8 Days and Counting….

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#1. There are 8 days to go. As far as Christmases go I’m actually ahead of the game (everything bought and most things wrapped). But everyone and their mother (including me) is so booked up that we are planning holiday get togethers all the way until mid-late January. So I am just thinking I’m going to follow the Gregorian calendar which puts Christmas at January 7th. Excellent. That helps.

#2. My oven is dying. It helped with my epic failure that I will write about later and you will probably laugh. I’m not laughing now but surely later I will be. I have threatened to go all Office Space on the oven if it dies on me.

#3. We can’t really figure out what to make for Christmas dinner. Other than something with bacon. As MDP’s daughter pointed out (when there was bacon in the potato salad) that it’s not a meal at our place if bacon isn’t involved. Guilty. She also didn’t say it was a bad thing. :)

#4. The new Apple Christmas commercial is genius. If you haven’t seen it and you tend to be sentimental don’t watch it with people around.

#5: These muffins are a take on my snickerdoodle (aka refund muffin) but with an eggnog twist. They are super yummy. You don’t have to make the cream cheese into a log and freeze it but it really makes things easier…so go that extra step!

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Eggnog Cream Cheese Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounces) sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. cream of tarter
  • ¾ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • 2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • For the filling:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 TBSP eggnog
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1 cup sugar and 2 TBSP cinnamon mixed together for rolling

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix the cream cheese, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 2 TBSP flour, ½ cup granulated sugar, and 4 TBSP eggnog until fully combined.
  2. Roll into a log with so that when you slice it’s about the diameter of a quarter. Let set up in freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until soft about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the vanilla.
  5. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix until each is incorporated.
  6. In a separate, mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and cream of tartar.
  7. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream and eggnog alternately to the egg-butter mixture in the additions. Start with the flour and end with the flour. Scrape the bowl occasionally.
  8. Let batter sit in fridge for 30 minutes covered in plastic wrap, this will help it to roll in cinnamon sugar easier.
  9. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out muffin batter one at a time and drop into a shallow bowl filled with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Roll the muffin around in the mixture until it is covered completely in cinnamon sugar.
  11. Place muffin into a greased muffin tin.
  12. Divide the cream cheese roll into 12 to 15 parts depending on how many muffins you got.
  13. Place the cream cheese round into the muffin and press down slightly.
  14. Bake them for approx. 20-22 minutes in a 350F oven or until they are golden brown.
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Comments

  1. These look amazing! And your oven BETTER GET IT TOGETHER!! I can’t imagine the stress over that! Good luck!

  2. One year my mixer blew out – right in the middle of holiday baking! I went H.A.M.
    I had to borrow a mixer from my neighbor. Right after christmas that year, I bought a Kitchen Aid stand, mixer, and a hand mixer.

    I dont have time for that!

  3. Once I spent almost four hours trying a new pastry recipe, and when I baked them in the oven, I discovered that my oven wasn’t working right. Melted pools of butter, gooping up with the flour in the pastry, the jam running all over the place…the worst part was it didn’t get fixed for ages. I couldn’t bake at all! I hope your oven gets its head back in the game. This is Christmas baking, oven! You can’t give up on it now!

    I think I’m going to need these muffins to offset some of my hormonal tears from that Apple ad, too. You must love eggnog as much as I do.

  4. These look soooo good, P-bods! I just adore everything eggnog. And, I just love your PJs…I adored Snoopy and Joe Cool when I was little and had Peanuts PJs, sheets and pillow cases, etc. Right now, I’m kind of hooked on the Verizon Faces commercial with Sleeper Agent’s Winter Wonderland song. So catchy! I’ll check out that link for the Apple commercial. Hope your oven gets fixed soon. I was without a camera for a week and now I’m behind in all baking whilst living in denial that Christmas is next week. I’m with you on using the Gregorian calendar! I just may employ it with my blog posts. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Those muffins sound so good!

    And that Apple commercial made me bawl my eyes out. *sigh* I’m such a big baby. :)

  6. I was a little confused as to when to add the quarter cup of eggnog. I ended up adding it to the batter after the sour cream and flour. Also, my cream cheese mixture had too much liquid to roll into a log. I figured I could just spoon it onto the muffins. I am looking forward to tasting them!

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