Eggnog Cookies

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Good tidings we bring to you and your king;

Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer!

 

It's that time of year again! Time for my annual Christmas Cookie Recipe!

But first, two things: What exactly is figgy pudding? And secondly, I have had a cup of good cheer today (whipped Pinnacle with cream).I hope you all had a great Christmas this year! I spent the day with three different families: My mums family, my dad's people and family, and my wonderful godchild!

 

And you know what goes great with a cup of good cheer?

Eggnog Cookies!

 

That's right!And it really tastes like eggnog too!That's because it actually has eggnog in it!I had so much fun making these (and wearing my new apron)!

 

And the cookies were a hit with my family.My nine year old cousin ate three within a six minute car ride.They are soft but not too soft, and kinda melt-in-your-mouth.These are also somewhat low fat in that I didn't use butter. I partially used margarine and substituted the rest with applesauce (a little tip I learned from Cook Yourself Thin). The applesauce makes it just a little bit chewy.They're so good I think I'll have one more with a cup of eggnog before I hit the hay.I know I know, let me stop talking and just get to the recipe already!

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza everyone!

Eggnog Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: About 24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for topping

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup plain, natural applesauce

1/2 cup margarine, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp rum (you won't even taste it or feel the boozy effects)

1/2 cup eggnog

 

Frosting

1/2 cup margarine, at room temperature (Or 1/4 cup margarine and 1/4 cup apple sauce)

3 - 5 Tbsp eggnog

1/2 tsp rum extract

3 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon for 30 seconds, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks one at a time, blending just until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, rum and egg nog.

With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and drop onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart.

Bake in preheated oven 11 - 13 minutes.

Allow to rest on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Eggnog Frosting and sprinkle tops lightly with nutmeg.For the Eggnog Frosting:In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until very pale and fluffy. Add in rum extract and 3 Tbsp eggnog and mix in powdered sugar. Add additional eggnog to reach desired consistency.

Recipe adapted from: Cooking Classy