These Star-Shaped Christmas Cookies With A “Stained-Glass” Center Have A Rich Eggnog Flavor!
Oh yes, these are a Christmas favorite for the eye as well as taste. Eggnog is a Christmas Holiday season delight — not something I especially enjoy, but I know it is healthy and a family favorite.
These cookies are delicious and a bit of a challenge to make — but well worth the effort — and greatly appreciated by your friends and family.
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/4 cup eggnog
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup crushed hard butterscotch candies
Optional Icing Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon rum extract
2 to 3 tablespoons eggnog
Yellow colored sugar
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and eggnog. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 portion at a time to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. star cutter. Cut out centers with a 1-1/2-in. star cutter. Line baking sheets with foil; grease foil.
Place large star cutouts on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon candy in open center of each. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling small cutouts if desired.
Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Carefully slide foil and cookies from baking sheets onto wire racks to cool.
If icing is desired, beat confectioners’ sugar, rum extract and enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar. Let stand until hardened.