Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Eggnog Cookies

Many years ago, I was browsing through the cookbook section of a book store and I happened upon the Mrs. Fields Cookie Book. I bought it and tried a few of the recipes. Can I just tell you that it's now one of my all time favorite cookbooks? like EVER! I've tried easily dozens of the recipes in the book and there isn't a bad one in the bunch. Seriously! Here is one of my favorite Mrs. Fields recipes. Try 'em! I know you'll love 'em!

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup salted butter
1/2 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 larges egg yolks
1 tablespoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300F.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside. In a large bowl cream sugar and butter with an electric mixer to form a grainy paste. Add eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed just until combined. Do not overmix. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until bottoms turn light brown. Immediately transfer to a cool, flat surface.

I like to add a tsp of rum extract. It really punches up the flavor!
If you'd like a glazed cookie, add a little eggnog to some powdered sugar until it's the right consistency and drizzle over the cooled cookies.

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