Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stonyfield Clean Plate Club...Featuring Streamlined Eggnog-Spice Cookies with Silpat and Levoons

Can you believe that Christmas is THIS weekend?!?!? I’m not sure about you, but it sure seems like we were just gearing up for Halloween the other day! I finally got in the kitchen to do a bit of holiday baking over the weekend. Just in time for holiday celebrations this weekend, I’ve got an easy-to-make seasonal cookie for your cookie trays and cookie tins! My Streamlined Eggnog-Spice Sandwich Cookies are a snap to make, and they pair perfectly with a glass of ice-cold eggnog. 

As a Stonyfield Clean Plate Club member, I recently received a Silpat non-stick silicone cookie sheet liner and handy Levoons self-leveling measuring spoons to help make my cookie-making easy and stress free. These sandwich cookies truly couldn’t be easier to make thanks to using these handy kitchen tools! To save time, I also used a convenient spice cake mix as the base for my cookies. The end result is a soft, cake-like cookie that's flavored with eggnog and rum extract. I also used a bit of Stonyfield vanilla Greek yogurt in place of melted butter to save a bit of fat and calories -- and ensure that my cookies had a tender crumb. 

Levoons are really cool measuring spoons that come with a handy built-in leveling tool that ensures your baking measurements are always accurate – which is very important when baking! The Silpat ensured my cookies baked evenly on bottom and didn't stick to my cookie sheet. Both of these items would make amazing holiday gifts for the cooks and bakers in your life! While the cookies baked, I whipped up a quick buttercream flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg…and more eggnog and rum extract. After the cookies cooled, I sandwiched them with the flavorful buttercream. The end result was somewhere between a cookie and a whoopee pie, with a pronounced eggnog flavor that’s perfect for holidays entertaining.

Streamlined Eggnog-Spice Sandwich Cookies
A Weekend Gourmet Original
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup Stonyfield vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup prepared eggnog
  • ¼ tsp. rum extract
  • For the buttercream filling:
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/3 cup prepared eggnog
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  • ¼ tsp. rum extract
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 and line a large rimmed baking sheet with a Silpat non-stick silicone liner. Set aside while you make the cookie dough. Add the spice cake mix, Stonyfield Greek vanilla yogurt, eggnog, and rum extract to a large mixing bowl. Use a sturdy spoon to thoroughly combine all ingredients and make a soft cookie dough. NOTE: the dough will be a bit sticky.
Step 2: Spray your hands with non-stick spray to keep the dough from sticking when you roll the cookies. Use a cookie scoop to make uniform pieces of dough. Roll the dough in your hands to form a ball and place one dozen rounds on the cookie sheet. Flatten the top of each cookie with your hand. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, until the cookies are light golden brown – they'll crack when they’re ready. Don’t overbake to ensure the cookies stay soft. Repeat the process with the remaining dough to make another dozen cookies.
Step 3: While the cookies bake, make the buttercream. Add the softened butter, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum extract to a small mixing bowl. Use a small whisk to combine the ingredients. Add the powdered sugar to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking to complete combine the mixture into a smooth icing. Set aside until ready to assemble the cookies.
Step 4: To assemble the sandwich cookies, spread approximately 1 tbs. of the buttercream on the bottom of one cooled cookie. Sandwich with a second cookie and place the sandwich cookies on a holiday serving tray. Serve with your favorite chilled eggnog for a fun holiday party treat.
These sandwich cookies are really good…and they taste just like eggnog! The cookies have the structure of a cookie, with a cake-like interior. The spice cake provided the perfect level of spice to pair with the eggnog, and the yogurt ensures the cookies were tender and a bit chewy. The cookies are lightly sweet and delicious on their own, but that eggnog-infused buttercream really takes the eggnog flavor over the top! If you’re an eggnog fan, these sandwich cookies are a definitely holiday must make!

Disclosure: As a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club, I received Stonyfield Greek yogurt, a Silpat non-stick silicone sheetpan liner, and Levoon measuring spoons to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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