis. If you have access to the chocolate called for, I would love to hear from you about the results. These cookies are worthy of respect.


1/3 cup excellent quality processed, sweetened cocoa powder, such as E. Guittard or Scharffen Berger. ( I used Special Dark Hershey’s Cocoa; I know, I know; not good)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
11 Tbls. (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt or fleur de sel
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 ounces excellent quality bittersweet chocolate such as E. Guittard, roughly chopped ( I used Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate, a 4 ounce bar.) I refrigerated it before chopping.

Sift together the cocoa powder, baking soda, and flour. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer, cream the butter until smooth, add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and blend again. Add the salt and vanilla and blend for about 1 1/2 minutes. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on the lowest speed until the ingredients are incorporated. The dough will be crumbly. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

Turn the dough onto a work surface. Press the mixture together with your hands, forming a ball Cut the ball in half and work each half into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Slice the logs into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Place the rounds on the baking sheets, 1 inch apart. If the cookies break apart, press them back together.

Bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes. The cookies will not be firm nor appear to be done. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the sheet on a wire rack until they are barely warm. Store the cookies in an airtight container. The recipe says it makes 4 dozen, but 2 is more like it.

14 responses to “Crispy- Creamy Chocolate Cookies”

  1. Oh My! I think I have died and gone to heaven with these cookies! Can I come over and try one? They look so good!

    How is the remodeling going? Will you be done by Labor day? I really hope we can get together before you head back to Florida! Let’s make sure we do, OK?

  2. Penny says:

    Hi Penny, Wish you were here. The remodeling is going well. The guest quarters should be near completion by Labor Day. We are not leaving for Florida until Nov. 1st so we can defintiely get together. You should be in your new house by then! I am so excited for you.

  3. Lynda says:

    Wow, crisp, creamy chocolate cookies sound like a dream come true! I’ll try these, but I’ll have to use the same chocolate you did. The other isn’t avaliable in my town either. but I’m sure they’ll still be great!

  4. Natashya says:

    Oh my, they look like brownie cookies! Delish.

  5. Your right they do sound wonderful. I’ll check our local stores and see what chocolate I can come up with. Let you know if I find it.

  6. Mary says:

    These look like brownie cookies. That’s fine with me. I’m a chocolate fool. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Tammy says:

    I’m bookmarking this for when I get my next supply of good chocolate. They look fabulous!

  8. Katy ~ says:


    Try looking at mail order places such as King Arthur Flour or Penzey’s Spices. Both sell some high quality chocolate; I’ve done business with both companies and have always been satisfied with their products.

  9. Bella says:

    Oh, these sound delicious – as does everything you post. I am a big chocolate lover so I can’t wait to try these. 🙂

  10. Barbara says:

    Really enjoy your blog. As you probably are aware of by now, these cookies are Dorie Greenspan’s famous World Peace Cookies, originally called Korova Sables, adapted from her colleague and friend Pierre Herme. They are divine.

  11. Penny says:

    Katy- You are so right. I have the King Arthur Flour catalog and will order some chocolate. Thanks for the tip.

    Barbara-I just googled Korova Sables and you are so right! I did not know that these cookies had such a history. Thank you!

    Everyone – Thanks for your comments. They mean a lot to me. Please try these cookies and let me know what you think.

  12. katiez says:

    All I can do is dream about these…..
    I’m afraid my cookie baking days are over.
    But, they’ll be happy dreams. They look fantastic!

  13. If you think these are the best cookies ever, then they have to be terrific. Looks like I’m going to have to add yet another cookbook to my wish list.

  14. Robin Sue says:

    Since those chocolate chip cookies you introduced me to were soooo good, I will have to take your word for it that these are great too. Will try and let you know. School is coming up soon and I need to fill my children’s lunch boxes with some goodies now don’t I?

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