Sometimes the problems of the world seem overwhelming. Despotic governments, economies in shambles, wars everywhere you turn...it's enough to make you want to stay in bed with the covers pulled up. Ladies and gentlemen, I have finally found the solution to all of life's ills. I present to you:
I was actually a little nervous to make these, because I'd heard such awesome things about them. This is how my life usually goes: the entire population of the world falls in love with something (a book, a movie, leggings as pants, etc.) I eventually get around to reading/watching/trying whatever everyone loves, and find myself invariably disappointed. One bottle of Hateorade, please. So although I wanted to love these cookies, I was worried that I would find them lacking, and then I would have to write another whiny blog post, and eventually you would all get sick of me and start throwing things.
Needn't have worried! These are AMAZING. They're a chocolate sable cookie studded with chunks of bittersweet chocolate, and laced with a powerful pinch of fleur de sel. The salt really intensifies the flavor and makes the cookies more interesting than your typical chocolate cookie. I didn't think I was the biggest sable cookie fan, but these babies have made me re-think my position.
I think my whole life has been spent in preparation for this moment of sable-embracing, peace-loving, chocolate cookie-stacking bliss:A few quick tips: many people complained about very crumbly dough. I think a few extra turns of the mixer make a big difference. Don't overmix, but don't be afraid to give it a few more rotations if the dough's not coming together! I loved the tip about forming the logs in an old paper towel cardboard roll: this helped me get really round, even logs, and also helped keep them to the recommended 1.5" (which is always much smaller than I think it is!). Finally, I like to add a small sprinkling of extra salt on top of the cookies before they bake, to make them even awesomer.
Can you believe I made it through a whole post without flogging the old "Give Peace A Chance" horse? Trust me, the song has been running through my head all day.