Eggnog Cookies with Buttercream Icing

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Eggnog Cookies with Buttercream Icing

For the cookies:

  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

For the icing:

  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rum extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons eggnog
  • Additional ground nutmeg, optional

For the cookies:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar on medium to medium-high speed until fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolks, one at a time. Beat until well incorporated, scraping the side of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add eggnog and rum extract.
  4. Add flour, one cup at a time, mixing well between each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Place at least two inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 12-16 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are brown.
  9. Allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

For the icing:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, butter, rum extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon at low speed, increasing to medium speed once the ingredients start to come together.
  2. Gradually add eggnog until icing reaches desired consistency.
  3. Spread icing over the tops of the cooked cookies.
  4. Sprinkle with additional eggnog if desired.
  5. Let cookies stand until icing is set.
  6. Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.