Well, after nearly 4 years, it's the last hurrah for Tuesdays with Dorie. Today we are sharing the final recipe from the book, and fittingly, Dorie herself is our host. Like so many of my favorite recipes from Baking, this one was simple but delicious. Little peanut butter thumbprint cookies filled either with jam for a sweet twist on PB&J, or chocolate, for those of us who are powerless to resist the peanut butter and chocolate combo. I crammed little mini peanut butter cups into my cookies since I had some in my pantry, and Shane and I both really enjoyed them. The cookies don't stand a chance of lasting through the week, even with all of the other sweets hanging around. You can find the recipe for these cookies and a really wonderful wrap-up on Dorie's site.
Back in 2008 when I joined Tuesdays with Dorie, I'd only just started to experiment in my kitchen. I had little to no experience baking, but with each passing week, I gained confidence with Dorie acting as a teacher through the words in her book, and the other TWD members the most supportive friends one could hope for. Today, the kitchen is my happy place - it's where I spend a majority of my time each week. Whether I'm making meals for Shane and myself, or creating treats to share with friends and family, it's always time well spent.
So, I owe a huge thank you to Dorie, not only for writing this book which brought so many of us together, but also for her support of this group over the years. I had the privilege of meeting her last year, and she truly exceeded all expectations. Thank you also to Laurie who founded the group, and all those who have helped her to keep it running all this time.
A new group will start working its way through another of Dorie's books, Baking with Julia, in February, and while I won't be baking along with them, I know I'll check in on their blogs and follow along when I can. The friendships I have forged through my participation in TWD have been the highlight of the experience for me, and I know these friendships will last for many years to come.