Even though I never make the same meal for Christmas dinner, there are some standbys that must be served. These cookies are one of them. I started making these eggnog cookies when the girls were very little. We use to add pretzels on the top for antlers. To be honest half the time the pretzels fell out or broke and basically made this mama very frustrated. So we started leaving off the antler but the girls were happy with the big red nose. These are basically a freezer cook and you could change up the flavor or roll it into a tub and slice off as wanted. Feel free to play with cookies but do think of me when you have one. After all Clarice is Rudolf’s girlfriend ;-)
Rudolf Reindeer AKA Eggnog Cookies
Make 2 dozen
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ³⁄₄ cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
½ tsp. baking powder
1 large egg
¼ tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
⅟₄ tsp. salt
1 TBL. rum or rum extract
¼ tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
Candied cherries, halved
Pre-heat oven 350◦F (or a ½ hour before baking.)
In an mixer cream butter with sugars, until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Then add rum, nutmeg, egg, vanilla and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl sift together flour and baking powder, add to butter and mix well. You want a soft dough, you can roll.
Shape into 1 inch balls and set on a cookie sheet covered in a piece of parchment paper. Add half of a cherry to center of the ball, push down to make a nose. Set pan in freezer for an 1 hour. At that point to can bake them or transfer them to a container for the freezer. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until edges are starting to get golden. Cool on wire rack.
1. If your dough is too dry, try adding a bit of milk or rum. If your dough is too wet to hold a shape slowly mix in a ¼ cup of flour.
2. Yes fresh grated nutmeg is so much better.
3. These freeze beautifully for about 3 months if well wrapped. Just bake them off frozen. They will only take a minute or two longer to cook.