Friday, December 13, 2013

Eggnog and Cranberry Thumbprints

Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita's Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

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 egg
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....

Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:

     Christmas Fudge by Cravings of a Lunatic
     Peanut Butter Cup Fudge by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
     Peppermint Mocha Tart by See Aimee Cook
     Peanut Brittle by Noshing With The Nolands
     Spiced Cranberry Holiday Margaritas by Pineapple and Coconut
     Turtle Bark by The Girl In The little Red Kitchen
     Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Sauce by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
     Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate by My Catholic Kitchen
     Pomegranate-Ginger Champagne Cocktail by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
     Spiked Butterscotch Hot Chocolate by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
     Frozen Mint Cookie Pie by The Messy Baker
     Stuffed Nut Roll Cookies by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
     Irish Cream Tiramisu by Cooking In Stilettos
     Lemon Sandwich Cookies by Try Anything Once Culinary
     Orange Creamsicle Fudge by Home Cooking Memories
     Stained Glass Window Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter

     Eggnog and Cranberry Thumbprints by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter

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  1. Totally drooling looking at your cookies, at the very least I want to run out to get myself some eggnog!! Love the combination of flavors with the cranberry sauce!!!

  2. It's so fun to see different interpretations of eggnog and cranberries in a thumbprint. I made some a few years back and used dried cranberries in the cookies and eggnog in the filling. I really like your use of cranberry sauce.

  3. I have been really into eggnog flavors this year! I would love to bake up some of these and taste them for myself. Eggnog and cranberry are calling my name...

  4. I love eggnog, and just can't wait to try this!

    Happy day #5!

  5. Cranberry and eggnog sounds like the perfect combo. Love these!

  6. These look so yummy. I just want to sink my teeth into one or ten of them. They look perfect. Thanks for joining us this week.

  7. These are gorgeous. I love that you married the eggnog and cranberry flavors! It is a match made in heaven! :-)
    Kristin from

  8. I'm not a fan of drinking eggnog but would totally eat those cookies, especially with the combination of cranberry!