Last year I participated in a Christmas cookie recipe swap via snail mail (and made these Fiesta Fudge Cookies). This year, the hosts (Julie of White Lights on Wednesday, Rachel of I Love My Disorganized Life, and the Real Housemoms) made it even easier and made the swap via email. I shared a recipe with Jenni of Jenni’s Ferris Wheel of Food and she sent me this recipe for French Sables Korova cookies. I’m so glad that Jenni reads my blog and knows of my persnickety ways. A double chocolate cookie is perfect for me. No eggnog or peppermint for this girl. Thanks, Jenni!
Despite its fancy name, these cookies are really simple to make (& delicious to eat). They’re basically double chocolate cookies with sea salt. You can find fleur de sel at Whole Foods or Sur La Table, but in order to avoid holiday crowds, I ordered it on Amazon. Otherwise, the ingredients are pretty standard pantry items. These cookies reminded me of Famous Amos cookies, but chocolate. And I love Famous Amos cookies.
Source: Jenni’s Ferris Wheel of Food
Makes: about 3.5 dozen
1 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick + 3 Tablespoons butter, room temp
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel (finely ground sea salt – I used this one)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4″ pieces (I used a Ghirardelli bar & chopped it)
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer), cream the butter. Add in the brown sugar, sugar, fleur de sel, and vanilla. Beat on low until combined.
Add in the sifted dry ingredients and beat on low until just combined. The dough will look crumbly, but should hold together. You don’t want to overmix once the dry ingredients have been added.
Knead in the chocolate pieces until evenly distributed.
Move the dough onto a clean work surface (I use a large cutting board) and form the dough into a log (I made two logs), about 1″ – 1 1/2″ in diameter. Wrap the log(s) in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (or up to 3 days). [I put one in the fridge overnight & one in the freezer so it’d be ready for weekend baking]
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Use a sharp knife to slice the log into 3/8″ – 1/2″ slices, and place on your baking sheets, about 1″ apart.
Bake on the middle rack for 12-15 minutes, until just puffed and cracked on the tops (add an extra minute if you’re starting with frozen dough). Let the cookies rest on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.