Eggnog Cookies. Because real eggnog is some kind of nasty.

These cookies do not contain eggnog.

But they have a vaguely eggnoggy taste.

They taste kinda like rum and nutmeg.

That's what eggnog tastes like, right?

1 cup butter, softened, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg (there's the egg part)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon rum (AND... There's the Nog)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together 3/4 cup butter and both sugars.  Next, add in the egg and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.  Gently mix in the salt and flour until a dough forms - you will want it to be stiff.  Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and put them on a cookie sheet.  Press the center of each one with your thumb to create an indention.

Bake for 10-11 minutes.  Don't overbake.  These cookies never get much color to them - if they're brown, they're burned.

Meanwhile, cream together the remaining 1/4 cup butter, the powdered sugar, rum and nutmeg.  Place it in a pastry bag.

After the cookies are cook, pipe a dollop of the frosting into the indention of each cookie.

These cookies are especially yummy at breakfast with a cup of coffee.

What? You don't normally eat rum-laced cookies for breakfast?

You don't know what you've been missing.

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