Thursday, December 24, 2009

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Here's another Christmas-plate-repeat recipe.  I love these little guys.  The recipe comes from Eating, Etc.  These are really yummy- they taste just like eggnog.  I just use regular vanilla in the dough, since I don't have any vanilla-rum extract but I'm sure it would be even better with the vanilla-rum.  (See Eating, Etc.'s original post for a link to a recipe for homemade vanilla-rum extract).  I also use rum flavoring in the frosting, instead of real rum.  To make this recipe go farther for my Christmas plates, I use my tiny cookie scoop to scoop the dough, and get a little over 40 cookies. 

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

The Cookie Dough:
3/4c unsalted butter, softened
1/2c white sugar
1/4c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2tsp vanilla extract
2c all-purpose flour
1/4tsp salt

1) Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2) In a medium bowl or in bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter, white sugar, & brown sugar.

3) Add egg & vanilla and beat until well-mixed.

4) Combine flour & salt; blend into creamed mixture.

5) Roll dough into 1” balls (or smaller). Place on cookie sheets, 2” apart.

6) Make fairly deep indentation in center of each cookie with thumb.

7) Bake for 8-10 minutes.

8) Cool COMPLETELY (or your icing will melt & go flat).

The Frosting:
1/4c butter, softened
1+c powdered sugar (add more until frosting is fairly stiff, but still able to ooze through zip-bag)
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
milk, if needed
ground nutmeg, to taste (freshly ground from a nutmeg nut is most flavorful!)

1) In a small bowl, mix together 1/4c butter, powdered sugar (more if too runny), & rum extract (and milk, if needed to help with consistency).

2) Place mixture in small ziplock bag. Cut small triangle from one corner of bag. Squeeze icing onto thumbprint indentation of each cookie.

3) Garnish with nutmeg.

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