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Reindeer Tracks

This is the first cookie recipe I’ve ever created! It captures the essence of the holidays because there’s a trace of eggnog flavor in these adorable reindeer hoof prints. You can add red and green frosting to make them even more Christmasy or use brown sprinkles for a more natural reindeer look. —Pam Sano, Voorhees, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min.+ chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons eggnog or heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup red and green sprinkles

Directions

  • Cream butter, shortening, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. egg-shaped cookie cutter. Cut a notch from the top of each egg to resemble a hoof. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, beat cream cheese, butter, extracts and nutmeg until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough eggnog to reach spreading consistency. Spread filling on bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Roll sides in sprinkles.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 225 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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