My husband has a work holiday party tomorrow, and he mentioned last night that they’re supposed to bring a food item to share. He mumbled something about how he could just bring money to donate instead, then he glanced at me slyly and said, “but you make really good cookies…”
Well, okay then mister! As if you have to twist my arm to bake Christmas cookies! So I decided to try a fun new recipe and ended up with this soft, extraordinary cookie that is sure to conjure up that holiday spirit at any party!
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 3/4 cup eggnog
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks (or 2 flax eggs*)
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2.) Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg in small bowl
3.) Cream sugars, butter, and oil until fluffy. Add eggnog, vanilla, and eggs (or substitute); beat at medium speed until smooth.
4.) Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined.
5.) Refrigerate dough for an hour, to make it easier to handle
6.) Roll in 1 inch balls, bake on ungreased cookie sheet 15-18 minutes until lightly browned on bottom. Yields 4 dozen cookies
*Flax eggs can be used for vegan baking (or if you ran out of eggs!). Grind up flax seeds in a coffee or spice grinder. Mix 2 tbsp ground flax with 1/4 cup boiling water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until it thickens to an egg-like gel. Then simply use in place of eggs in most baking recipes!
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp light corn syrup
- ~1.5 tbsp eggnog
1.) Add first 2 ingredients in a small bowl, then add only 1 tbsp eggnog. Mix well.
2.) Continue stirring, and add 1/2 tsp more eggnog at a time until frosting is at the desired consistency. I did mine as a glaze, so I thinned it to about the consistency of honey.
3.) Frost cookies and top with a very light dusting of nutmeg.
*This made the perfect amount of frosting for the 48 cookies I made. Frosting can easily be doubled though, just remember to add the liquid small amounts at a time.
I love this frosting – when it’s thin like this it drips perfectly down the sides and smooths out so beautifully! Plus it hardens quickly with that gorgeous shiny gloss!
I definitely recommend you try this recipe for any upcoming holiday gatherings! And let me know how you liked it!
Question for you: What’s your favorite holiday cookie to make/eat?