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January 2, 2012

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


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

  2. Wonderful cookies! Congrats on the 2 years.

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



  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!

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

  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

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

  7. 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!

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

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

  10. 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. :-)

  11. they look wonderful! you have lovely pictures

  12. 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 :)

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


  14. 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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♥ Valerie


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