Christmas preparations are in full swing in our house! The tree is up, the gingerbread houses are build, Christmas movies and music are on non-stop and of course, I’m doing some baking! I loooove the holidays for the food! Not only do I love making it, but I love it because everyone seems to use this time to pull out their favorite cookie recipe and bake huge batches to share with family and friends. And we are no different. I unfortunately don’t have any signature recipes that I make every year. I’m adventurous though and I’m usually up for trying anything once if it sounds good!
This year I was intrigued by an Eggnog cookie recipe. We are BIG lovers of Eggnog in our family, so it was really a no-brainer that these would be delicious! And we were not disappointed! I baked up THREE batches of these delicious cookies and froze them to share with family on Christmas eve/day! The problem will be…will they make it till Christmas? I have a feeling they won’t!
I thought it would be fun to share this recipe with a few modifications/explanations from my experience. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 white sugar
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup eggnog (original recipe calls for only 1/2 cup but I found the extra 1/4 cup added some much needed moisture)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp nutmeg (for sprinkling on top of cookies before baking)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well, and set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks and beat with a hand mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture, and stir by hand to combine. Do not over mix.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg and bake 20 – 22 minutes until edges are lightly browning.
*If you prefer your cookie to have a smooth, rounded look, I recommend rolling them into perfect balls before placing on the cookie sheet. I found that this made for a much ‘prettier’ cookie. I also tried just plopping them on the cookie sheet as the recipe suggests and they look much more home made that way!