Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies{1}It’s about that time – cookie season! In all likelihood, you have a list of your favorite go-to Christmas cookie recipes. But, if you’re like me, you also like to try new cookies to keep your selection interesting. Sugar cookies are pretty much always a safe bet, but this slight modification–adding eggnog to the dough and icing–turns a classic into something extra special.

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 30 cookies
  • Difficulty: medium
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Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

Eggnog Sugar Cookies{1}

Cookie Ingredients
2 t vanilla extract
1 ¼ c butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
1 ½ t baking powder
½ t ground nutmeg (or one freshly grated nutmeg), plus more for garnish
½ t salt
1 egg
1 T eggnog
3 ¼ c all-purpose flour

Icing Ingredients
3 c powdered sugar
½ t vanilla extract
¼ c eggnog

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.  Beat until combined.
  • Add egg, eggnog, and vanilla.  Again beat until combined.
  • Gradually add in flour.  Add only about a cup at a time to avoid a mess.
  • Remove batter from bowl, divide in half, and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll out cookie dough on a floured surface to about ¼-inch thick.  Cut with your favorite cookie cutter.
  • Place on an ungreased or lined cookie sheet (silpat or parchment).  They won’t spread much, so you don’t need to leave a lot of space between cookies.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are firm and slightly browned.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack, and repeat process with all dough.
  • While cookies are cooling make the icing.  Combine powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and eggnog to make a thick icing.  It should be thick enough that it will not slide off the side of the cookie, but thin enough that it will settle into a smooth, clear glaze.
  • Dust with nutmeg.
  • If storing, place waxed paper between layers of cookies, as the icing stays slightly soft.  These freeze well, too.

Merry Christmas!

Eggnog Sugar Cookies{1}

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