Scrumptious Eggnog Bars
Original Blog Post: Confections, Crafts and Couture.
I love this time of the year when it's super chilly outside and it's warm, fuzzy and festive inside. Every chance that I can, I throw on one of my onesies and curl up with a big mug of apple cider, hot cocoa or eggnog. Although some people don't enjoy the later, I have always been a fan of eggnog. Whether it's cold or heated, this winter drink continues to warm my spirits. I may not be able to drink the original formula thanks to my being lactose intolerant, but thank goodness for milk alternatives. I appreciate that eggnog is also super versatile and can easily be placed into recipes.
A few winters past, I was on a super eggnog kick. I was incorporating eggnog into as many recipes as possible. From pancakes to pound cakes, I couldn't get enough. It was during this same season I came up with the recipe for these Scrumptious Eggnog Bars. I brought these sweet treats to a Christmas kickback and they were definitely a hit. I had several people ask me for the recipe. These bars are a personal favorite of mine because the eggnog flavor is intensified with nutmeg and rum. Also the bars can easily be switched to adult-friendly bars by using spiked eggnog in the recipe.
These bars are very easy to make and a great recipe to make and decorate with kids. I decided to make these bars look even more appealing by topping them with This Christmas Sprinkle Mix. Check out the recipe and complete step by step video below.
Preparation time: 20 mins.
Baking time: 15 minutes
3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon nutmeg (fresh is best)
½ cup butter, softened ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg ½ cup eggnog (I used almond milk eggnog) 1 tablespoon rum (optional) For the Eggnog Frosting: ½ cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon of dark rum (optional)
⅓ cup eggnog (I used almond milk eggnog) ¼ teaspoon salt 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
This Christmas Sprinkle Mix, for decorating (optional)
Silver Cosmic Shimmers, for decorating (optional)
Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and flour or parchment paper 9x 13 pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add the egg, eggnog, and rum (optional) and beat again.
Slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture until thoroughly incorporated and dough has come together. Press dough into a greased 9x13 pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool completely.
While bars are baking, make the frosting.
Beat the butter until creamy. Add the rum, eggnog, and salt and beat again. Slowly add the powdered sugar until frosting is creamy and stiff. Spread evenly over the cooled bars.
Top with sprinkles and Cosmic Shimmers. Cut into 24 bars.
Devour and enjoy!!