December 27th, 2011

Kid’s Thumbprints

First, the cookies: Peanut buttery dough filled with jam or chocolate (chocolate was an easy choice for me).  The dough is rolled in chopped peanuts for some crunchy goodness.  I made them extra big so I could use my bigger than kid sized thumbs to make the imprint.  So good, even after a week filled with treats.  As fitting with my typical M.O., I ate one for breakfast. Dorie has the recipe posted on her blog.

And with that, our little baking group has finished every recipe in Baking from My Home to Yours.  I missed a week here and there, but I’d say I have most of the book completed.  And many of recipes are now go to recipes.  I’ve made the tall and creamy cheesecake 4 times in the last year alone (including for Christmas eve), the carrot cake is requested for many birthdays, the rhubarb crisp is my summery favorite…  There are too many to mention.  In addition to honing some baking skills and getting pretty comfortable putting my own twist on a recipe, this group has provided great friendship more than anything. I even found that one of the bakers lived less than a mile down the street from me (Hi Jennifer!) The internet and good people can make some pretty good stuff happen. 

The other week, bakers were emailing me their photos so we could get a gift for Dorie, Laurie, and Jules together and it was so great to see the pictures as they came in.  I loved seeing everyone with their much loved books. Thank you to the bakers for sharing your successes and screw ups every week, and for providing sweet encouraging comments.  Thanks to Laurie and Jules for keeping us going- no easy task.  And thanks for Dorie for writing a recipe full of the best recipes- definitely worthy of four years of baking! Love you all so much!