I recently got a package from Challenge Dairy asking me to create a dessert recipe using the ingredients pictured below. One of the ingredients was butter!!! To me the best cookies and desserts are the result of using real butter. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of butter especially when I bake, to me there is just no substitute.
I also use it in a lot of my pasta sauce recipes. My normal butter of choice is Members Mark. I purchase a 6 lb package at Sam's Club every other month. I had never tried Challenge Butter before and I am always up for trying something new. Who knows it just might be better than my current brand.
It took me a bit to think of exactly what recipe I wanted to make.I went back and forth for a couple days and finally settled in on a recipe for Soft Eggnog Cookies. This recipe is kind of a spin off an old favorite that I love. The recipe I am talking about is for Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cookies.
I thought if I improvised and substituted some of the ingredients plus added a few new ones that I just might have a new holiday favorite. I used all of the ingredients that were given to me, so I was really excited about that. I was a bit of a nervous wreck wondering if the cookies would turn out or if I would just end up with a big old flop on my hands.
Well, I'm happy to say the recipe turned out great. The eggnog flavor really came through in these soft pillow like cookies. I also frosted these cookies with a eggnog flavored frosting. They were perfect!!! so I have a new cookie recipe perfect for any holiday cookie tray.
I really liked the challenge butter and so glad I had the opportunity to give it a try. What I liked most about the butter was it's creaminess and great flavor. The price is pretty good as well retailing for around $2.50 regular price. Plus it's made from Pasteurized Cream from cows not treated with growth hormones.
These cookies turned out so festive and yummy. I know they wouldn't be the same without the use of butter. But don't take my word for it why don't you try Challenge Butter yourself.
Soft Holiday Eggnog Cookies
1/2 - cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 - cup sugar
1 - egg
1 - teaspoon spice island vanilla extract
1/4 - tsp rum extract
dash of spice island ground nutmeg
2 1/2 - cups all-purpose flour
1/2 - teaspoon baking soda
1/2 - teaspoon salt
1/2 - 1 cup - eggnog (depending on the dough)
2 - 3 - tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 - 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 - cup eggnog
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and rum extract.
Combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with eggnog and mix well.
Start by adding a 1/2 cup of eggnog and if you feel that the dough is to thick you can up to 1 cup.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. I used my small cookie scoop for this.
Flatten down the cookie dough just a bit and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Watch them closely they may not take the full 10 minutes, depending on your oven.
The cookies are done when they are golden brown around the edges but still light in color on top. Test the cookies with a toothpick to make sure they are done.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack, cool completely and frost.
To make the Icing: Combine butter, confectioners' sugar, eggnog and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth.
If the frosting is to runny add more confectioners sugar. If it is really thick add a bit more eggnog. It should be spreadable.
Frost the cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar on top. I used regular granulated sugar mixed with spice island ground cinnamon.
Disclosure: I would like to thank Challenge Dairy for sponsoring this Giveaway. I was supplied with a Challenge Butter Gift Package consisting of butter coupons, spices and baking utensils for the purpose of reviewing their product.