I’m one of those people who likes eggnog. I really do! Eggnog ice cream, eggnog cheesecake? Love it! I even like it in my coffee. Some people might get excited about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes-not me! I cheer when those eggnog lattes come out. I’ll be honest. My husband thinks it’s well . . . odd. And because of the calories and fat, I don’t have much eggnog anything anymore.
That’s probably a good thing, right?
But here’s my confession. Eggnog brings back memories of Christmas morning back in Houston, Texas. My father would always make it after we opened presents. It was for adults-loaded with whipped cream and whiskey. I would get a little sip of the adult concoction, then he’d pull out the Borden milk carton from the dairy and pour me a glass with just a sprinkle of nutmeg on top to make me feel grownup.
My parents are long gone. My mornings spent in Texas are too, I guess. But, still, anything that has eggnog in it reminds me of the excitement of Christmas morning, my father being in a very good mood, and all of us wearing sweaters and boots because it was sixty degrees outside.
I often buy church cookbooks when I visit small town libraries. I love them. I love the stories ladies write about treasured recipes, love the recipes that are so good they are meant to be shared. When I found the following eggnog cookie recipe from a church up in Richfield, PA, I knew it was going to be good. I guess I’m not the only gal who likes a little eggnog in her cookies!
Here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy them. More importantly, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, filled with family and friends and many blessings.
1c. butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp ground nutmeg
5 ½ c. flour
- With mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggnog, baking soda, and nutmeg. Gradually add flour. Chill overnight in refrigerator or chill 2 hours in freezer.
- Preheat oven to 375. On well-floured surface, roll out dough. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookies sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes Cool. Makes about 8 dozen.
- When cookies are cool, frost with eggnog icing.
In mixer, combine 3 cups powdered sugar and 1/14 cups margarine or butter in medium bowl until well mixed. Gradually beat in 1/3 cup eggnog. Mix until smooth.
Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church. Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities several times a year.
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