Our Favorite Holiday Recipes! Eggnog and Cinnamon Cookies

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Most store-bought eggnogs are chalk full of high fructose corn syrup (yuck!) So instead, make it yourself. We tried this amazing recipe from Martha Stewart’s blog and it is delicious!

Eggnog

This eggnog’s rich, cloudlike texture is produced by separating the eggs and beating the whites before adding them to the milk mixture. The eggnog base can be made one day in advance; just beat in the stiff egg whites and whipped cream just before serving.

  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 1/2 quarts heavy cream
  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 cups cognac
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    In a very large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks. With a wire whisk, beat in milk and 1 quart cream. Add bourbon, rum, and cognac, stirring constantly.

  2. STEP 2

    Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture. Whip remaining 1/2 quart heavy cream until stiff, and fold in. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

cinnamon-swirl-log-slices-005-mld110178_vert Our Favorite Holiday Recipes! Eggnog and Cinnamon Cookies

Cinnamon-Log Slices

We love these little cookies that you can make in advance of your guests arriving. We love little short-cuts like that, and these scrumptious cookies are the perfect sweet finish to your holiday meal!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Beat together butter and granulated and brown sugars with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in whole eggs 1 at a time, then salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, until combined. Beat in milk and vanilla. Add flour a little at a time, beating until incorporated. Divide dough into 4 balls. Roll 1 ball into a 12-inch log; wrap in parchment and refrigerate, along with remaining 3 balls of dough, until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine cocoa powder and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over work surface. Roll out 1 ball of dough into a 6-by-12-inch rectangle in cocoa mixture. Flip rectangle over onto lightly floured work surface so that 1 long side is facing you; brush off excess cocoa mixture. Place log of dough, also with a long side facing you, in center of rectangle and wrap rectangle around log to enclose completely. Firmly squeeze and massage wrapped log of dough to adhere rectangle to log. Repeat process with second ball of dough, rolling it out into an 8-by-13-inch rectangle, then with final ball, rolling it out into a 10-by-14-inch rectangle. Refrigerate log until firm, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Log can be stored in refrigerator up to 1 day.

  3. STEP 3

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly beat egg white. Brush outside of log with egg white and roll in turbinado sugar, patting to adhere. Refrigerate until sugar is set, about 10 minutes. Slice log into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until slices are golden around edges (rings may separate slightly), 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Slices can be made 3 days ahead and stored at room temperature.

We hope you enjoy these yummy treats as much as we did!