Quick and Easy Eggnog Cupcakes

It’s officially holiday potluck time. I love the concept of potlucks. Everyone brings something sweet or savory, store bought or generations long homemade recipe. It’s a great way to try different things and an even better excuse to eat as much as you want!

The only thing I don’t love about potlucks? They tend to be on week days. I don’t know about you but on week day nights, the last thing I want to do is spend more time than I have to in the kitchen.

If you’re like me, I have the recipe for you. It utilizes one of the best holiday flavors, has minimal cleanup, is quick to make and eye-lollingly good.

I give you, one bowl eggnog cupcakes.

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First, preheat the oven to 350 F and line a muffin tin.

In a large bowl, add:

2 1/4 C + 3 TBS Flour

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6 TBS Cornstarch

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2 C Sugar

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1 TBS Baking Powder

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1 tsp Salt and combine them all together.

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Add 2 sticks of softened butter, cut into small cubes

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1 TBS Vanilla

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Mix until the batter looks like course meal

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Add 4 large eggs, one at a time while mixing

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Add 1/4 C Sour Cream

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1 C Eggnog and mix until completely combined

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Pop in the oven for about 19 minutes or until the tops are golden.

When they’re done cooking (and your house is full of the smell of rich vanilla), place them aside to cool and begin working on your frosting.

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Beat 2 sticks of butter on medium speed until smooth.

I would definitely recommend softening the butter first – it cuts your mixing time in half.

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Reduce mixing speed to low and gradually add 4 – 6 C Powdered Sugar (it’s up to you how much you want, I used 4 1/2 C) and beat until smooth

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Add 1/8 – 1/4 C Eggnog (depending on your taste preference)

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1 TBS Vanilla

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Beat until completely combined and slightly stiff.

Slather on your cooled cupcakes and decorate however you want!

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Whether you’re a lover of eggnog or not, these cupcakes are sure to get a smile and a groan from even the biggest Scrooges.

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Everyone will be lining up to snatch one and you’ll be the most popular person in the office/block/family whatever kind of potluck you’re at!

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Have you ever baked with eggnog before? This was my first time and I was surprised by how vanilla it tasted – the eggnog made it richer than regular vanilla cupcakes and gave it a little extra creaminess. If you do try this recipe, let me know what you think of it!

The Perfect Slice and Bake

I love baking.

If you haven’t figured that out by now, I have no idea what you’re doing when you visit my blog.

Now, I’d love to say that I normally don’t bake the same thing twice and am always experimenting and trying out new recipes.

But then I’d be lying.

And that would be obnoxious.

“What do I bake the most” I’m sure you’re anxiously wondering, you inquisitive reader, you.

Chocolate chip cookies.

Simple and classic. But I have a secret.

Every so often I crave slice and bake. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer that there is nothing in this world that’s comparable to fresh from the oven, made from scratch chocolate chip cookies but slice and bake make me so nostalgic.

They bring me back to being a kid and visiting a friend’s house, the mom throwing a batch in the oven for a quick and easy snack then served with a cold glass of milk and a side of raw cookie dough.

It’s comforting and reassuring – the food equivalent of reading Harry Potter.

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While the only effort that really goes into making them is to not eat all the cookie dough ahead of time, I do have a secret for the perfect slice and bake.

Ignore what the instructions say for time. Pop them in at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

They’ll come out perfectly cooked and taste homemade but don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret.

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Just don’t forget your glass of milk.

Cookies this good deserve a cheers!

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