Egg Nog Cookies

MAKE THESE. Seriously, I don't care if you don't like egg nog, you will like these. And the best part is, there is no rolling, cutting, sprinkling, or double-boiling involved with these things. They are so easy!

Recipe (makes about 3-4 dozen)
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup egg nog
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg yolks
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Egg Nog Icing
2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup egg nog
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter and both sugars in a bowl with a standing mixer. Add the egg nog, vanilla, and egg yolks. Mix just until combined. 

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add it to the butter mixture. Eat some dough.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and drop the cookie dough in about 2-tablespoon portions, a couple inches apart.
Bake for about 22 minutes...
Yes, I ate half of one as soon as it came out of the oven. I couldn't help myself.
Let the cookies cool completely, then prepare the icing.  Mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer, adding more egg nog if necessary. You want the icing to be very thin and glaze-like.  Drizzle the icing over the cookies, and eat one immediately.
 This is my first in a series of Christmas cookie recipes....stay tuned. I got a little carried away this weekend.

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