Eggnog Cutouts

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 3 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: about 36 cookies
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Ingredients

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)

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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