TWD #50: Give Peace A Chance
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