Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing

Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing tree

You may recognize these Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing as my Halloween Sugar Cookies and you’re right. They’re exactly the same. But somehow, when I was looking at the page to make our Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing to give to friends, it simply didn’t feel right. I figured that if I was having a hard time using Halloween pictures to make Christmas cookies, well, probably you were having a hard time, too. Or even worse, not using Dirty Laundry Kitchen to make your Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing at all. Imagine my horror. Today, might have been my favorite time to date making these Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing, because my daughter and her daycare class all helped me out in the kitchen. Each child stamped out their own cookie, waited patiently as they baked, and then tromped back to school where these (unfrosted) cookies were the afternoon snack. Meanwhile I decorated the rest of these Old School Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing. Since I forgot how intense the gel food coloring I use is, I ended up with some seriously intense colors this year. But I really like them. And … Continue reading

Double Almond Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin bread cross section

Some recipes are an essential part of acknowledging the change of seasons for me and Double Almond Pumpkin Bread is definitely one of them for me. For passionate pumpkin lovers, there’s no such thing as too many pumpkin bread recipes and I’ve tried a lot of great ones of the years both in my kitchen, that friends have made and shared, and at coffee shops all over. And I frequently like them. But for me, Double Almond Pumpkin Bread, which my mother made in the fall, with its almonds and almond extract is my favorite; perhaps because it’s quite unique. The orange and almond extracts fill out the pumpkiny flavor and make it more complex. But all of this flavor comes at quite the price. Beware! Double Almond Pumpkin Bread is really a delicious coffee cake calorically. It’s definitely dessert. That said, the recipe is quite flexible and you should feel free to reduce the butter and sugar drastically (I cut butter down to ½ cup and leave out the granulated sugar altogether and then remove 2 tablespoons of flour as well) and it still tastes great, but I’ll give you the recipe as I learned it. I also tend to … Continue reading