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Soft Holiday Eggnog Cookies

1/2 – cup (1 stick)  unsalted butter, softened
1 – cup sugar
1 – egg
1 – teaspoon spice island vanilla extract
1/4 – tsp rum extract
dash of  ground nutmeg
2 1/2 – cups all-purpose flour
1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
1/2 – teaspoon salt
1/2 – 1 cup – eggnog


2 – 3 – tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 – 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 – cup eggnog
1/2 – teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and rum extract. Combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with eggnog and mix well. Start by adding a 1/2 cup of eggnog and if you feel that the dough is to thick you can up to 1 cup. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. I used my small cookie scoop for this. Flatten down the cookie dough just a bit and bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Watch them closely they may not take the full 10 minutes, depending on your oven. The cookies are done when they are golden brown around the edges but still light in color on top.  Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack, cool completely and frost.


For the frosting, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, eggnog and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. If the frosting is to runny add more confectioners sugar. If it is really thick add a bit more eggnog. It should be spreadable. Frost the cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar on top. I used regular granulated sugar mixed with spice island ground cinnamon.

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