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In the midst of Christmas season, Raw Nog Creams sounded perfect for the occasion. After I had them all decorated my husband walked by and said, “Hey, those look like cat whiskers. Hmm, so much for the holiday theme. I am trying to squeeze that image out of my head. hehe
Personally, I think they turned out adorable and festive. Although I will admit I now see the “cat” in them but I don’t want to admit that to him. haha. I made them for our Christmas Eve gathering this evening and they were well received. They are sure to go on the list of goodies to make come next Christmas season.
Below I listed the amount of nutmeg to use in either ground dried form or in oil. I want to touch base as to why I prefer using essential oils over dried when I can. Essential oils are more potent than dried and fresh herbs. Unlike dried herbs, which lose a majority of their healing nutrients during the drying process, therapeutic-grade (not aromatherapy grade, there is a significant difference between the two) oils do not. Oils are much more potent… A little goes along way. Add one drop, stir and taste. Repeat until you’ve reached your desired result. Just to show you, (even though we aren’t using a herb here) they are so concentrated that only 1-2 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to 1 – 2 oz of dried herbs.
Nutmeg has a sweet, warm, spicy scent and taste that transforms this cookie into the realm of eggnog flavors. But that isn’t the only reason I reach out to this spice. While nutmeg is only a spice that is used sparingly in recipes, it can still impact your health in a variety of ways. According to the Essential Oil Reference Guide, nutmeg “has adrenal cortex-like activity that helps support the adrenal glands for increased energy.” The list of benefits is quite long, but this one alone was enough to stop me in my tracks.
Another added perk is that it doesn’t just benefit you if taken internally. The aromatic affect is known to bring encouragement and spontaneity. So don’t forget to take full advantage of this wonderful spice.
P.S. I have included a baking option for those of you who don’t own a dehydrator. You are still light years ahead of purchasing commercially processed cookies. So I am proud of you for being here. I do recommend in time that you invest in one as it will open up a whole new culinary world to you. :) I first released this recipe on Dec. 25th, 2010! I thought I would bring up in rank because some of these older recipes get lost. It is so yummy and I hate to see that. I highly recommend the 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator.
Yields 5.5 (1/4 cup each) cookies
Vanilla Cream Frosting:
Vanilla cream frosting:
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