Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies
Yield: about 24 cookies
Prep 25 mins | Chill 1 hr | Bake 375°F 8 mins
1/2 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, or 2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dairy or canned eggnog
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Eggnog Icing (recipe below)
Coarse sugar (optional)
1. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape pulp from vanilla bean; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, eggnog, and vanilla pulp or vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough portions to 1/4 inch thick. Using a fluted round 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place dough rounds 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are just lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Repeat with other dough portion. Spread cookies with Eggnog Icing. If desired, sprinkle with coarse sugar. Let icing dry. Makes about 24 cookies.
From the test kitchen: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 - 4 tablespoons dairy or canned eggnog or milk
In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough dairy or canned eggnog or milk to make an icing of spreading consistency.