It's still too early to panic about the Christmas festivities, so relax, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and be inspired.
Every year Carol of Just Let Me Quilt hosts the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange blog hop and I always have to join in the fun! It's just the ticket to get my creative juices flowing for the holidays. Thank you, Carol, for letting me play along and for hosting this fabulous hop.
This year I decided to make a batch of Eggnog Cookies. These are sweet and spicy and leave your kitchen smelling amazing. If you bake these cookies, make sure to make a large batch because recipients will beg you for more.
I'm hoping Santa will love a couple of these cookies with a hot cup of coffee. He's going to need lots of coffee for his midnight run! If you would like to make a batch or two for gift giving or holiday noshing, I have provided the recipe below:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup eggnog
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon butter, softened
Pinch of salt
1/4+ cup eggnog
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves together in a small bowl.
3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl.
4. Add the eggnog, vanilla, and egg and beat at medium speed until smooth.
5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat at low speed until just blended.
6. Create 2 Tablespoon-size balls of cookie dough and roll into balls.
7. Roll each ball in the additional sugar to coat, then place on cookie sheet one inch apart. .
8. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until bottoms are light brown.
9. Allow the cookies to cool slightly, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
10. Drizzle icing over cookies.
As a runner, it's a little small for my dining room table. I should have added a few more reindeer to add length. No matter, Santa seems to like it, and it can make a cute wall hanging, too.
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