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Butterscotch Eggnog Stars

 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
18 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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. 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 one 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.

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Butterscotch Eggnog Stars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Place large star cutouts on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle 1
  • teaspoon candy in center of each. Repeat with remaining dough;
  • reroll 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 form baking sheets onto wire racks to cool.
  • For icing if desired, beat confectioners' sugar, rum extract and
  • enough eggnog to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled
  • cookies if desired. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Let
  • stand until hardened. Yield: about 3 dozen.