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Food Dude recipe: Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing for Santa

Food Dude recipe: Nichole Moisant shares family secrets for top holiday cookies: Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies with Eggnog Icing and Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing for Santa.
by Dave Cathey Published: December 21, 2011
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There are two keys to great Christmas cookies.

1) Always use FRESH nutmeg when possible. All my grandmas, grandmothers and grandmamas have preached the importance of nutmeg since I can remember. And you know what? It is true.

Most grocery stores sell whole nutmegs, and you can use a grater or coffee grinder to get ground nutmeg.

2) Always cool the dough before putting it in the oven. I always get fluffier cookies when the dough has chilled at least 4 hours.

In a hurry? Shape the dough on the cookie sheet and throw it in the freezer while the oven warms up and you clean up the kitchen.

One of my family's favorite indulgences is eggnog. The only problem is after two glasses you are overwhelmed by the richness, but you still have ¾ of the carton left. These cookies help use the eggnog in a less rich but equally delicious way.

EGGNOG COOKIES WITH EGGNOG ICING

For the Icing

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon eggnog

• Mix eggnog and sugar together. Pour over cookies. This also works great drizzled on sweet breads or muffins.

For the cookies

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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