TWD #50: Give Peace A Chance

February 3, 2009 at 7:36 am 43 comments

You ever have those days where a line or phrase is stuck in your head?

As soon as I found out the TWD bakers were making World Peace Cookies this week, I haven’t be able to get a particular Homer Simpson quote out of my head! Man I love that donut-eating-never-gonna-win-father-of-the-year-award character.

Homer: Yvan eht nioj! You gotta love that crazy chorus.
Lisa: What does it mean?
Homer: It doesn’t mean anything. It’s like “Rama-lama-ding-dong” or “Give peace a chance”.

I tell you. The first time I watched that episode I laughed about that last line for days. You know you laughed. Ah come on… you totally laughed. What about a little snicker? Maybe a chuckle or guffaw? I remember walking around all week busting out in giggle fits when I thought of the line – at the grocery store spice aisle, at work, at the gym… Ohhhhh ok. Now I understand why people slowly moved away from me in public places.

Thanks Jessica of Cookbook Habit for making me laugh and choosing these cookies. You can find the recipe in her blog. Btw Congratulations to her. She’s having a baby! Aaawww…

What I learned this week:
Lately I’ve been slacking on my grocery store making list and I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have 3/10 ingredients. What’s a baker on a budget and time constraint to do? Improvise. Famous last word.

World Peace Cookies
Recipe from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan

I ran out of light brown sugar (Doh! I am usually so on top of my baking game) so I used dark brown sugar instead.

Dorie uses fleur de sel but I didn’t have any so I substituted 1/2 tsp kosher salt.

I use 3/4 cup of bittersweet Ghiradelli chips. They aren’t mini per the recipe so I thought about chopping it smaller but I figured if the ratio of chocolate chip to cookie was more, it couldn’t be bad thing, right? *wink*

I chilled my cookie dough overnight. Dang those suckers were hard to slice the next day! Hmmm… maybe the bigger chips weren’t such a good idea, huh? I should never second guess Dorie. (Can you see the ruler at bottom left corner? That would be evidence of my nerd-dom.)

Dorie says you get 36 cookies but I got about 30. I think towards the end I got lazy and the slices started getting thicker. HAHA


Husband rating: A+
He wasn’t sure he’d like them b/c he’s not a fan of bittersweet chocolate but he said they were fabulous esp with a glass of milk! I am not sure how many he ate but I know he ate more than one (or 5).

Wifey rating: A+
At first I wasn’t sure I’d like these cookies. It seemed like chocolate overkill (I wasn’t a big fan of the Chocolate Dunkers) but BOY was I wrong! These cookies were SO freaking good. I am thinking that Obama might wanna have some handy during any peace talks between Israel and Palestine. It couldn’t hurt, right?

Next week: Floating Islands on pages 401-402


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  • 1. chocolatechic  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I loved these cookies.

    I was only able to get about 2 dozen cookies.

  • 2. carolina  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Yeah, I TOTALLY laughed. Homer is awesome, so are you cookies and your pics. One day, please share with me how you line them up like that. I try, but to no avail. Here is to world peace and milk!

  • 3. Karen  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I love your step by step photos of these cookies! thanks for not making them look like poo. ;-)
    Glad you and hubby liked them so much. We did as well!

  • 4. macduff  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I used Ghiradelli chips too! And thanks…now I have “join the navy” stuck in my head.

  • 5. Amy (Sing for your supper)  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Hahahaha! I DO love that Simpsons episode! Glad you liked these…they’re definitely some of my favorites!! They look great!

  • 6. Jessica  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:39 am

    So glad you liked these – they look delicious – and your improv worked out great! I also tend to randomly laugh at things at strange times, including lines from The Simpsons, so don’t worry, you’re not the only one out there getting funny looks…

  • 7. Di  |  February 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I got 30 cookies, too. I actually didn’t pull my ruler out for these, though I do have one dedicated for kitchen use. =) Nice job on the cookies.

  • 8. Teanna  |  February 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

    These were DEFINITELY A+ cookies! LOVE the Simpsons reference, you’ve got me cracking up over here!

  • 9. Robin  |  February 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

    so you were that woman laughing randomly in the grocery store the other day? Gotcha. ;-)

    Fabulous looking cookies, and thanks for the info on the substitutions, because yeah, I can be one of those scatterbrained people that doesn’t keep everything on hand.

  • 10. Carolyn  |  February 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I am impressed with the ruler!! I love nerdom… don’t knock it! Its way more fun to be nerdy… well done. The cookies were totally deserving of A+!!

  • 11. Caitlin  |  February 3, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Hehe – I almost always haul out my ruler or tape measure in the kitchen. Or a spreadsheet, as you well know :P Those look awesome, and yes – bigger chocolate chunks = better cookies.

  • 12. Jen  |  February 3, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Ok seriously I have to make these cookies. I’ve seen them all day and they’re calling out my name. And you’re not the only nerdy baker. I keep a ruler in my kitchen too.

  • 13. eatsandtreats  |  February 3, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I love that you completed messed around with the recipe and still loved it! That is the kind of recipe that is a keeper!

  • 14. Nancy (n.o.e.)  |  February 3, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I always make these with big ole pieces of chopped chocolate and love them that way. And dark brown sugar is totally a sub for light. Love these cookies! Yours look great and the Simpson reference got a chuckle from me.

  • 15. Vibi  |  February 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    LOL LOL You crack me up! Rama lama ding dong!!! LOL
    …I’m happy you gave the cookie a chance! LOL …and ended up liking it! I too discovered an amamzing cookie with this recipe!

    The salt and chewiness though, did it for me.

    Very, very well done!

  • 16. Elizabeth - Cake or Death?  |  February 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I love that Simpsons episode! “Man, now we have to get N’Sync a fruit basket!” and also Lieutenant L.T. Smash. Heh.

  • 17. Steph  |  February 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I loved that episode! Me and my brother laughed so much, we downloaded it and watched ti again. Now that I think about it, I miss those Nsync days..haha

  • 18. Steph  |  February 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    And your cookies look amazing! I actually don’t think I’ve ever used light brown sugar ever. It seems like where I live, you either buy dark brown sugar or golden yellow sugar. Extra molasses and moisture never hurts!

  • 19. zebe912  |  February 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    These are definitely not on the allowed diet. But since they are PEACE cookies, I might have to make a half batch just to send peaceful thoughts out into the world. A cookie prayer…I like that!

  • 20. Julie  |  February 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I agree with you, those cookies are really good! A recipe to do again… soon!

  • 21. Tania  |  February 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    You are such a nerd for using a ruler!!! They look great. I didn’t have chocolate to make into chunks so I chopped some dark chocolate chips – they worked just fine!!
    I could eat these all day….with a big gallon of milk.
    Love big, Bake Often

  • 22. Jill  |  February 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    It looks like they turned out great even with your ingredient substitutions!

  • 23. rainbowbrown  |  February 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    These are beautiful cookies. They look even more beautiful all thick like yours.

  • 24. pamela  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I will be thinking about that line from the Simpsons for the next week! Great looking cookies you got there!

  • 25. Jaime  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    yep. me too. i’m not a chocolate cookie person but i LOVE These. yours came out so nicely.

    sorry i haven’t been visiting much. been very busy w/personal stuff.

  • 26. Shari  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    “baker on a budget” in TWD is tough. I’m in that situation too, but I keep pretending I’m not. I love that you giggled for days about that line. You’re so fun!!

  • 27. food librarian  |  February 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    What great cookies! They look wonderful and soooo chocolatey.

  • 28. Cristine  |  February 4, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Your cookies look so yummy!

  • 29. Rachel  |  February 4, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Great job, CB. But, I expected nothing less. :D

  • 30. steph (whisk/spoon)  |  February 4, 2009 at 7:12 am

    they look great–way to improvse! i think about things that crack me up, in public, alone, all the time–so embarrasing!

  • 31. Nikki  |  February 4, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Um I just read your post and clearly great minds think alike because I said these would totally work for Israel and Palestine too hehe

  • 32. Cathy  |  February 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Two A+s — woo hoo! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you worked that Simpsons episode into your post!

  • 33. Amy Ruth  |  February 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Maybe we should collectively mail Obama WP cookies to DC. That would be a hoot. Gotta love the ruler. I use one of Corbin’s old ones in the kitchen. Yep, I do. I thought these cookies were the best ever. Probably my all time fav recipe out of the whole book so far! Glad you got a chance to fit them into your life. They are good.

  • 34. kim  |  February 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    yay, i’m not the only nerd with a ruler! ;) they look perfect! the simpsons is hubby’s all-time favorite show… i’m surprised he didn’t mention that quote, actually ;)

  • 35. Carol Peterman  |  February 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    President Obama is a fan of salt caramels, so I am sure he would love these cookies!

  • 36. Sugar B  |  February 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Nice job! I didn’t even chill my dough. I just smashed them and baked. I am such a lazy ass sometimes.

    Yours look goooooooooood.

  • 37. Lillian  |  February 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I could eat an entire batch of these all by myself, and I’m not even a big fan of chocolate cookies.

  • 38. Elizabeth  |  February 5, 2009 at 6:56 am

    These cookies definitely deserved an A+! Your post was a hoot – my family pretty much quotes Simpsons episodes for any occasion. ;)

  • 39. Girl Japan  |  February 5, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Okay.. this is now FOOD PORN! You deserve and A!!!

  • 40. pinkstripes  |  February 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Your WP cookies look great. YUM! I love your photos.

  • 41. Rebecca  |  February 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Gawd, I forget how funny “The Simpsons” is.

    That stack of cookies looks mighty fine. Bring on the milk.

  • 42. teaandscones  |  February 5, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Look great to me. Homer Simpson is always on top of things….

  • 43. Amy Ruth  |  February 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    just baked off 7 cookies…I am eating them all by myself. I know what you’re thinking, but no one else is here. he he he they are delish. do you chill in the freezer or frig. mine spread a little. I baked from freezer. can’t figure why mine spread some don’t help help


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