For me, it's just not the holidays with out a little eggnog. Truthfully, I can't drink the stuff straight, but I do like the eggnog flavor in things. The year before last, there were Eggnog Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Syrup, and Eggnog and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls. Last year, I made an Eggnog and Cranberry Christmas Braid. And this year? How about some Eggnog and Cranberry Thumbprints? Ok...I'll admit it...I like a little eggnog and a little cranberry for the holidays....
Want to know a secret? I didn't put any eggnog in my cookies...just eggnog flavors. Think plenty of freshly grated nutmeg.....
Eggnog and Cranberry Thumbprints
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce, drained
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons spiced rum (or 2 tablespoons eggnog)
Nutmeg for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.; line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and the vanilla and continue to beat until creamy. Whisk together the flour, nutmeg, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until until just blended.
Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheets. Use your thumb to make indentations in each cookie. Fill each indentation with about 3/4 teaspoon cranberry sauce. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool completely before frosting.
Leftover cranberry sauce? I can't think of a better use for it. Just set it in a strainer to drain while you are making the cookie dough.
For the frosting, beat together the butter, powdered sugar and spiced rum or eggnog. Pipe the frosting on the cooled cookies using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Sprinkle each frosted cookie with more nutmeg.
Be sure to cool those cookies completely or the frosting is going to melt. I wouldn't know anything about that first hand....
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