Almond Joy Fudge

I’m sure there are plenty of fun and fancy ways to add coconut and almonds to fudge. But seriously, I was having one of those what-can-I-throw-together-in-5-minutes kind of days. And it worked out perfectly!

Almond Shortbread Fingers

Since it’s almost Halloween, I figured some fake blood and body parts were in order.

Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

I told my kids they have no imagination when it comes to cold cereal. All they do, day in and day out, is pour it in a bowl and cover it with milk. To prove my point, I turned my box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds into a crust for these cheesecake bars.

Linzer Cookies

My sister-in-law gave me a jar of the most beautiful dark and flavorful plum jelly you’ve ever seen. It’s tart, full of flavor, and frankly, tastes fantastic with these almond Linzers. I debated about parting with it but finally decided the cookies were worth it.

Baked Coconut Almond Oatmeal Cups

Can I make a confession? I don’t like oatmeal. Never have. There is not enough sugar in the world to make otherwise delicious oats actually taste good when they are cooked.

Almond Buttermilk Cake

The book says it’s called a visiting cake because you can see your neighbors coming up the road, and throw this cake together before they get to the front door. It’s just about right, too. This thing was easy like Sunday morning.

Almond Balls

Maybe I should have titled them “Chocolate Almond Balls” or “Chocolate Cream Pie Balls” or something like that, because there’s not a lot of almond in those balls. They are mostly chocolate, rolled in… not almonds… cookie crumbs.

Almond Shortbread Cookies

But you know what makes me completely happy and relaxed when I’m homicidal not happy? The smell of almond extract. It’s quite literally the most amazing smell ever. I mean, you can talk about your fresh cut grass, or pine forest, or ocean breeze, or even apple pie, but none of them can even compete with almond extract. *deep inhale*

Toffee Almond Cookies

Pin ItA crispy cookie with toffee bits and chopped almonds. Source: My Baking Addiction, who uses a similar recipe frequently, with great success. Yield: A mega-ton. I made regular sized cookies and ended up with more than 6 dozen.  If you make the large 5-inch version that MBA suggests, you’ll end up with less than [Read On]