Eggnog Cutouts

Total Time:
3 hr 30 min
3 hr 15 min
15 min

about 36 cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter,at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • White nonpareils, for decorating (optional)

Sift the flour, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and the salt into a large bowl. Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a separate large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the whole egg, egg yolk, the brandy and vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture in 2 batches and beat until just incorporated. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Dust each piece of dough with flour and roll out between pieces of parchment to 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Cut into shapes and transfer to the baking sheets. Gather the scraps and refrigerate until firm; reroll once to cut out more cookies. Chill the cutouts 30 minutes.

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Bake the cookies, switching the pans halfway through, until just golden, 11 to 13 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Make the icing: Beat the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg, and 3 to 4 tablespoons water with a mixer on high speed until smooth and thick. Transfer to a resealable bag and snip a small corner; pipe onto the cookies and decorate with nonpareils. Let set 30 minutes.

Photograph by Andrew Purcell

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