Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog Cookies

Oh sure, this recipe is all over the place. So, being the outrageously inventive person that I am, I decided to give it a try. (snicker, snicker—outrageously inventive—hahahahahaha)

After I got married and started doing my own Christmas baking, I made a deal with myself to try at least one new cookie recipe each year. I am generally fiercely loyal to the family favorites that my grandmother used to make, but through the years I have allowed that maybe there were other good recipes out in the world, too. My reasoning is that my Granny liked to try new recipes, so I am honoring her both by using her recipes and also by trying recipes that are new to me.

These cookies passed the “whole family” test of approval. I personally found that I could down four of them without even thinking about what I was doing.

Fresh out of the oven, with just a bit of time to cool, the cookies are crispy around the edges and chewy-soft in the center. After they sit in a covered container, the entire cookie becomes soft. Either way, they taste great.

Eggnog Cookies

 

Eggnog Cookies

Recipe Source: original found at Food.com; slightly adapted version at Your Cup of Cake

Ingredients

    For the cookies
  • 2 1/4 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (I used freshly grated)
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • For the Eggnog Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons eggnog

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks. Beat at medium speed until smooth.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed just until the ingredients are combined. This can also be done by hand with a large mixing spoon. Do NOT over mix.
  6. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets or parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Make the dough balls small; I used a small cookie scoop to form each ball. The dough spreads when quite a bit when cooked, so only put 12 cookies per cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on each dough ball. Bake 15-18 minutes or until the edges barely start to brown. Do not over-cook.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the eggnog glaze. Mix the powdered sugar and eggnog together in a small bowl.
  9. Drizzle warm or cool cookies with glaze. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. I put the cookies on a wire cooling rack with the rack placed over parchment paper to catch the drips from the glaze.
http://tsgcookin.com/2012/12/eggnog-cookies/

Eggnog CookiesAdd the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon to a medium-size bowl.
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Eggnog Cookies Now give it all a quick whisk together and set aside.
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Eggnog Cookies In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
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Eggnog Cookies Now add the eggnog, vanilla extract, and the two eggs yolks. And…you guessed it, beat it all together until smooth.
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Eggnog Cookies Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
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Eggnog Cookies Mix on a low-ish speed just until the ingredients are combined. They can also be stirred together by hand with your favorite stirring spoon.
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Eggnog CookiesPlace small spoonsful of dough on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet. I used a small cookie scoop for uniform size cookies.
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Eggnog Cookies Now sprinkle the cookie dough lightly with nutmeg. I grated fresh nutmeg with a microplane. Bake the cookies in a 350-degree F oven for 15-18 minutes, just until the edges barely start to brown.
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Eggnog Cookies While the cookies are baking, mix together the glaze ingredients: powdered sugar and nutmeg, so simple yet so good.
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 Eggnog CookiesPlace the cookies on a rack…
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Eggnog Cookies…and set the rack over parchment paper. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies. They do not have to be completely cool before applying the glaze.
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Eggnog CookiesSprinkle lightly with cinnamon. I put a small amount of cinnamon in a fine-mesh strainer and tapped it gently over the cookies.
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Eggnog Cookies
See? Pretty.
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Eggnog Cookies

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