Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two Weeks of Christmas Treats, Day 1: Gingerbread Eggnog Cookies

For the next two weeks, it’s all Christmas, all the time here at Cassie Craves! I have ten great recipes for Christmas treats to share with you. If you’re still planning your Christmas cookie trays (like I am – I can’t believe I haven’t finalized my baking list yet!!), I hope you find something here that inspires you. All of the recipes I’ll be sharing were on my cookie trays last year.

First up are these delicious gingerbread eggnog cookies. They’re a classic, quick and easy drop cookie, and one batch makes a ton, which makes them perfect for gift-giving and cookie exchanges.

As you can probably tell from the picture, the cookies aren’t actually gingerbread. They’re made with gingerbread eggnog. This stuff is delicious – on its own, and in the cookies. It gives the cookies just the right amount of the warm, inviting, spicy flavor of gingerbread. It’s a flavor that just screams Christmas for me, and it turns these cookies into something really special.

Gingerbread Eggnog Cookies
adapted from Allrecipes

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup gingerbread (or plain, or any flavor) eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg, eggnog and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture so it is well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 6 dozen cookies.

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