Elegant Eggnog

Elegant Eggnog -- A Pinch of Joy
Elegant Eggnog -- A Pinch of Joy

Eggnog is a perfect drink with it’s richness and creamy spiced flavor. It was a special treat at our house for a couple of weeks around Christmas each year. Wheels especially likes it. And then – carb counting entered the picture. At 35 carbs and 340 calories per serving, eggnog fell off the radar.   Normally we use don’t use artificial sweeteners – mostly from personal preference. But when I saw this recipe came in at 9 carbs and 100 calories for a four ounce serving, it immediately popped to the top of my “gotta try this file”.   You know — that messy, horizontal stack of papers by the computer that grows higher and higher.

It is truly an elegant drink. Everything you want in an eggnog – smooth, creamy, great flavor. If carb counts are not part of your life, you can substitute granulated sugar for the sweetener in the same amount. Use a candy thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 175 degrees.  Making eggnog is not as easy as opening a container from the dairy case – but almost! And the taste is waaaay better. And so are the nutrition numbers. The celebration is back in Christmas!

Want cookies to go with the eggnog? Twelve days of Christmas Cookies may have just the one you need!

(Recipe from Splenda. By the way, no compensation – Splenda has never heard of me!)

Elegant Eggnog
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 15 servings ½ cup each
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dark rum/serving optional
Instructions
  1. Mix together Splenda, cornstarch and nutmeg in heavy saucepan.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and add to ingredients in saucepan and whisk until blended.
  3. Add milk slowly whole stirring constantly.
  4. Cook over low heat, whisking continually until temperature reaches 175 F, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and blend in half and half; cool mixture.
  6. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Add vanilla extract just before serving.
  7. Eggnog will keep 3 days in refrigerator.

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Minty Christmas Cookies

Minty Christmas Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy
Minty Christmas Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy
Minty Christmas Cookies are fun! Fun colors, fun and easy to make and decorate, fun to make with littles.  Best of all, they are fun to eat!   Use the paste colors because they give deeper color without adding extra liquid. It’s no secret that I am not good at dipping things in chocolate! (Remember?  How not to make peppermint patties and Chocolate covered Cheeseballs) I frosted half of each cookie with the melted chocolate instead of dipping. Requires less chocolate – saves $ and lowers the carb count a tiny bit and is a whole lot easier! Melt about half the given amount  if you do this.  Have fun! 

Minty Christmas Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3½ dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extrace
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • Red and green paste food coloring
  • 1 cup chocolate candy coating, semisweet, dark OR mint
  • Topping options: ¾ cup crushed peppermint candies, crème de menthe chips, chopped nuts, sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add extracts and gradually beat in flour.
  2. Divide dough in half.
  3. Tint one portion red and the portion green. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with 3 inch diameter round cookie cutter.
  6. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until firm and slightly golden on bottom.
  8. Cool on pans for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Melt candy coating according to package directions.
  10. Dip half of each cooled cookie into melted candy coating and place on waxed paper.
  11. Sprinkle with toppings and let stand until firm

 

A dozen great cookie recipes —  check back daily to see the Cookie of the Day! 

1.  Fruitcake cookies      
2.  Almond Coconut Crunch Cookies
3.  Pineapple Walnut Cookies
4.  Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies
5.  Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprints
6.  Cherry Almond Chews
7.  Polka Dot Macaroons
8.  Red Velvet Cookies with white chocolate and walnuts
9.  Butterscotch Pecan Softies – no bake
10. Toffee Crisps
11. Crescent Mini Chip Cookies
12.  Minty Christmas Cookies

Bonus!!
Super Delicious Big Batch Cookies   A unique, crispy shortbread type cookie textured with oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips.
Macaroons and Chocolate — Chewy Coconut macaroons dipped in smooth chocolate 
THE Best Easy Gift Fudge —  It only takes 5 minutes to stir and slice this creamy rich fudge (plus a couple hours in the fridge)
No Bake Chocolate Gems – a chocolatey, chewy sweet treat that is so easy to make anytime
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars —  tastes just like the peanut butter cups in the bright orange wrapper

For more sweet recipes check the A Pinch of Joy Desserts and Sweets gallery.

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Crescent Mini Chip Cookies

Crescent Mini Chip Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy
Crescent Mini Chip Cookies -- A Pinch of Joy

The trickiest part of Crescent Mini Chip Cookies is shaping the crescent. I rolled the refrigerated dough into balls just under an inch in diameter and poked and pulled until the crescent formed. That worked but seemed to take forever –and I didn’t have any enthusiastic kid helpers at the moment who would enjoy shaping the dough.  The fastest way was to scoop up a scant tablespoonful of dough and push it off onto the parchment lined baking sheet. I put one finger next the dough and used the spoon to mold a crescent around the finger. Went much faster! Experiment until you find what works for you (and then share in comments!).

Crescent Mini Chip Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
Chocolate coating
  • 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
  • Optional toppings: coconut, sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add egg and extracts.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl and gradually add to butter mixture.
  4. Stir in mini chips.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least on hour or until firm enough to shape.
  6. Shape level tablespoons of dough into crescents, using two spoons or fingers. Place each crescent on parchment lined or greased baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown.
  8. Remove from pans to wire rack for cooling.
Chocolate coating
  1. Melt 2 cups chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring in between until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. Dip each cookie halfway into chocolate and allow excess to drip back into bowl.
  3. Place cookie on waxed paper and if desired sprinkle with toppings.
  4. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.

The trickiest part of Crescent Mini Chip Cookies is shaping the crescent. I rolled balls just under an inch in diameter and poked and pulled until the crescent formed. That worked but seemed to take forever –and I didn’t have any enthusiastic kid helpers around who would enjoy shaping the dough.  The fastest way was to scoop up a scant tablespoonful of dough and push it off onto the parchment lined baking sheet. I put one finger next the dough and used the spoon to mold a crescent around the finger. Went much faster! Experiment until you find what works for you (and then share in comments!).

A dozen great cookie recipes —  check back daily to see the Cookie of the Day! 

1.  Fruitcake cookies      
2.  Almond Coconut Crunch Cookies
3.  Pineapple Walnut Cookies
4.  Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies
5.  Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprints
6.  Cherry Almond Chews
7.  Polka Dot Macaroons
8.  Red Velvet Cookies with white chocolate and walnuts
9.  Butterscotch Pecan Softies – no bake
10. Toffee Crisps
11. Crescent Mini Chip Cookies
12.  Merry Christmas Cookies

Bonus!!
Super Delicious Big Batch Cookies   A unique, crispy shortbread type cookie textured with oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips.
Macaroons and Chocolate — Chewy Coconut macaroons dipped in smooth chocolate 
THE Best Easy Gift Fudge —  It only takes 5 minutes to stir and slice this creamy rich fudge (plus a couple hours in the fridge)
No Bake Chocolate Gems – a chocolatey, chewy sweet treat that is so easy to make anytime
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars —  tastes just like the peanut butter cups in the bright orange wrapper

For more sweet recipes check the A Pinch of Joy Desserts and Sweets gallery.

I’m so glad you stopped by today!   Be sure to follow A Pinch of Joy so you don’t miss a thing!  I’d love to have your company on this venture!!

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