Eggnog Frosted Snickerdoodles

 

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I have been waiting to share this recipe to celebrate the New Year!  I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been a strange and difficult year (to say the least!!!!).

I also wanted to share that I have been working very hard on creating a cookbook.  It will be filled with some of my favorite recipes.  Recipes that my husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends love, and I know you will love them too!  It will also have tricks and tips that have worked for me over the years.

Many of you know I love being in my kitchen!  I love to bake and cook for my family and friends.  It is my love language:).

These cookies were inspired by Tieghan Gerard @halfbakedharvest.  My daughter Melissa loves snickerdoodles.  These are not your every day, run of the mill snickerdoodles.  They are sliced and baked, and then frosted with a luscious eggnog frosting, then sprinkled with more cinnamon sugar.  Do I have your attention?!!

If you are not a fan of eggnog (or you just don’t have any on hand),  you can use heavy cream and pure vanilla extract.  Vanilla bean extract would taste amazing too!!

Let’s do this and bring in the New Year on a “sweeter” note!!

Ingredients for cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature (340 grams)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (252 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (628 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cinnamon for coating cookies:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Frosting for cookies:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (113 grams)
  • 2 cups confectoners’ sugar, sifted (240 grams)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of your favorite eggnog, room temperature

Instructions for making the rolled cookies:

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes until smoothe and creamy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Scrape the sides of mixing bowl and paddle as needed.  Add the vanilla* and mix until incorporated.IMG_3751
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add all at once to the butter mixture.  Gently turn the mixer on low.  Start to incorporate the flour mixture and increase the speed just until the flour is mixed in and forms a large ball of dough.  Divide the dough into two equal balls.  Place each ball on a piece of parchment and form into a 10″ log.
  3. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon together.  Sprinkle over the logs and roll them back and forth over the sugar until they are completely covered.  Put any extra cinnamon sugar back in the bowl and save for later.
  4. Wrap each log tightly in the wax paper and then a piece of plastic.  Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or up to three days.
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone pads.
  6. Unwrap the dough and slice log crosswise into 1/4″ cookies (you will get between 20-24 cookies per log).  Place the cut rounds on prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.  Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are set on the edges.
  7. Let the cookies cool in the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  8. Make the eggnog frosting while the cookies are cooling.  Beat the butter until creamy (about 2 minutes).  Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until combined.  Add the eggnog 1 tablespoon at a time.  Mix until desired icing consistency.IMG_0592
  9. Frost each cookie with a small offset spatula, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.  Enjoy!!

*Vanilla feeds Tomorrow

I saw this story on Hoda & Jenna about a young man (William Cabaniss), who started making his own vanilla to help raise money for a food bank.  Please take the time to click on the link and read about this incredible 9th grader from Knoxville, Tennessee!

I hope you make these delicious treats, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures:).

Cinnamon Crunch Croissant Cereal

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Earlier this summer I made pancake cereal with little teeny tiny pancakes.  Then there was the miniature oatmeal chocolate chip cereal.  Now, let me introduce you to these adorable miniscule croissants.

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Look how cute!

When I saw this recipe by @chefsteps, I knew immediately that I had to make this!  

These were made with store bought dough.  I purchased croissant dough that comes in a sheet form.

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As I read through the recipe, it called for a dehydrator to make the tasty little cereal extra crispy.  Because I don’t own dehydrator (and didn’t plan on purchasing one anytime soon), I decided to go ahead and make the adorable little croissants, and then dry them in the oven on a low heat.  It worked like a charm:).

After making mini pancake cereal, and mini cookie cereal, I was excited to add these little cuties to my répertoire!

Ingredients:

1 tube of croissant dough

Ingredients for  cinnamon sugar water:

  • 1/2 cup water (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (crushed)

Instructions for cinnamon water:

Crush the cinnamon sticks with a meat mallot, rolling pin, or the back of a small saucepan.  Place them in a saucepan with the water and sugar.  Heat just until the water boils, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool.  After the mixture cools, place it in a spray bottle.  This will be used to spray on the croissants after the first bake.  I recommend using a very fine sieve to remove all the cinnamon bits.  Any pieces of cinnamon will clog the spray bottle.  

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Ingredients for egg wash:

  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water (22 grams)

Whisk together the egg, egg yolk, salt and water.  Strain this to make it smoothe.  This will make the egg wash. This will be gently brushed on the croissants before the first bake.  Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Line baking pan(s) with parchment paper.  I used two because I couldn’t get them all on one:).

Open dough and lay flat on lightly floured work surface.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut strips that are 2 1/4″ long x 1″ wide.  Cut each rectangle into two triangles.  Cut a small slit at the bottom of the triangle.  This will help it to keep the classic croissant shape. 

IMG_8327IMG_8328IMG_8341 Roll the wide end to meet the pointed end.  Place the croissants on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat until all the croissants are rolled.  Refrigerate the croissants for 20 minutes.  This helps them keep their shape while brushing on the egg wash.

After refrigerating the dough, gently brush the egg wash over the entire croissant.  Once the croissants are completely coated with egg wash bake them in the preheated 375° oven and bake for 15 minutes.  They should be a dark golden brown.

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Remove the croissants from the oven and liberally spray them with the cinnamon sugar.  Be sure to spray all the sides.

Place croissants back in the oven for 5 minutes.  This will set the glaze.  If you want a crispier cereal, turn your oven to 170° F.  Once the oven reaches this temperature, turn the oven off and place the croissants in the oven for an hour.

Place cooled cereal in an airtight container or enjoy right away.  I drizzled my cereal with honey and fresh strawberries, but any fruit (or none at all) would be fine.

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I hope you make this fun and delicious cereal, and if you do please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures.

Enjoy!!