05 Dec 2010 Eggnog Spritz Cookies

I feel asleep. In my chair. In front of the TV. I think it had something to do with watching my 2 year old grandson from 9 AM to midnight.  Nevertheless, I missed posting cookie number four of my “Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies” special, oooops! That just means that I’ll have to play catch up and post two Christmas Cookie recipes today!

The recipe I meant to post yesterday was this Eggnog Spritz recipe.  I’ve been making these spritz cookies for so long, two cookie presses ago,  that I have no memory of where I got the original recipe.  My friend Anne had received some of these cookies in her Christmas Cookie box in 1999, and last year she tried to make them for herself  (when I give people cookies, I always include the recipe)…  Unfortunately, she wasn’t happy with them.  She said they weren’t as strongly flavored as she remembered them.  Well, that wasn’t good.  So this year, I upped the nutmeg and the rum flavoring.   We don’t want the memory of an eggnog flavor in these cookies, we want eggnog flavor! Anne came over for a little taste test last night, and was quite happy with this version.  Me, too!  There’s no cookie in the world that won’t benefit from a bit more nutmeg!

Eggnog Spritz Cookies

  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour (I always use unbleached all purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (make sure it is fresh, a bottle from a few years ago won’t have much flavor)
  • 1 ½ cups butter (3 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons rum extract
  • Nutmeg Sugar (mix 1 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  3. In the bowl of electric mixer cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stir in egg yolks, vanilla, and rum extracts.  Beat until well combined.
  4. With mixer running, gradually add flour mixture to butter-sugar mixture.  Dough should be very soft.
  5. Force dough through a cookie press and onto ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets.  I usually make the small star shaped spritz cookie, but the manual cookie press I borrowed (my second cookie press-one battery operated, one electric-just burned out) didn’t have a star disk, I just made long logs, baked them, and then broke into pieces.  This works, but it’s not as attractive as individual star shaped cookies 🙂
  6. Sprinkle cookies with nutmeg sugar. If desired, add an extra grating of freshly grated whole nutmeg over the cookies.
  7. Bake in preheated 400º oven for 6-7 minutes.
  8. Cool cookies on tray for a minute, and them remove to a rack to cool completely.  Makes approximately 5 dozen small spritz cookies.

Sorry I was sleeping when you stopped by my kitchen yesterday, but I’m you came back today though!  I’ll post another recipe just as soon as I return from a little Christmas shopping!  I have to find a Bundt cake pan for my daughter.  Next year she and I are tempted to join in the month of  “I Like Big Bundts” bake-a-thon! It sounds like so much fun!!

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3 Responses
  1. Ray says:

    Sounds so good-I love eggnog

  2. Debbie Six says:

    I am sooooooooooo happy you posted this recipe. I had this recipe years ago from a Better Homes and Gardens Christmas cookies edition and it has been a family favorite ever since, but the recipe got lost and I searched a long time online before I found yours- which is the recipe I remember. It stuck in my memory because of the three sticks of real butter and three egg yolks. Thank you so much for giving me back what I feared may be lost forever! The magazine was long gone and the hand written card I gave to my Mother fell behind some cabinets that couldn’t be moved so it seemed I was out of luck until I found your site! It was just in time too, because I am planning to make Christmas cookie trays for the restaurant I work in and really wanted to offer these family favorites and had to turn in the recipe for the owner to cost it out by today. So again, THANK YOU!

    • Polly says:

      YES! That must have been where I found the recipe. I have been picking up copies of BH&G Christmas Cookie publications for years. GLAD we both agree on this cookie. It’s a keeper.

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