Eggnog Cookie Sandwiches

My dad came home with groceries a few days ago. I helped him pack them away and I spotted a carton of delicious eggnog. I prefer my eggnog with a little vanilla extract stirred in. It tastes a whole lot more like ice cream this way. I knew I’d have to turn this into a delicious treat, coming to you on week four of my countdown to Christmas!

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This cute little cookie is actually a delicious buttercream sandwiched between two buttery shortbread cookies. You could totally switch this recipe up by omitting the eggnog and choosing to add your favourite baking extract to the buttercream. I was also considering a chocolate shortbread cookie with a peppermint buttercream… That’s next on my list!

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I’ve never quite mastered the shortbread cookie because they’re so crumbly, it almost feels like I messed up. I always feel like I should add more liquid to allow the dough to come together, which ends up ruining it. In this recipe, I allowed my dough to be super crumbly and tested the texture with my hands. It does stick together when rolled into a ball. And it makes for a deliciously crumbly shortbread cookie!

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If you’re an eggnog fanatic like myself, you’re going to adore this treat! These were the perfect addition to my Christmas cookie stash. I’ve neglected baking this week due to work, so I can promise that this weekend will be filled with lots of Christmas cookies and cakes because our stash is almost depleted! Follow me on Instagram @amandameghanbakes to see what I’m getting my hands into this weekend!

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EGGNOG COOKIE SANDWICHES

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie:

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 cups flour

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Buttercream:

1 cup butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

3 tbsp eggnog

1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Cream butter with powdered sugar.

3. Add in flour, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Mixture will be crumbly but continue to beat until completely combined.

4. Roll out dough. Cut cookies into desired shape.

5. Bake cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown! Allow to cool completely.

6. For the icing, cream butter and sugar. Add cinnamon, then eggnog and vanilla extract to thin out icing.

7. Spread icing onto a cookie and sandwich together.