Egg Nog is one of those foods that signal the beginning of the holiday season. I usually buy a few cartons during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and typically have some extra—which is great, because it gives me an excuse to bake some egg nog goodies! Like these Egg Nog Mini Loaves, for example.Continue reading
I’m not a heavy coffee drinker but there’s something comforting about a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning. And we’ve had very cold mornings this week, so I’ve been drinking more coffee than usual! Most of the time, I just drink my coffee with cream, but it’s a nice change to have this Vanilla Spice Coffee every now and then. It’s not a super-sweet coffee drink, so if you prefer it sweeter you can add more sugar. The vanilla-cinnamon-nutmeg flavors are great together and if you add some whipped cream on top, you just may feel like you’re at your favorite coffeehouse! 🙂
VANILLA SPICE COFFEE by NancyC, adapted from Gooseberry Patch
Makes 2 servings
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup light cream (Half & Half)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (or a little more, to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) of hot, strong brewed coffee
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish
Combine milk, light cream, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan and stir well. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until sugar dissolves (or you can heat in the microwave, in a medium size microwave-safe bowl with a lip, for 45 to 60 seconds). Remove from heat and stir in hot coffee and vanilla (you can taste it at this point and if you’d like it sweeter, add more sugar). Pour into coffee mugs; garnish with whipped cream and a light sprinkling of ground cinnamon, and serve.
You may notice that the cinnamon and nutmeg won’t totally dissolve in the coffee as you’re making this, but that’s okay–just blend it as well as you can. I think the whipped cream topping with the additional sprinkle of cinnamon really makes this special–and you can use light whipped cream if you’re watching calories.
What’s your favorite flavored coffee drink? Do you make it yourself or get it from a coffee shop?
I had some extra egg nog, so I decided to create an egg nog muffin recipe of my own. These muffins rise very nicely, with wonderfully rounded tops. They’re not overly sweet, so they’re great spread with butter, jam, or even some cranberry chutney…and the Egg Nog Glaze adds a nice touch of sweetness on top!Continue reading
I mentioned a few posts ago that I had finally purchased some egg nog this season and was wanting to try some new egg nog recipes. And this is the first one I decided to try…Egg Nog Blondies. I really didn’t know what to expect…but after tasting them, I can tell you they are really yummy and moist, and even if you aren’t crazy about egg nog, the egg nog flavor is so subtle that I’m sure you would like these! In addition to egg nog, these blondies also have white chocolate (or vanilla) chips and dark chocolate chips, which both add to the yumminess. I found the recipe at Mother Thyme and just made a few small changes. They are definitely worth trying out!
EGG NOG BLONDIES slightly adapted from Mother Thyme
Makes an 8×8″ pan
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup egg nog, light or regular (I used light)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (or vanilla baking chips)
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (or you can substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease an 8 x 8 x 2″ baking pan; set aside.
In medium bowl sift flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon; set aside (I blended these ingredients with a whisk instead of sifting).
In large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), cream butter and sugar. Stir in egg and egg nog until ingredients are combined and then add the flour mixture, mixing until blended. Stir in chopped walnuts, white chocolate or vanilla chips, and dark chocolate chips.
Pour batter into your greased 8 x 8″ pan and bake 30 to 34 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (my baking time was 32 minutes).
Let pan of blondies cool completely on wire rack before cutting and removing from pan.
I cut mine into 9 larger squares, but you can cut these into smaller bars, too.
Warning: these are hard to stop eating! I ate a large square after I cut them and another large square after I took my photos! 🙂
Have you tried making any egg nog recipes this season?