Christmas Eve is 10 days away! Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s come so quickly this year. It’s funny how so much thought and preparation can be put into a day or an event and then before you know it, it’s come and gone. But this is life. And, luckily, Christmas comes every year! I just finished ALL my baking over the weekend and it turned out so well! I like to give a small tin of baked good to close friends and family for Christmas gifts so be prepared for a couple sweet recipes coming your way this week and maybe even a couple next week leading up to the big day.
These cookies are delicious. They’re a little lighter than some of the other recipes so they’re a nice break from some of the heavier baked goods (not that they aren’t delicious too!). I was going to just call these Eggnog Cookies but two people over the weekend said that they taste a little like doughnuts because they were fluffier than traditional cookies so I decided to go with that. They’re definitely the easiest of all the baked goods so if you’re a novice baker or you’re in a time crunch, this might be the recipe for you.
For the cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup eggnog
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the icing
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup eggnog
- Cream the butter together with the sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer (KitchenAid Stand Mixers are the BEST for this – BIG thanks to my mother-in-law for getting me an industrial sized one as a wedding gift last year. I LOVE it) until it is light and fluffy. Mix in your egg, the vanilla and the eggnog until well blended.
- Combine all your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg ) and then add to the wet ingredients little by little until it is all combined. Do not over-mix.
- Chill this dough for 2 hours in the fridge. If you’re pressed for time, half an hour in the freezer will do the job too.
- Preheat oven to 350 ° and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Form the dough into little tablespoon sized balls and put them into the oven for 10 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
- When the cookies have cooled, ice them by mixing the powdered sugar and eggnog together and dipping the tops into the mixture.
Not too tricky, right? Definitely worth the effort. What are your favourite Christmas cookies?