Creamy Eggnog Bars

Creamy Eggnog Bars

  • Servings: 36 bars
  • Course: Dessert

These creamy, nutmeg-spiked dessert bars are guaranteed to be a party favorite. Sugar cookie mix makes these golden bars quick and simple to prepare. Make prep even easier by lining the baking pan with aluminum foil, extending the foil over the edges. Then use that foil to lift the uncut baked bars from the pan in one piece. That way you can better control how you cut bars when they are outside the pan. To store, layer bars between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Ingredients

  • 1 17 1/2-ounce package sugar cookie mix
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 tablespoon rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (optional)
  • Macadamia nuts, chopped (optional)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Aluminum foil

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over the pan edges. Lightly grease foil. Set pan aside. For crust, in a large bowl, stir together cookie mix and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in 1/2 chopped macadamia nuts. Press crumb mixture into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Step 2

For filling, in a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, eggnog, rum, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg until well combined. Carefully pour the filling over the hot crust.

Step 3

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until completely cool.

Step 4

Using the aluminum foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan; pull the aluminum foil from bar edges. Cut into bars.

Step 5

If desired, in a medium bowl combine whipping cream and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). If desired, serve bars topped with whipped cream mixture sprinkled with chopped macadamia nuts and additional nutmeg. Makes 36 bars.

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