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Monday, January 2


Happy New Year! I hope the first few days of January have been kind. Even though I never make any resolutions, a new year feels like a crisp, fresh sheet of paper sitting beside a typewriter at a desk in a sunlit room. There's a calm, clarity of thought that allows us to write a new story without the burden of a year's worth of worries.

Last month was a blur of ovens, eggs, flour and mixing bowl, and in all the chaos, I never got around to making the last Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. (I really dropped the ball on that one.) So hopefully everyone is up for eating just a few more cookies...Dorie Greenspan actually picked this herself!

I can't thank Dorie, or the entire TWD group enough for all the lessons that I've learned over the past 2 years. Baking has always been near and dear to me, but until I joined Tuesdays with Dorie, I had never truly immersed myself in the art. (Yes, it is a form of art.) Now I'm practically a tart-making expert! Pie crusts, I'm still working on...but we'll be tight eventually. Dorie has a gentle way of guiding you through her recipes, and even if a few of them fall apart, I can picture her laughing it off, and encouraging me to try again. She is a true icon of the pastry world.

Okay, what about the cookies? Well, they're the perfect way to cap off a two year journey. And despite the title, adults will love these cookies too! The recipe is short, sweet and simple. It's basically a scrumptious peanut butter cookie recipe with the added flare of filling and a coating of nuts. Even though jam was called for, I decided to fill my cookies with chocolate chips. They're tender, nutty, and beg to be enjoyed with a glass of cold milk.

For the recipe, please hop on over to Dorie Greenspan's site. Or, grab a copy of her classic book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. And if you haven't done so already, please take a look at the final recipe from other TWD bakers. xo

15 comments:

  1. Oh, these are so cute and I totally support your chocolate chip filling...my kind of cookie :)

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  2. Wonderful cookies! Congrats on the 2 years.

    Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing how you further your baking skills in 2012.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Beautiful! I am the same way with tart dough. Doris's has spoiled me. It's been a pleasure seeing your creations each week and baking along such great bakers has been such fun! Have a joyous and "fresh" New Year!

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  4. I could eat a few more peanut butter cookies and I love the chocolate chip filling. Happy New Year to you.

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  5. Gorgeous cookies! I can't believe TWD is over..I stopped participating quite a while ago, but I still visit the site now and again to see how you are all doing. Happy New Year xxxx

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  6. I certainly loved these cookies, and I've loved visiting you blog on Tuesday's...you always make such lovely things!

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  7. Those look great, Valerie!

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  8. Congratulations on finishing the journey! Your cookies are just lovely, but I'd probably do half of them with jam. I know that either way, my family will love them!

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  9. PB & chocolate -- can't go wrong there. They look scrumptious, how could they not be?

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  10. Happy New Year Valerie!
    Cookies are sort of like jello, there is always room for more! These look perfect for an afternoon treat.
    Mimi

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  11. What cute little cookies, Valerie! :-) You are a marvelous baker. I have never seen you do anything that I wouldn't want to devour on the spot. :-)

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  12. they look wonderful! you have lovely pictures

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  13. omg it has beenn so long since ive been on ure blog that you even have a new layout! it looks great btw!

    and i concur, baking IS a form of art :)

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  14. Tes biscuits sont extra
    Je te souhaite un beau mercredi

    Valérie.

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  15. I do LOVE that book! My favorite of the recipes I've tried was the pecan powder puffs. They were like little balls of buttery goodness. Happy New Year to you!

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Happy Baking!
♥ Valerie

 

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