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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies - An Old-Fashioned Christmas book tour

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies
Welcome to today's stop on the Old-Fashioned Christmas book tour! I'm happy to be sharing this heartwarming book-slash-cookbook with you today, as it's a perfect representation of the holiday spirit. I'm the first to admit that my holiday spirit has dwindled a bit with age. I blame it on consumerism which leads to stress...if you let it. I try not to let it, but it took a toll on me for a while. I think now that my kids are getting a bit older, it's gotten easier, slowly returning that spark to my attitude once the day after Thanksgiving arrives.

I adore lights twinkling against the snow and through warm, cozy windows. I love holiday baking to a soundtrack of Christmas tunes. I'm a sucker for Christmas movies of any sort. Plus, is there anything better than having the entire extended family trapped in the house with a crackling fire and a buffet of food on Christmas eve? Okay, that's a loaded question - but you get my point. I also love to see the spirit of giving at the forefront of everybody's thoughts.

One of our family traditions is an ornament exchange, White Elephant-style. We all gather at my grandparents house on Christmas eve. Each person brings an ornament—it can be anything from one that winds up sought-after or one that's a gag and nobody wants. I'll admit, it gets heated. Every year. But it's a lot of laughs and something that everybody looks forward to. I've been trying to incorporate an ugly sweater theme into our celebrations, but not everybody wants to play along with that one yet.
Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies
An Old-Fashioned Christmas is filled with tales of author Ellen Stimson's Christmas stories and traditions, as well as food. So not only will you find inspiration for your holiday meals and cookie tins, you'll also find yourself laughing, nodding, or even crying along. A great book for cooks, bakers, and Christmas lovers alike.

I have so many slips of paper poking out of this book marking recipes that I really want to make, but the one I'm sharing with you today may be the simplest of them all. For starters, it's a cake mix cookie. I've mentioned before that I grew up making cake mix cookies in the kitchen with my little brother and sisters, so that element of nostalgia hit me right in the heart. Plus, they have the words "gooey butter" in the title...and I lurve me some gooey butter cake. Oh, and eggnog. Hello!

The texture is very reminiscent of gooey butter cake, as is the flavor (since so many are made using a yellow cake mix). I found that the eggnog flavor was more pronounced as they sat, so you may want to make these the day before you serve them. I guess that also makes them a perfect contender for holiday tins. I adapted them ever-so-slightly by using spiced rum instead of rum extract and adding a pinch of salt (because I always do in sweet baked goods).

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies
Incredibly simple and super tasty, these eggnog gooey butter cookies use a yellow cake mix as the base.
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Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ 2 hours to chill)
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegetarian soy-free Christmas cookie American winter

Ingredients (3 1/2 dozen)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at soft room temperature
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, at soft room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons spiced rum (or rum extract)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • a pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 box yellow or golden cake mix
  • ~3/4 cup powdered sugar, for rolling and sprinkling
Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg and once that is incorporated, beat in the rum, nutmeg, and salt. Finally, beat in the cake mix until thoroughly incorporated. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift the powdered sugar into a smallish bowl. Roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls, then drop it into the powdered sugar and roll it around until coated (you don't have to shake off the excess). Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least an inch between each one.

Slide into the preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes, or until they have turned lightly golden on the bottom (you may need to use a spatula to lift one up). Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with more powdered sugar, if desired.

I think these cookies taste best on the second day. The resting time allows the eggnog flavor to develop. Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas by Ellen Stimson

An Old-Fashioned Christmas
author: Ellen Stimson
publisher: The Countryman Press
source: tlc book tours
photos: yes
hard cover: 288 pages

chapters/sections: Vermonters (Winter Suppers) | The Beauty Shop (Butter and Sugar) | Jingle Bells (Cabin Food) | Christmas Adventure (Homespun Tastes) | Furry Christmas (Treats for Four-Legged Friends) | Uncle Felix (Movie Night) | Fa-La-La-ing (Party Foods) | 'Twas the Night (Christmas Eve Brunch) | Keeping Christmas (Christmas All Day Long) | The Day After (The Next Day) | Till Next Year

fun features: This book is not only full of delicious recipes for the season, it's also filled with heartwarming stories. I've mentioned it numerous times before, but my favorite cookbooks are the ones that get a little personal...the ones that share background, anecdotes, and a glimpse into the heart of the food. This is one of those books. I'm not ashamed to tell you that I even cried during one of the stories in the book (Batman and the Indian Chief). Not only is this a great book for the kitchen, it makes the perfect holiday season coffee table book, as well.

(a few of the many) recipes destined for my kitchen: Luxurious Garlicky Scalloped Potatoes | Chestnut Mousse | Club Night Apricot Horns | Cheddar Ale Soup | Mud Season (a cocktail) | Maple
Fennel Sausage and Cheddar Balls | Todd and Natascha's Friend Amy's Christmas Hot Buttered Rum | Proscuitto Gruyere Fennel Brioche | Ham Glaze

about the author: Ellen Stimson is a bread-and-butter home cook…possibly more butter than bread. Her table is usually overflowing with friends, family, and folks who have come just to listen to her stories. Some of those tales made it into her bestselling memoir, Mud Season. She cooks and writes from a farmhouse in Vermont.

connect with the author: website | facebook | twitter

recipe(s) I have already tried: Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies 

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