TGIF’s Daily Dose

Alex Barrett, LACC Intern

Alex Barrett, LACC Intern

Yay for Friday! Reading the Daily Dose is a great way to find out how to start your weekend off right. With finals over for University of Wyoming students the town is about to get a lot less crowded, and that is good news for you visitors or residents that are sticking around, more fun for you to enjoy!

  • This weekend could be the perfect weekend for a getaway, and you don’t have to go far, find some peace quiet, great fine dining, and beautiful scenery at Vee Bar Ranch, located at 38 Vee Bar Ranch Rd. Click here to see their special winter packages!
  • Holiday gift idea of the day: I think a great creative gift idea is to get someone something that is personal to them, maybe a sign that says their parking spot only, or a personal sign for your house, Star Awards and Signs is a great place to get all of these personalized items for the people on your list, located at 520 S. 3rd St.
  • Holiday cookie idea of the day: Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies Source: Better Homes and Gardens. Find these ingredients at Safeway!
    • Yield: about 24 cookies, Prep: 25 mins, Chill: 1 hr, Bake: 375°F 8 mins

Ingredients

  • ½ vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, or 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon dairy or canned eggnog
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Eggnog Icing
  • Coarse sugar (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape pulp from vanilla bean; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, eggnog, and vanilla pulp or vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough portions to 1/4 inch thick. Using a fluted round 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place dough rounds 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are just lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Repeat with other dough portion. Spread cookies with Eggnog Icing. If desired, sprinkle with coarse sugar. Let icing dry. Makes about 24 cookies.
  • Storage : Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Eggnog Icing: Start to Finish: 5 mins

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons dairy or canned eggnog or milk
  • Directions:
  • 1. In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough dairy or canned eggnog or milk to make an icing of spreading consistency.
Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

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