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Butterscotch Eggnog Stars

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Makes

about 3 dozen

These yellow star-shaped cookies with a "stained-glass" center are almost too pretty to eat! But they have a rich eggnog flavor that is irresistible. Although they take a little time and patience to prepare, they're worth every minute! —Cheryl Hemmer, Swansea, Illinois
Butterscotch Eggnog Stars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup crushed hard butterscotch candies
  • OPTIONAL ICING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons eggnog
  • Yellow colored sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and eggnog. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 portion at a time to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. star cutter. Cut out centers with a 1-1/2-in. star cutter. Line baking sheets with foil; grease foil.
  3. Place large star cutouts on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon candy in open center of each. Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling small cutouts if desired.
  4. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Carefully slide foil and cookies from baking sheets onto wire racks to cool.
  5. If icing is desired, beat confectioners' sugar, rum extract and enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar. Let stand until hardened.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 91 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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