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Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 4 - Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration & Giveaway

Good morning Prim Friends!

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend!  We were very busy as we had a blast watching our grandson Petie all weekend.  He goes non-stop, and Grandma and Grandpa were pretty tired last night.  
I thought I would share a picture of Peter's first meeting with Saint Nicholas at church yesterday.  I wasn't sure he would sit on his lap, but once Saint Nick handed him a little present, Petie was okay with it.

Like most grandkiddos, Peter knows just where the cookie jar is!  Well...he also knows where the panty is and is not shy about helping himself to peanuts, pretzels, etc.
Now I usually don't keep too many cookies around for Chris and I, because....well....we will eat them.  But since Petie knows where the cookie jar is and asks all the time....of course...Grandma has to have cookies available.

So today's Recipe is for....of course....a cookie!
All good Christmas cookies have to have butter, spice and...eggnog...right? They remind us of Christmas on a plate!

Holiday Egg Nog Spice Cookies
 
 Cookie Ingredients

3 sticks of butter (1 1/2 cups) softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup molasses
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (I usually leave this out, as it isn't something I have on hand)
1/4 nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup of course sugar, for rolling the cookie dough balls in

Glaze ingredients

1/4 cup eggnog
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt


Cream butter & sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, egg yolk and molasses and mix just until combined.

Sift together your spices and dry ingredients and gradually add them to the butter/egg mixture, combine well, but don't overbeat.

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Remove the dough and shape the dough into 2 inch balls.  Roll the cookie balls in a bowl with the course sugar.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 350˚ oven for 13-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

While cookies are cooling, prepare your glaze.  Once the cookies are cool, dip the top part of the cookie into the glaze. Be careful to not fully submerge...you only want to very lightly touch the glaze, so it doesn't flow into the beautiful cracks in the cookies.

Enjoy!

I'll be back tomorrow with a fun Bottle Brush Tutorial!


Today's giveaway question is:

"Do you have a traditional family meal that you always serve on Christmas?"

Ours is roast beef, rosemary potatoes, popovers and glazed carrots.
Oooh...my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Don't forget to comment and answer the question on each day's post to be entered in the giveaway!!!



22 comments:

  1. Morning Wendy, such a sweet picture, love the look on his face.....Yummy recipe, thanks.......We must have a roast turkey on the Christmas table, always have , always will...Blessings Francine.

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  2. I'm always afraid someone will ask me this and say Bah Hum bug! We have a big pot of chili on Christmas day. We've done it for years. lol I know it sounds crazy but it's what we like! Holiday hugs, Diane

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  3. We usually do the traditional Ham and cottage potatoes. The potatoes are cubed, then you add cubed pieces of bread, cream sauce with butter and bake it, my kids favorite. The side dishes depend on my mood.

    Debbie

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  4. Love the photo of your grandson! How precious!
    Thanks for the cookie recipe. I have never had these, can't wait to try them!
    Our traditional meal includes my husband cooking a standing rib roast with all the fixings!
    Thanks for the fun Wendy!
    Barb

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  5. Precious photo.

    We changed our tradition a few years ago to a simple but elegant Christmas Day meal, with not huge kitchen clean-up after.

    Petite filets with fancy potatoes, green bean casserole. Made from scratch (including pumpkin) pumpkin pie. Hubby gets weak when I begin making one. (o:

    Merry Monday.

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  6. We have beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve with my family and then we have turkey on Christmas Day at my mother-in-laws, and many years she also makes traditional French Canadian meat pie. Thank you for sharing the cookie recipe--they look delicious!

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  7. Your cookies sound delicious Wendy and what a great picture of Petie with Saint Nicholas! Our traditional Christmas Day meal is always roast turkey stuffed with bread and fruit stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, baked yams and of course the obligatory cranberry sauce! On Christmas Eve we always have tourtiere, a French Canadian meat pie served with fruit relish, delish! Thanks for your continuing generosity :O)

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  8. When I was young we went to the great grand parents for traditonal dinners. After they passed Grandma always made dinner sometimes even duck but now she is getting older so it's just buffet and potluck. Hubby and I make a big lasagne christmas eve since Christmas is so busy, we can just pop it in the oven and if unexpected guest come there's plenty enough. Warm Blessings! Amy

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  9. What a cutie pie.
    Pure joy I'm sure.
    The cookies look yummy too.
    We have ham every year with lots of sides.
    This year we are also smoking a turkey.
    Merry Christmas

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  10. We usually have either roast turkey or roast chicken.

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  11. I hate to admit it, but it was a tradition to have Christmas cookies for breakfast!

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  12. We don't have any food traditions for Christmas. We decide each year what we'd like to make. Sometimes ham, or turkey, or prime rib (rarely!).
    Merry Christmas!
    Jessica

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  13. We usually have steak on the grill & bacon wrapped scallops even though we have to shovel a path to the grill. Easy clean up. Those turkey's sound scrumptious, but I'm too tired to make one on Christmas. These cookies look soooo good!

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  14. Hi Wendy, Petie is so adorable and he will always rem. the cooking jar at Grandma's. My grandma always had cookies in her cookie jar. hers was always those old time Lemon Crackers, sure wish I had some now. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. I love eggnog. We have a get together on Christmas eve. and always have stream shrimp, oysters, a fruit tray, vegetable tray, cheese balls, punch etc. hugs, Lecia

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  15. What an adorable photo of Peter with Saint Nicholas. Our family has a traditional Christmas ham every year. Then, on New Year's Eve, we eat blackeye peas and hog jowl for good luck in the coming year (a Southern tradition).

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  16. What a little prince perched on Saint Nicholas' knee. Usually I cook up both chicken and ham with sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, brussel sprouts, salads, the works! The best part is the desserts though pumpkin pie is a definite along with lemon meringue and butter tart squares.

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  17. HELLO, what a neat post! Yes, we usually have Turkey+Stuffing on Christmas Day! Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  18. I'm playing catch up with your Blog Posts, Wendy. My internet has been down for a few days. They tell me it's because of the weather. Snow, sleet, etc.... Thanks for sharing your recipe. Our favorite holiday meal is turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, dinner rolls and a variety of pies.

    Sandi
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  19. We do not have a big meal for Christmas. We have a big late breakfast and the days menu are dips, candies ,finger foods and such as we spend the day playing with our grand daughter and her toys.
    Angela

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  20. We usually have tenderloin. But, the price of meat is so high. Apple pie, though! :)

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  21. Sweet picture of your grandson. We always have roast turkey, stuffing and all the vegetables, followed by a variety of desserts.

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  22. We have our traditional turkey dinner except my kids love the stuffed shells that I make for Christmas Eve.

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