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Friday, December 16, 2011

Foodie Friday

YAY for Friday!!  Today is Foodie Friday and Im going to share with you one of the recipes I make for Christmas Cookies.  I love christmas cookies, making the dough, cutting them out, but I HATE decorating them.  I dont know why, I just hate decorating cookies, but se la vie we all have to do things in life we dont really like.  So lets get to the recipe shall we?!  Today is Eggnog Cutout Cookies.  I love these because the spice is subtle and the decorating is a snap!  I divide the icing recipe into 4 bowls and dye them different colors to make fun solid color cookies.  Here is the recipe:

Eggnog Cutout Cookies
(A Taste of Home recipe)

Servings: 4dozen         Prep Time: 25min           Chill: 1hr            Bake: 10min        Difficulty: Easy

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon eggnog
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
    • 4 to 5 tablespoons eggnog (the better quality eggnog the better the icing, thick is good)
  • Liquid or paste food coloring, optional
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Stir in eggnog. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, nutmeg if desired and enough eggnog to achieve icing consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Spread over cooled cookies; let stand until set. 
A note from me...when you roll them out you need  ALOT of flour, they can be kinda sticky and the first batch will not un-stick from the surface, but once you get to the second, third, fourth batch they turn out great.  Just be prepared to use a lot of flour.
I love these cookies and hope you do too!  Make sure and share :)  If you have any interesting variations to share let me know I would love to hear how you made this recipe your own!

Project Housewife Out!

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