We’re officially 6 months away from Christmas, folks. During one of my recent attempts to catch up on blogging, I realized I still had sweets from Christmas I still hadn’t posted about so I decided to wait til now to post since maybe now we’re a bit closer to the holiday recipe bookmarking season.
I made a batch of Apple Pie cookies for the 2011 Annual Kawasaki Family Christmas party, but wanted to do something a little more holiday-esque for 2012’s. I never drink eggnog, but I do like eggnog-flavored baked goods. I combined two recipes to make this version – the cupcake recipe is from A Good Appetite, and the frosting recipe is from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe. Here’s my combination!
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups + 3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 teaspoon salt
5 egg whites, room temperature
2/3 cup eggnog
- 2 teaspoons of rum (optional)
- 8oz cream cheese, room temperature (don’t use light or low fat)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar), sifted
- Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
- 1-2 tablespoons eggnog, to taste
- 1 tablespoon Rum, to taste (optional)
4. Divide the batter between the cupcake tins, filling each one 2/3 full. Bake 15 minutes for mini cupcakes or 22 minutes for regular. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
5. Cool completely on a rack.
1. With an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth (make sure they are both at room temperature so you do not get lumps in your frosting). Gradually beat in powdered sugar until incorporated. Add vanilla, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons eggnog, add more to taste. Add 1-2 tablespoons of rum if desired. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
Getting nervous that he would tornado into the kitchen and knock over the box of perfect little cupcakes, I put the box in my room until it was time to leave for the party.
And of course, I really didn’t have to worry about my brother because I managed to knock the box over onto its side right before I left for the party.
The good news is they didn’t last longer than 10 minutes once they got to the party, regardless of the way they looked.
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