Eggnog Cookies with Creamy Eggnog Frosting
Growing up, Christmas was about food, visiting family, food, presents, food, and food. Mum spent days baking and making candy. The dining room table, so big it seated eight easily and ten if we squeezed together, was covered with sugary treats. I carried that tradition on for decades. Now, with a waistline I have to keep a very close eye on and only two of us in the house, I seldom bake sweets. Or…I did until I realized I can bake, have a few cookies or whatever it is I’ve created, and send the rest to work with Steve. Winning! Eggnog Cookies have been on my “I’m going to make that next year” list for a long time. I finally made them this week and now I’m kicking myself for waiting for so long.
The eggnog cookies recipe I started with came from Pinterest. Looking at the ingredients and amounts, I knew I wasn’t going to love the cookies. I made adjustments twice and came up with a recipe so good I can’t stay out of the cookie jar. I packed them up and sent them to work with Steve this morning.
Eggnog Cookies with Creamy Frosting
- 1/2 cup sugar I used turbinado. It adds a tiny bit of crunchy texture to the cookie.
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup butter room temperature
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tbl eggnog
- 1 tbl butter melted
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- Mix the butter and sugars together, and then add the egg and mix until well blended. In a bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix together. Add a cup of the dry mix to the butter, sugar, mix, and then add a half cup at a time until it's all mixed together. Don't over blend or the cookies will be tough. If the dough isn't stiff, add a little more flour, up to a half-cup. Using an ice cream scoop, drop the dough onto a cookie sheet. Leave enough room for the cookies to spread 50% of the size of the ball. If you need to spread the cookies out among a lot of people you can use a one-ounce scoop. Bake at 350°F for 9 to 15 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown. Remove the cookies before they brown so they'll stay soft. Let cool on the cookie sheet for five or six minutes and then move to a cooling rack.
Creamy Eggnog Frosting
- Melt the butter. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Blend until smooth and creamy. When the cookies are complete cool, drizzle or spread the frosting. Store the cookies in a single layer, uncovered, overnight to let the frosting dry.