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I’m super excited about these Eggnog Sandwich Cookies I created with Land O’ Lakes Butter. I am also thrilled with the opportunity I had to do a cookie baking party with a youth center in the area. First of all, I love this new recipe. The Eggnog buttercream within these cookies is absolutely addicting. The slight chewiness of these cookies with a nutmeg flavor completes the flavor profile. You will literally believe you are having as close as you can get to Eggnog in a cookie form. I had a few people taste these who aren’t a big fan of Eggnog, and they loved them. I seriously could not stop eating the buttercream. I kept coming in with another spoon. The second part of this post was the experience of making these (and a number of other) Christmas cookies. There is a neighborhood super close to me that is very low income and has a lot of at risk youth.
I quickly snapped a couple pictures I took as I was driving into the neighborhood. There are houses with junk in the yard, broken out windows, no heat and kids that come home to struggling families or absentee parents. Crime, alcohol use, drug use and abuse is high. My father-in-law was driving through this neighborhood some years back and his heart began to break for the kids walking around in the freezing cold with no jackets. He saw the setting in which our neighbors lived and began a campaign that would build a wonderful youth center in the middle of town. His thought was that there would be a place kids could come to be safe, have fun, build relationships, learn about God, and learn basic life skills. Through a lot of hard work, the youth center did come to be, and it has been a resource for this community since.
As I was considering how to best partner with a Land O’ Lakes campaign, I proposed the idea of having a cookie decorating and baking party with the youth at the center. Land O’ Lakes was excited to sponsor such an event. I was delighted to bring a passion of mine into the lives of kids. While making the cookies, I worked with high school age kids. The middle schoolers who are normally there had an after school program going on, so I was able to focus with the high schoolers. I asked these kids about their experience with baking, and all but 1 had no experience at all. The one that had experience, took a cooking class in high school. None of them had baked with their parents at home. It is such a passion of mine to have my kids in the kitchen with me. I wanted to bring this experience and Christmas tradition into the lives of kids that don’t get that experience. It was a lot of fun, and they did well. It took them out of their comfort zone and gave them a new taste of something different. Another interesting thing in terms of the cookie I created for this opportunity is that I think only one of them had tried Eggnog before, so that was a whole new experience. When one of the volunteers talked about what we were doing today, she said they were able to try cookies “not from a bag.”
I was able to head to Walmart to buy my Land O’ Lakes butter and other ingredients I would need.
The first thing I did was a little preparation with my own kids. I wanted to take sugar cookies with me so that the kids at the center could decorate whenever they weren’t in the kitchen.My kids had a lot of fun dumping ingredients, rolling out dough, and cutting out the shapes. I also made a batch of cookies for a new recipe, which I will bring to you soon after I tweak it a bit.
I packed up, what felt like, my whole baking section of my kitchen. I wasn’t sure what the youth center would have, so I wanted to be prepared.
Land O’ Lakes was generous enough to sponsor all the ingredients to make this recipe and experience happen, so I brought in the grocery bags full of food and set everything up in their kitchen. I was able to donate anything we didn’t use to the center. They can always use it as they do meals for families there. They also have connections with food banks that provide food boxes to some of the families in the area.
Here I am all unpacked at the center.
Here is the inside of the facility. It’s such a great space for kids. It has computer rooms, lockers, pool tables, ping pong tables, foos ball tables and TV’s. They also have interns and staff to build relationships with them.
The kids were all able to get into the kitchen and contribute to the baking process. We made these new Eggnog cookies with the recipe I get to bring to you today, but we made a number of other cookies as well.
As I stated, I am really excited to bring you this new cookie recipe. It is definitely in my repertoire as a Christmas favorite now. I want to use the buttercream in other ways as well. Thank you, Land O’ Lakes for providing me with the butter and inspiration for these cookies. This is a great butter product, and I believe that good ingredients are at the heart of any delicious recipe.
Eggnog Buttercream Sandwich Cookies (Makes about 15)
1 ¾ cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Cinnamon
1 ¼ sticks (10 Tablespoons) Land O’ Lake’s Butter
1 ½ cups Sugar
1 large Egg
2 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl mix butter and 1 ½ cups sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until smooth.
- Gradually add flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture.
- Use a 1 inch ice cream scoop batter onto lined baking sheets, spaced two inches apart as it will spread during cookies.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Cool completely.
½ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup butter flavored shortening
1 lb or 4 cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 oz Eggnog
1. Beat butter and shortening on med-high until combined and smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar, salt, nutmeg and vanilla. Continue beating until combined. It will look lumpy at this point, which is fine.
3. Add the 3 oz of Eggnog and combine until smooth.
Spread one heaping Tablespoon of Eggnog on one of the cookies. Sandwich the first cookie with the another cookie. Continue until all cookies have been made into sandwiches. This buttercream I adapted from my favorite buttercream recipe. I simply substituted the cream for Eggnog.
The kids were able to go home with a variety of cookies. This picture doesn’t even capture them all.
Other Cookies we made with Land O’ Lakes Butter:
We ran out of time to make:
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Those cookies look amazing, and what a great way to share them! The young men and women in your pictures look like they are having tons of fun. I’m so touched by the heart of your Father-in Law. So many people right off those areas that need help the most. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much! It has been awesome to watch how God has worked to make the center come to be through obedience and love. I appreciate you commenting!
This made me tear up!! what an amazing blessing you are to these kids and what a wonderful vision your father-in-law had. this is just so touching, thanks for sharing! #client
Thank you so much, Kristy. It was really was a wonderful experience, and I love that I got to get these kids baking in the kitchen for the first time. They also got to eat some yummy cookies. I’m so glad this was inspiring and touching to you. That’s what this season is all about, right?
I’m sure it was a lot of fun for the kids – to me there is nothing better than time spent in a kitchen. And nothing tastes better than home baked cookies. Your father in law is an amazing man.
It really was a great experience, and you are right about my father-in-law. Thanks so much for commenting!
You certainly are holier than thou! “kids that come home to struggling families or absentee parents. Crime, alcohol use, drug use and abuse is high”. FYI absentee parents aren’t a class issue. Yes, families from lower SES (socioeconomic statuses) tend to put more into working than education because they of financial resources. I worked with people from lower SES, not just drove by neighborhoods and snapped photos like a tourist, and we had discussions about why when they grew up that their parents pushed hard for finding a good job and what that meant about getting out of the community. There are also lots of hard working poor families that put a lot of emphasis on education. I inherited over 100K from my grandfather that he meant to help with my education and get me started in life, as did every other grandkid. He grew up very poor. My grandma grew up very poor in tenements around NYC and her father went into their burning apartment building to “save the books”. Both were immigrants from Ukraine. So for you to say “absentee parents” like they don’t give a shit about their kids shows how much of a bubble you live in. I’m from an upper middle class family, but I still make sure to know where my roots come from and understand WHY there is poverty and WHY a single mother has to work 4 jobs just to put dinner on the table and can’t be there to help her kid with their homework based on how our social and economic system’s set up.
I cannot stand people of privilege (whether it be about race or economic status or education status) who act like they deserve a pat on the back for baking cookies and posting photos of “at risk youth”. Thanks for labeling them like that for everyone to see, by the way. If it was you, would you want someone posting your photo saying something like “the poor kid I helped”.
Just do good things and don’t feel the need to brag about it or post about it so you get kudos. I came for the recipe, but leaving for the nasty taste left in mimy moitj;
You made a lot of assumptions about me, my involvement and my experience working with not only youth but a variety of people – of all economic levels. I’m sorry this left a bad taste in your mouth. It sounds like you have a lot of experience to draw on, and I’m really glad that you have a heart for working with people from lower SES too. You don’t know me, so I don’t believe you should look at a snapshot of one activity in my life and base an assumption of who I am, what I do or my heart attitude. You also make a lot of assumptions – like that I’m not aware that absentee parenting, alcohol and drug abuse and other issues are only issues in low income families. Not true at all. There are a lot of messed up families, and there are a lot of amazing families at all income levels. There is a lot of help needed in the lives of hurting people. My heart here is never to brag but to help inspire other people to get involved in serving and loving others. It’s a hard line in the blogging world, and one I’ve been conscious of as I write. Sorry you felt I crossed the line, but I still hope that others will see things here that inspire their own parenting and thinking outside themselves.
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