December 1, 2011

Holiday Cookie Week: Snickerdoodle Eggnog Sandwich Cookies {Naptime Entertaining}

Snickerdoodle Eggnog

The Occasion: Early Mom holiday get together.

Menu: Champagne, holiday cookies galore!

Attendees: 10 mommies!

Naptime Goals: Bake cookies and make frosting, then sandwich cookies right before the event!

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When some Moms and I decided to get together for an early holiday gathering we all agreed to bring some tasty cookies. It wasn’t a cookie swap per se, more like a cookie potluck. I asked around for ideas on what people wanted and got a whole variety of requests, but the two that stuck out to be were eggnog cookies and snickerdoodles. At first I thought about doing both cookies separately and then I thought, heck no, I’ll combine them!

I have used several classic Snickerdoodle recipes in the past and have landed on this one as my favorite. It doesn’t use shortening and I think the extra butter is key in keeping it soft and chewy for a few days after baking. I knew they would be perfect for sandwich cookies! For the filling I made thick eggnog glaze using real eggnog and a touch of King Arthur Flour eggnog flavoring. Don’t worry if you don’t have that, you can use a combination of vanilla extract and rum extract instead.

I whipped up the cookies and icing separately while my daughter was at school. Then I sandwiched them together later in the evening before going out. They came together in a snap and were the perfect indulgent holiday cookie for our party. The buttery snickerdoodles were soft, but not mushy, and were only made better by the eggnog-y icing with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The last few remaining cookies were sent home with friends and, I’m told, barely lasted twenty-four hours. I think I’ll make these again later this month when our guests arrive, but not until then!

 

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Recipe

Snickerdoodle Eggnog Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients

1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
2 ¾ all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch kosher salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Eggnog Icing

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons eggnog
½ teaspoon eggnog flavor OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon rum extract
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. In a large bowl mix the sugar, butter and eggs. Then stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt until thoroughly combined.

3. Pinch the dough into 1 ½ round balls. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and roll each dough ball in it.

4. Place the balls on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes, or until set.

5. To make the icing, whisk together the eggnog, flavorings and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add in the confectioners sugar and mix until a thick icing forms. If you want thicker icing add more sugar, or use eggnog if you want a thinner icing.

6. Once the cookies are completely cool swipe on side with icing and sandwich together.

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These cookies would stand well on their own and the icing can be used for other things. Feel free to mix and match!

 

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 10 minutes bake time

 

Naptime Reviews

Everyone loved these, even my daughter who immediately separated the cookie and licked the icing off first!