Welcome to our Holiday Recipe Blog Series! Here at Simon & Fig, were big fans of holiday baking, cooking, drinking, and eating! And thought it would be fun for all our authors to share their favorite holiday recipes with our readers. First up, we have Lisa Doyle, author MILKED, which Kirkus Reviews called “a fun, frothy read bolstered by a likable heroine and a snappy, fast-paced narrative.” We couldn’t agree more. And Lisa’s holiday recipe looks equally as fabulous! Read on for Lisa’s Pumpkin Cookies.
What goes better with a delicious read than cookies? Couldn’t tell you. But I will tell you that these iced pumpkin cookies are absolutely fantastic–light, sweet, and with a hint of spice, much like Amanda in MILKED. Enjoy with tea, coffee, milk, or if you’re really like Amanda, a Guinness.
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup pureed pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
-Heat oven to 350.
-Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
-Beat sugar and shortening with a mixer or by hand. Add pumpkin and vanilla, then slowly add flour mixture.
-Drop in large spoonfuls on cookie sheet.
-Bake for 15 min.
Yields approx. 24-30 cookies
Once cookies have cooled, prepare icing:
-Microwave the butter, milk, vanilla and brown sugar for 90 seconds.
-Stir in powdered sugar and frost cookies immediately.
By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?
It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?
A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.
Lisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChance Publishing, 2010). Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York. For more about Lisa, please visit her website.