I jumped right in and wanted to help out. I have known people who have been over in Iraq and thought it would be great to be a part of this.
Then, life happened. I ended up out of town for 3 days and my first day back, I had one thing after another happening that was putting me down. I didn't have time to post in time. BUT, I made the cookies and they are now on their way to Corporal Jason Ballard. Jason, I hope you enjoy the cookies I made for you!
I decided what better cookie to send than the World Peace Cookies from Dorie Greenspan's Baking cookbook. So, I made a batch and sent them off to Jason. Below are a few photos of the cookies. I hope the guys over there enjoy them with the rest of their goodies they will be receiving!
1-¼ cups flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 stick plus 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
⅔ cup (packed) light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon fleur de sel or ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or a generous ¾ cup store bought mini chocolate chips
To mix, I did the following:
I put the flour, cocoa, and baking soda into a bowl and mixed well to combine. Next, put the softened butter in your standing mixer (or use a hand mixer) and beat the butter on medium until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, the salt and vanilla extract, and beat 2 minutes more.
Turn off the mixer and pour in the dry ingredients. I started slowly so flour did not fly everywhere, then once it was incorporated, I continued to mix until the flour disappeared into the dough. Next you toss in the chocolate (I used the mini chips). I have also mixed in some of the Kraft Caramel Bits - which is a nice addition - and sprinkled some grey sea salt on top. Bake at 325 for 12 minutes.
Shape into two logs that are 1-½" in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. You can freeze dough for up to 2 months. If you freeze the dough, you don't need to defrost before baking, just slice and bake the cookies for 13 minutes instead.