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Eggnog Cookies

Rich Ptack and his daughter Sarah received an honorable mention in 2013 for this recipe, which they created after years of baking together. The cookie has a warm nutmeg accent, and its flavor mimics the traditional holiday drink. These cookies bake at a lower temperature than most so that they do not dry out.

  • Yield: About 30 cookies


  • 21/4 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 11/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 11/4 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup store-bought eggnog
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla


1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl.

2. Cream the butter and sugar in a separate bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggnog, egg yolks and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until just combined. You don't want to overmix.

3. Scoop up dough by heaping spoonfuls; roll into balls. Place the balls onto parchment-lined cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake until bottoms turn light brown, 20-23 minutes.