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Eggnog Thumbprints

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 4 dozen

These cute cookie bites always get a recipe request. They make special holiday gifts and freeze well, too.— Mary Ann Ludwig, Edwardsville, Illinois
Eggnog Thumbprints Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Place walnuts in a separate shallow bowl. Dip balls in egg whites; roll in walnuts.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in center of each with your thumb. Bake 10-12 minutes or until center is set. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat butter and extract until creamy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough milk to reach spreading consistency. If desired, beat in food coloring. Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon filling. Sprinkle with additional nutmeg.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 82 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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