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Butterscotch Eggnog Stars

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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