Monday, December 17, 2012

The Great Cookie Thief

I spent the weekend stocking my freezer with Aunt Mary's Sugar Cookies and these Eggnog Snickerdoodles. In the process, I discovered my son is a great climber and a cookie thief!  Since I was working at the kitchen island, I set the wire rack on the breakfast table full of cooling cookies. Before I knew it, that monkey of mine had climbed up onto the chair and was on the table taking bites out of cookies. I think over the course of an hour, he had stolen half a dozen cookies, bit onto them and fed them to our dog, Autumn. What a stinker!

The Great Cookie Thief!

My friend Maranda, shared this recipe with me a few weeks ago for Eggnog Snickerdoodles. This is very much like regular snickerdoodles (a cinnamon-sugar coated sugar cookie) but it uses nutmeg instead of cinnamon, and rum instead of vanilla. Um, yes please! I used my small cookie scoop to portion out the dough and baked them for 10 minutes (per the directions) but I think they over baked slightly, because while all my cookies were nice and blond in color they all wound up crunchy and not at all chewy, like a typical snickerdoodle. Nonetheless, they were tasty, and my family prefers crisp cookies anyway. If you wan them chewy, bake for 8-9 minutes or use a larger cookie scoop and just adjust the baking time accordingly. 

I have another eggnog flavored recipe coming soon. Have a good week, everyone!

Eggnog Snickerdoodles
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 sup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon white rum, optional
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg, divided
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

In a shallow bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 3 teaspoons of nutmeg. Stir to combine and set aside. 

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and salt. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 

Beat in the eggs, the extract and the rum, if using. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix well. 
Roll dough into 1-inch balls. (I used a small cookie scoop to portion out the dough). Roll dough balls into sugar mixture, coating well. 
Place on ungreased cookie sheets, placing them 2-inches apart. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. 

Makes 5 dozen 2-inch cookies. 

He may be a cookie thief, but he also likes to share with his uncle Aaron.  He's such a sweet boy. 


Pamela said...

Baking and your sweet little monkey...are making me look so forward to when my little monkey makes his appearance in April! I have't been able to throw down this holiday season as much as I normally do but I will try this week. Many happy blessings for a Merry Chirstmas and New Year! Enjoy your blog :o)

Jan said...

The expression on your son's face is priceless! It looks like he's thinking oh no Mommy caught me! Lol. Good timing with the camera.
These cookies look good and I haven't made them in a long time! I guess it's time to change that then.

From the Kitchen said...

Well, what did you expect once that cutie became mobile? His photo says a thousand words--several of them being "better watch out"!


Heather S-G said...

Oh my gosh, those pics are so darn adorable I can't stand it! I saw another eggnog snickerdoodle recipe floating around somewhere and wanted to try it, and now I have one right here in front of me. They sound awesome, chewy or crunchy!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

What a cutie. It remind me of when I was at a Christmas staff party and a little munchin climbed on the counter and ate the icing off of a dozen cupcakes:D It has to make you smile:D

Abby said...

So cute! What a great memory!

Unknown said...

Awww. He may be a stinker, but it is a funny story :P The cookies look real tasty too!

Keeley said...

Hayden is an adorable little stinker! As I bake this year I keep smiling and thinking that next Christmas Max will be eating cookies!

Rachel said...

What a cutie, the first of many stolen cookies I suspect.

Heather at Kitchen Concoctions said...

That mischievous look on Hayden's face is priceless! Love your little cookie monster!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing! Where did you find that "proud mom" mug? It's so pretty :)

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