Does a physical space allow a person to store ‘happy’ memories and emotion that will allow them to recall this memory in the far, far future? Or is it the people with whom we are surrounded by, the human interactions between one another, that help to define and shape our memories as we age? I believe it is the people that we surround ourselves with, regardless of the physical space around us, help to create those lasting memories, moments and experiences. My mother and I visited my grandmother one recently sunny, blustery cold afternoon. We arrived just after lunch and the last few bites of pumpkin pie remained on my grandmothers plate. A kind spirited man brought out his guitar and started leading the group in singing carols together. No words were lost as my grandmother sang word for word and many verses from one song to the next. Surely, she was recalling these words from a childhood memory of singing together with her siblings. In her earlier, and better, years she would never sing in public. She was always mouthing the words at church, while nudging me to sing louder to make up for her whispered singing voice. Years later here we were singing…it made my heart very happy to see her singing away with a smile on her face.
I had a relaxed and rejuvenating few days at home recently. I had an amazing chance to cook side by side with my Mom in her beautiful kitchen in her cozy, lovely home. I was sharing laughs with my uncle from the moment I stepped through the door. The carol sing-a-long with my grandmother and mother. I was also able to share all of these things, the memories and experiences, with my new husband. This is only the first of many celebrations to come!
Celebrations of all varieties are in full swing at this point in the year. I am always keeping my eyes open for new twists on old classics. I came across a recipe for a spiked sugar cookie that had an eggnog flavor. That was interesting enough but there was rum in it? A boozed up eggnog sugar cookie had me asking, why not?
I adjusted a few things to the original recipe – I swapped coconut oil for canola oil, bourbon for dark rum, and grated in some fresh nutmeg versus the powder variety.
If you are feeling festive sprinkle on some red or green decor…
After the dough is chilled for an hour, you roll it in a ball and in the sugar, flatten, sprinkle and bake!
The texture of this is not completely chewy nor is it super crispy, but rather it fell in the middle of the cookie texture spectrum. The eggnog nutmeg flavor was front and center with a tiny hint of bourbon. Enjoy!
- 1 stick butter, unsalted and melted
- 1 1/2 C. sugar, and more for rolling
- 1 T. liquid coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 T milk (I used almond milk with good results)
- 2 T. bourbon
- 1 T. vanilla extract
- 2 C. all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 t. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 C. sprinkles, or decorating sugar
- (Note: This dough needs to be chilled for an hour)
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the melted butter, sugar, coconut oil and a pinch of salt whisking to combine. Add the egg, milk, bourbon, vanilla extract and stir until mixed together. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg and stir just until combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for an hour. Pre-heat the oven to 350*.
- After the dough has been chilled roll the cookie dough...I used my smaller cookie scoop then hand rolled. Roll the dough balls in sugar and place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Flatten each dough ball to about an inch thick and sprinkle the decorative sugar, if using.
- Bake the cookies, one pan at a time, in the preheated oven for 11 to 13 minutes. The center of the cookie will rise and there should be a few cracks forming. Remove the pan and gently tap it on the counter to help the cookies deflate. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.