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    12 Cookies of Christmas!

    12 Cookies of Christmas, is a cookie cookbook for all ages.  You will experience well written recipes with directions and pictures of each cookie.  The more in-depth directions show step by step pictures to help guide you on your cookie making voyage.  Holiday traditions are a MUST and I love creating them and sharing history about mine, with you, as to inspire you to do the same! I believe in writing cookbooks that are for everyone.  The cookies I have showcased in these recipes have been used in many kitchens around the globe.  Cookies are meant to taste good, be fun, and plant “memory seeds.”  If you take a moment to reflect on the cookies that you had as a child you will recall the place you were, who you were with, and what events took place around you.  It is amazing how impactful one little cookie can be.  The cookies that you remember may not have been Christmas cookies at all, but Christmas is a great time of year to make lots of different types of cookies to share with those you love and appreciate.  Cookies don’t have to be complicated to be amazing.  In fact, I would say there is something beautiful about simplicity.  The cookies I am sharing with you are not super fancy just SUPER delicious!  I’m not into ingredients that make you scrunch up your face in confusion and shut the book out of annoyance.  But rather make you smile because most of what you need is already in your kitchen and what you don’t have will only take a quick trip to the local store to grab.  I’m also excited to share inspiration with you.  As a professional chef, I get to be involved in creating beauty and it is through the sparkles, candles, ruffles, and gold dust that I can be fancy.  You can add a little “fancy” to your Christmas cookies if you wish and I will give you tips to use.  The great thing is that you can do as little or as much as you wish!  These recipes are tried and true from someone who is a wife, mom, aunt, sister and professional chef.  I value recipes that work.  There is nothing worse than spending time, energy and supplies on something that fails.  These cookies are all memories and share them I must!  It is my belief that each person in this world has a gift. Amazing food and beautiful events is mine.  I want to help you spread some love and share your current or soon to be baking talent with those you encounter during this Christmas season and in seasons to come.  Please know that a cookie can be so many things to so many people.  A cookie can mean I am thinking of you, thank you, I love you, I care about you, I am grateful to you, I forgive you, I miss you, I am lost without you, you are cherished, words can’t express my gratitude, I want to share memories with you, I want to feed you, I want you to feel important, I know you are sad and I want to give you a little kindness…the list is so long.  The message is basic “someone is thinking of you and cares enough about you to make you a cookie.”  Be that “someone” for someone else this Christmas season and share the kindness in your heart with someone you love or a total stranger.  You will enjoy the feeling you get from sharing a cookie, I can promise you that! Tucked within these pages, you will also find a bit of history about different cookies.  I think it is interesting and can always be used for a topic of conversation when you don’t have anything to talk about.  Perhaps at a family gathering that might be a bit awkward or if you find yourself in a trivia game.  Some might say it is useless information, but we all secretly love a little of it to keep “under our sleeve” so that we can appear to be scholars of culinary history if ever around someone thinking they know all about all.  You know the aunt or friend that fits this mold.  Recipes you will find in this book are traditional gingerbread cookies (several to choose from), sugar cookies (melt in your mouth), my famous eggnog recipe, thumbprint cookie (not the one you are thinking of), Christmas fruit in a whole new light (not that nasty stuff you had from the store), Nutcracker biscotti (nuts, lots of nuts), and some fun new easy ways to decorate cookies (not fibbing, you can do this, seriously!).  Beyond friends and family, you should think Christmas gifts for your office or gift baskets.  Sharing the book and not the actual cookies is always a fun gift…you know that you know someone who LOVES recipe books.  Give 12 Cookies of Christmas as a gift or make one of the recipes and give the book with the cookies.  How much fun would it be to get a recipe book with some of the cookies from the book already made for you?  I know I would love it!  Memories here you come, bring on the cookies and lets bake some!

  • Eggnog Cookies
    Bakery,  Recipes

    Eggnog Cookies

    Here is a sneak peak of one of our recipes from the new cookbook 12 Cookies  of Christmas!  This is the only one out of the book that we are going to share so make sure you buy the book to see the rest! Here is the link for that!

    Eggnog cookies

    O how we love eggnog at my house one of my husband favorite things! And there is nothing better than a soft, chewy cookie, perfectly frosted with eggnog buttercream cookie. It makes me excited just thinking about it. Egg nog has so many uses in baking I have make chocolate cake with eggnog mousse, you can make pastry cream fill tarts with eggnog. Not to mention drinking the eggnog both with our without alcohol hot or cold . Who can forget eggnog ice-cream? Or coffee with eggnog obviously it has many deli- cious uses. When I was growing up we always made eggnog from scratch, we never bought it at the store. We made a lot of things from scratch mostly be- cause that is how we entertained ourselves as children, we were always in the kitchen making, or baking something, usually accompanied by a huge mess! Just ask my grandmother.

    I personally have never seen eggnog cookies in a retail setting, packaged un- til I did research for this book. To be perfectly honest we don’t really buy packaged cookies at my house. I can really make you some amazing graham crackers if you them for snacks or s’mores! So sure enough with that being said such things do in fact exist, and they are made with get this! real fresh eggs eek! so exciting, I’m sure they are delightful, light and crispy!

    The first time I made this particular recipe I was a cook #1 in Maui yes your post in a kitchen sometimes is as exciting as a number followed by a job title! The exciting part, actually I had to literally compete with another girl for that title so it was worth every ounce I had to give as someone who had just graduated culinary school, but I had been baking all of my life. One of the most memorable times in my early days of baking was to create Christmas gifts for everyone staying at the hotel every day for 12 days. Of course at a hotel your guest count can be all over the place especially 2 weeks prior to Christmas! So it was definitely a challenge, especially when your walking out the door and find out you need 17 dozen more cookies. Back to the kitchen I went! This happened often during those 12 days before Christmas.

    This recipe is again so good and I have been using it for 20 years or so and yes there are other eggnog cookie recipes but this one is really quite amaz- ing, this is truly a crowd pleaser at any event, cookie exchange or just at home! I hope you enjoy making it!


    Eggnog Cookies

    Eggnog Cookies

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Total Time: 25 minutes
    • Yield: 2 dozen 1x
    • Category: Cookies
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: American


    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoons baking soda
    2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    3/4 teaspoons salt
    1 cup butter
    1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
    3 tablespoons egg nog
    1 tablespoon bourbon
    2 eggs

    Eggnog Buttercream
    1 pound powdered sugar sifted
    1 1/4 cup soft butter
    1/4 cup eggnog
    1 tablespoon bourbon


    Pre heat oven to 400. In a bowl whisk together the dry cookie ingredients, in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar un- til light and fluffy. In another bowl whisk together the eggnog, bourbon and eggs. Alternate the dry and wet ingredients. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop on a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake 10-12 minutes and let cool completely.
    Next in a mixer with the paddle attachment mix the butter add the pow- dered sugar and the eggnog and bourbon. In a frosting bag fitted with your favorite tip frost cookies. Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg.

    Keywords: Eggnog Cookies, Christmas Cookies, Holiday Cookies, 12 Cookies of Christmas Cookbook, Holiday Gifts