Weather: 27 degrees, a little bit of snow fell earlier today
What I’m listening to: Irish Christmas station on Pandora
To create these sparkly beauties, I adapted my popular “Lofthouse style” Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies and made a Christmas version, using the festive flavors of eggnog. OH. MY. YES. I’m a big eggnog fan and I’m always looking for excuses to use it in baking. But, my oldest son, who doesn’t typically enjoy drinking eggnog, absolutely loved these cookies right along with the rest of the family. Nothing makes me happier than to convert a hater into a lover where food and flavors are concerned.
If you’re a fan of the original version of these cookies, never fear. They are still the exact same soft, tender bakery quality cookie you’re accustomed to, slathered with the same fluffy buttercream frosting. Here’s what I did to create the eggnog magic: I added a fair amount of ground nutmeg to the dry ingredients and I subbed out the vanilla extract for rum extract instead. I also stirred two tablespoons of eggnog into the Greek yogurt before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. I made similar substitutions with the frosting – rum extract for vanilla and eggnog instead of cream. These slight tweaks to an already reliable base recipe make a delightful, addictive, and eye-catching Christmas cookie.
May your days be merry and bright. And may they include cookies.