Finding World Peace at Beurre & Sel

By Raphael Pallais of The Plaza
November 2, 2012 | New York, United States
Finding World Peace at Beurre & Sel
Photo: roboppy, Flickr

If anyone thinks that world peace can't be achieved with a bowl and a whisk, they haven't tried one of Dorie Greenspan's World Peace cookies.

With 10 cookbooks and a few pop-up cookie shops under her belt, Dorie has finally opened a brick-and-mortar boutique in the Essex Street Market called Beurre & Sel.

She may not be as recognizable as Paula Dean, but to serious food lovers Dorie is a rockstar (a four-time James Beard Award-winning rockstar). Splitting her time between New York and Paris, she's collaborated on cookbooks with everyone from Julia Child to Daniel Boulud. And it was from the legendary Parisian baker Lionel Poilane that she refined the technique for her famous sables — tender, buttery cookies that she now sells at Beurre & Sel.

Within the nook of a retail space which Dorie operates with her son, perfectly-executed cookies are displayed like modern art in a tiny gallery: jammers, chocolate chunkers and savory "cocktail cookies" like rosemary-parmesan.

And of course, there are her World Peace cookies: salty-sweet cocoa sables filled with hand-cut chunks of bitterest chocolate. If everyone felt as good as one does when biting into one of these, achieving world peace would be a cinch.