Have Your Eggnog and Eat It Too

Before we dive into the recipe this week, we can’t help but think about traditions that are so prevalent in all our lives this time of year.  The music, a church service, the Christmas candies, the hunt for the perfect tree, searching for thee perfect gift for that impossible to shop for person on your list, and a never ending supply of hot cocoa.  It’s all storybook, really, interrupted by brief periods of uncontrollable stress.  And we’re guessing that’s how spiked egg nog evolved.

We were never Santa fans.  He scared us, and there was no way he could fit his rear end down our skinny chimney and land in the tiny wood burning stove, and then somehow get the door open.  Inconceivable.  We know there’s pictures out there of sitting on Santa’s lap that would make for great blackmail material.

Another tradition one half of us enjoyed growing up is — and what my heart slightly aches to be able to hear again — is Grandpa’s reading of the birth of Jesus.  I remember as a kid it always seemed to take an eternity, because even then, I just wanted to eat!  Now, it’s something so nostalgic and untouched, I just would give about anything to soak it up again, every last word.  Presents, of course, too, I was giddy for, but that darn cleanup always had to come first to make way for the dessert buffet.  Only in my later years have I truly come to appreciate this, this never ending dessert buffet.  The word “buffet” hardly does it justice.

I should have prefaced you all first by introducing you to our Sunday coffee time tradition at Grandma’s.  One tray for the kids’ table; one tray for the adults.  Plenty of coffee steeping away to wash it all down and prepare you for Sunday dinner, which actually is eaten at lunchtime.  That, we’ll will never understand.

cookie tray

Every Sunday after church, we make our way to Grandma’s for coffee time.  This is how we practice and gear up all year long for the one and only, infamously wonderful dessert buffet at Christmas.  I should warn you, if you are ever blessed to frequent this Christmas for whatever reason, the dessert buffet is not for the light of heart or diabetics.  We’ve trained years for this, basically, our whole lives for this once a year bright, sugar-sparkling event. Do not try at home, amateurs.

Anyway, you’re not here for someone else’s sappy memories, but here for a speedy Christmas recipe. This recipe is brought to you by Dessert For Two, 15 minutes, and eggnog. Click here to check out her wonderful blog and legit pictures of this recipe, unlike these pictures. Now, we have yet to this day to try eggnog all on its own. Steamed in a latte? Sure. Baked in some cookies? Of course! Poured in a mug with reindeer antlers on it for handles? We’ll just take the mug, filled with Baileys and hot cocoa..

hot cocoa

For real, though, this recipe requires such little effort.  We even got these cookies to turn out, which was a Christmas miracle. One of us has yet to make chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve never even attempted because I would rather not bring shame to the great all-American cookie.

These cookies, perfect for a last minute coffee time if you ever needed one, for two of course.  Perhaps the perfect dessert for after a date night in?  That’s about all the romance we can handle.  Please, we each get four cookies, and  we don’t share, and we’ll probably steal one of yours when you’re not looking.

If we haven’t sold you on this recipe yet, we got two bowls dirty, a spatula, and a cookie tray.  Boom. Effortless.  Did we mention it only makes eight cookies?  We’re just so in love with this little recipe.  It’s so darn cute, so charming, so fitting for this time of the year! Now pour yourself a delicious holiday beer, and bake yourself a batch of these cookies!

Ingredients
1 cup of yellow cake mix
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon cold eggnog
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

For the frosting:
⅓ cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons eggnog
freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

line up

Ignore that creamer!!  Everybody’s got a guilt food..

Instructions
1)Preheat the oven to 350.

2)In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients with a wooden spoon. Do not overmix. {I can about guarantee you we overmixed.  What does that even mean?}

dough

3)Divide the cookie dough into eight balls, and place on a lined baking sheet.

cookies

4) Bake for 9 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes; then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

5) Before serving, make the frosting by beating together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of eggnog. If the frosting is dry, add another tablespoon of eggnog to get it going. Frost the cookies and decorate with extra nutmeg.

final

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you and a Happy New Year, cheers!

S|S

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