Gale Gand, Chicago pastry chef and FoodNetwork star, uses fresh ground nutmeg, rather than powdered,to impart amazing flavor in her recipe for Eggnog Cream CheeseCups.
Recipe: Eggnog Cream CheeseCups
Dough: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup sour cream 1 egg yolkFilling: 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1 egg 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg Powdered sugar
In large bowl, combine the flour and salt.Add the butter and mix the ingredients with an electric mixeron low speed until they form a sandy, crumbly mixture, about1 minute. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg yolk untilvery smooth. Add the sour cream and egg mixture to the flourmixture and mix until the dough comes together, about 30 seconds.The dough may feel a little dry. Form the dough into a disk,wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, egg,sugar, vanilla and nutmeg with an electric mixer until smooth;set aside filling.
On a work surface thickly dusted withpowdered sugar, roll out the chilled cookie dough to form a 12×18-inchrectangle, about 1/8-inch thick. Using the tip of a sharp knifeor a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2×2-inch squares. Placea teaspoon of the cream cheese filling in the center of eachsquare.
Grease the cups of a mini muffin pan.Gather the points of the dough square around the filling to makea cup, open at the top. Place the cookie directly into a minimuffin pan or place the cookie in a mini muffin paper liner andplace the paper liner in the pan. Repeat with the remaining squaresand refrigerate 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F(190°C).
Bake cookies until golden brown, about15 minutes. Let cookies cool completely in the pan on a wirerack before removing. Store cookies in an airtight containerin the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof www.ButterIsBest.com; through ARAcontent.
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