Holiday Cookies - Elisabet der Nederlanden - Review, Recipe and Giveaway

Every cookie lover's favorite time of year is rolling up soon and will be here before we know it. I love to bake any time of year but the crisp days of Fall and the late mornings of winter with snow blanketing our backyard are guaranteed baking days in my kitchen. 

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet der Nederlanden is a beautifully styled book packed with 75 full-color photos and 50 recipes for holiday classics and twists on traditional treats. Along with recipes for Icebox Pinwheel cookies, Hazelnut sandwich cookies and Red and white meringue kisses, the author takes us around the world with Fig and cardamom rugelach, Hungarian kiffles, and more. Candies and confections are covered along with tips for packing, presenting and storing our baked treats. This is a stunning book that would be a great holiday or hostess gift - along with some freshly baked Saffron pistachio biscotti from the book or a cute holiday cookie cutter.

Special thanks to Ten Speed Press and the author for sharing the Glazed eggnog madeleines recipe with our members today. I'm hosting a holiday cookie lunch in November and asking everyone to buy this book and bake a cookie from it to share. I called dibs on these madeleines and hope to make a few others. I'll follow up in November with a post on the experience. It should be fun! Scroll to the end of this post to enter our contest for three copies of Holiday Cookies open to the US from the publisher and Eat Your Books is offering one copy worldwide.  


Glazed eggnog madeleines
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Makes 24 madeleines


These tender-crumbed cookie-cakes are a classic French treat and perfect alongside a cup of coffee or tea. The flavors of eggnog put this recipe squarely in the holiday realm, making it a great addition to your seasonal cookie assortment. For the best results, chill the batter and freeze the pan. The madeleines are best when eaten the day they are made.



  • 1 1⁄2 cups cake flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon or Cognac
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3⁄4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled


  • 2⁄3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


12-mold standard-size madeleine pan, 1-tablespoon cookie scoop (optional), wooden skewer or similar tool

To make the madeleines: Sift the flour, baking powder, and cloves into a bowl, then whisk in the salt and nutmeg. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs, yolks, and granulated sugar and whisk on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, until pale and airy. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand, add the flour mixture, and, using a rubber spatula, fold in gently. Add the bourbon, cream, and 1⁄2 cup of the melted butter and continue to fold gently until the ingredients are incorporated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, brush the madeleine molds with 2 tablespoons of the remaining butter, then place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove the pan from the freezer. Using the scoop or two tablespoons, scoop a rounded tablespoon of batter into each prepared mold. Then, using the wooden skewer, spread the batter gently to evenly

fill the mold. Bake the madeleines for about 12 minutes, until lightly golden brown and a slightly raised bump forms in the center of each one.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen each madeleine from its mold, then tip the pan to turn the madeleines onto the rack, scalloped side up, and let cool completely.

Wash and dry the pan, brush the molds with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes. Fill the molds with the remaining batter, then bake and cool the same way.

To make the glaze: In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, milk, and nutmeg to the thickness of heavy cream. One by one, dip each madeleine into the glaze at an angle, covering about 1 inch. Place them back on the cooling rack until ready to serve.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and we are offering one copy worldwide for a total of four. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • mcrimmins  on  9/17/2017 at 1:08 PM

    Espresso Thins sound great. I bake hundreds of cookies for the holidays. My relatives, friends and neighbors love it.

  • LarissaPrusak  on  9/17/2017 at 1:10 PM

    I am so ready for Christmas cookies. I love anything filled with jam. Spicy plum jam, delicious!

  • rchesser  on  9/17/2017 at 1:28 PM

    Hot Chocolate Cookies with Aleppo Pepper.

  • DarcyVaughn  on  9/17/2017 at 2:11 PM

    Malted milk chocolate cookies

  • kitchenclimbers  on  9/17/2017 at 2:25 PM

    hot chocolate cookies

  • Suzw  on  9/17/2017 at 2:29 PM

    Pain d'épices shortbread swirls

  • lapetitebaker  on  9/17/2017 at 2:39 PM

    I'd love to try the apple cider caramels. I love apple cider so I imagine these would be fantastic.

  • Siegal  on  9/17/2017 at 4:09 PM

    Saffron pistachio biscotti sounds delish

  • lpatterson412  on  9/17/2017 at 4:10 PM

    I want to try the triple chunk chocolate chip cookies!!!

  • lgroom  on  9/17/2017 at 4:45 PM

    I love Italian pignoli cookies so that's what I'll do first.

  • LMKeckler  on  9/17/2017 at 4:59 PM

    Ready to bust out my pan for madeleines!

  • ResourcefulKitchen  on  9/17/2017 at 5:51 PM

    I would definitely try Oatmeal crisps with chocolate first (with ingredients like oats, butter, oranges, and dark chocolate, how could I resist?)

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  9/17/2017 at 6:01 PM

    Saffron pistachio biscotti are catching my eye. There are many delicious recipes I would like to bake!

  • Kristjudy  on  9/17/2017 at 8:06 PM

    Espresso thins...

  • ravensfan  on  9/17/2017 at 8:48 PM

    Chocolate-dipped macaroons

  • Julia  on  9/17/2017 at 8:51 PM

    Black and White Cookies.

  • jr0717  on  9/17/2017 at 10:34 PM

    The Pignoli Cookies - I've yet to find a great recipe for them!

  • JJWong  on  9/17/2017 at 10:35 PM

    Every cookie recipe screams, "Holiday!"; my first recipe to try would be gingerbread cookies!

  • bevie19  on  9/17/2017 at 10:40 PM

    What book excites me the most?? This one sounds pretty good. But what recipe excites me the most? Hot chocolate cookies with Aleppo pepper!

  • AGENT99  on  9/18/2017 at 6:33 AM

    The Fruitcake Shortbread sounds yummy!

  • kmn4  on  9/18/2017 at 9:55 AM

    Hot chocolate cookies with Aleppo pepper

  • matag  on  9/18/2017 at 12:19 PM

    Apple cider caramels

  • sgump  on  9/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

    The fruitcake shortbread actually sounds nice! (So I agree with AGENT99, then!)

  • sarahawker  on  9/18/2017 at 1:28 PM

    Bourbon and maple chocolate truffles

  • TheNutritionLady  on  9/18/2017 at 10:04 PM

    I'd like to try pickling of vegetables because it is a faster way of preserving them without having to purchase the canning pot. I like the taste of pickled food and find them very tasty adds to meals.

  • NancyLynn  on  9/19/2017 at 1:47 AM

    fig and cardamom rugalah

  • eliza  on  9/19/2017 at 4:24 AM

    Dutch speculaas cookies.

  • ktwalla  on  9/19/2017 at 10:01 AM

    Hot Chocolate Cookies with Aleppo

  • rrwrites  on  9/19/2017 at 11:13 AM

    chocolate peanut butter brownie sandwhich cookes are calling my name

  • Potterhill  on  9/19/2017 at 2:04 PM

    Gingerbread house.

  • vinochic  on  9/19/2017 at 3:25 PM

    Saffron pistachio biscotti

  • jd5761  on  9/19/2017 at 5:53 PM

    black and white cookies

  • Larkspur  on  9/19/2017 at 8:17 PM

    Dark chocolate hazelnut fudge

  • princesspops  on  9/20/2017 at 4:51 AM

    I want to make them all! But South American alfajores first

  • Joyceeong  on  9/20/2017 at 7:51 AM

    Espresso Thins

  • cindymisho  on  9/20/2017 at 12:45 PM

    I would love to try the molasses spice cookies.

  • jifar  on  9/21/2017 at 3:06 PM

    The fruitcake shortbread!

  • nadiam1000  on  9/22/2017 at 6:14 AM

    Fig and cardamom rugelach

  • mpdeb98  on  9/22/2017 at 8:23 PM

    Hungarian kiffles

  • ladybrooke  on  9/22/2017 at 9:48 PM

    Apple cider caramels

  • Seren_Ann  on  9/23/2017 at 5:07 AM

    I think I'd try the fruitcake shortbreads. I love shortbread and I like the idea of fruitcake but it is often too rich for me. A combination of both sounds festive and delicious.

  • stitchan  on  9/23/2017 at 6:22 AM

    Matcha chocolate bark with berries and coconut

  • lils74  on  9/23/2017 at 7:12 PM

    Black and white cookies!

  • AnneOther  on  9/23/2017 at 7:23 PM

    So many cookies! I'd go for the Dutch speculaas cookies first, I think (and not just at the holidays!).

  • hibeez  on  9/24/2017 at 4:37 PM

    Chocolate-stenciled shortbread rounds. sounds intriguing and i love shortbread.

  • fiarose  on  9/24/2017 at 8:46 PM

    mmm...molasses spice, hot chocolate cookies with aleppo pepper, fig and cardamom rugelach, pepparkakor, apple spica caramels...nothing better to get you in the holiday mood!

  • rionafaith  on  9/24/2017 at 9:18 PM

    dark chocolate cookies with caramel!

  • LaurenE  on  9/24/2017 at 10:19 PM

    Malted milk chocolate cookies

  • Astrid5555  on  9/25/2017 at 2:16 PM

    Definitel Hot chocolate cookies with Aleppo pepper'

  • Scotsman61  on  9/27/2017 at 12:33 AM

    hot chocolate cookies

  • Karla123  on  9/27/2017 at 5:07 AM

    Matcha chocolate bark with berries and coconut...a quick, easy, and tasty treat for the holidays I know my family would indulge in.

  • mattyjaco  on  9/28/2017 at 10:18 AM

    hot chocolate cookies mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • AngelNewsi  on  9/28/2017 at 11:41 AM

    Glazed eggnog madelines - eggnog is one of my favorite holiday flavors!!

  • kimtrev  on  9/28/2017 at 5:53 PM

    pan d'epices shortbread swirls

  • Shanthz  on  9/28/2017 at 7:32 PM

    Smoked almond and cacao nib brittle

  • size_27  on  9/29/2017 at 1:07 AM

    Swedish pepparkakor, mmm, yes please

  • JaneRose  on  9/29/2017 at 6:53 AM

    So many to choose from, but I'd start with the Malted Milk Chocolate Cookies; a crowd pleaser for sure. So surprised to see a minty spritz cookie. I'll have to try that. I just usually make the traditional flavor. Nice to know this book includes Hungarian Kiffles. I'm still trying to perfect those; mine aren't quite like Grandma's.....yet.

  • valorie  on  9/30/2017 at 1:39 PM

    Red Velvet Crackle Cookies - Yum

  • kbiggs  on  9/30/2017 at 4:10 PM

    Glazed eggnog madeleines. What's not to like?!

  • Jsatkiewicz  on  9/30/2017 at 8:13 PM

    I love eggnog so I choose the glazed eggnog madeleines!

  • trudys_person  on  10/1/2017 at 10:17 AM

    Fruitcake Shortbread sounds interesting, and Speculaas!

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  10/1/2017 at 1:03 PM

    Fig and cardamom rugelach.

  • Dutchmary  on  10/1/2017 at 4:26 PM

    Hungarian kiffles, never heard of them..

  • Leebot  on  10/1/2017 at 4:52 PM

    Eggnog madeleines! I've made chocolate, vanilla, and lemon madeleines, but never eggnog.

  • alemily  on  10/2/2017 at 12:49 AM

    Molasses spice cookies

  • LAWG  on  10/2/2017 at 2:45 PM

    Well the Eggnog Madeleines sound devine! I'm starting with those ;-D

  • Danlev  on  10/2/2017 at 9:50 PM

    Expresso thins would be lovely dunk in a cappuccino

  • bibliophile02  on  10/3/2017 at 9:39 AM

    Chocolate stenciled shortbread rounds

  • LJStubbs  on  10/3/2017 at 7:59 PM

    Glazed eggnog madeleines are at the top of my list.

  • ndyson  on  10/3/2017 at 8:37 PM

    Fig and cardamom fuselage!!

  • ndyson  on  10/3/2017 at 8:40 PM


  • linmin  on  10/4/2017 at 6:34 PM

    Fruitcake Shortbread!

  • skipeterson  on  10/5/2017 at 2:51 PM

    Italian pignoli cookies

  • lhudson  on  10/5/2017 at 3:13 PM

    Dark chocolate cookies with caramel

  • Gneissspice  on  10/6/2017 at 6:22 PM

    Hot chocolate cookies with Aleppo Pepper (but you can’t actually get real Aleppo Pepper anymore....)

  • amandacooks  on  10/6/2017 at 6:55 PM

    Thumbprints with spicy plum jam

  • LMedina  on  10/6/2017 at 7:35 PM

    Chocolate-dipped macaroons There are so many that sound wonderful, but I love macaroons! The chocolate dipping makes them even more special.

  • dduvall  on  10/6/2017 at 9:46 PM

    The madeleines. I already have the tins.

  • Dmartin997  on  10/6/2017 at 10:01 PM

    Hungarian kiffles

  • HomespunHouse  on  10/6/2017 at 10:07 PM

    Fig and cardamom rugelach

  • luccio  on  10/6/2017 at 10:40 PM

    I'm intrigued by the Chocolate-stenciled shortbread rounds, it's something I have never thought of doing : )

  • gjnmc  on  10/7/2017 at 12:51 AM

    Dutch speculaas

  • heyjude  on  10/7/2017 at 1:02 AM

    Black & White Cookies

  • br22  on  10/7/2017 at 8:39 AM

    Hot chocolate cookies with Aleppo pepper! They sound great.

  • chimpbob  on  10/7/2017 at 8:52 AM

    The Madeleines...I love madeleines xx

  • mcrimmins  on  10/7/2017 at 10:04 AM

    Espresso Thins.

  • rstuart  on  10/7/2017 at 11:44 AM

    Dark chocolate cookies with caramel look tasty..

  • tararr  on  10/7/2017 at 2:31 PM

    I love both fruitcake and shortbread so... fruitcake shortbread!

  • Nancith  on  10/7/2017 at 3:14 PM

    Matcha chocolate bar with berries and coconut sounds really interesting & delicious.

  • sequoia55  on  10/7/2017 at 6:12 PM

    Chocolate-dipped macaroons

  • chasteph  on  10/8/2017 at 1:58 AM

    Eggnog madeleines of course!

  • RickPearson54  on  10/8/2017 at 9:17 AM

    Fruitcake shortbread

  • cecrofts  on  10/8/2017 at 10:29 AM

    Minty spritz cookies!

  • v.t  on  10/9/2017 at 4:16 AM

    Gingerbread cookies sound like me!

  • mfl  on  10/9/2017 at 9:49 AM

    Triple-chocolate chunk cookies

  • stargirl  on  10/9/2017 at 9:59 AM

    Chocolate-peanut butter brownie sandwich cookies

  • Kjohns101  on  10/9/2017 at 11:14 AM

    Glazed eggnog madeleines look yummy

  • Patoliv1312  on  10/9/2017 at 8:36 PM

    Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies and Reed velvet crinkle cookies.

  • cookingalice  on  10/10/2017 at 2:46 AM

    Hungarian kiffles

  • bstewart  on  10/10/2017 at 1:06 PM

    Gingerbread cookies!

  • laffersk  on  10/12/2017 at 9:01 AM

    I love Fruitcake shortbread

  • Katiefayhutson  on  10/15/2017 at 8:15 AM

    Malted milk chocolate cookie

  • AnnaZed  on  10/15/2017 at 10:50 PM

    Hazelnut sandwich cookies

  • dmflis  on  10/16/2017 at 1:58 PM

    So many great choices it is hard to decide which will be first. Since I have a madeleine pan I'll start with the glazed eggnog madeleines then move on to the saffron pistachio biscotti.

  • orchidlady01  on  10/19/2017 at 5:39 AM

    Gingerbread cookies

  • ltsuk  on  10/19/2017 at 11:22 PM

    Madeleines or the Hungarian kiffles

  • JenJoLa  on  10/20/2017 at 9:32 AM

    Smoked almond and cacao nib brittle

  • RSW  on  10/20/2017 at 6:46 PM

    Almond ricciarelli cookies (

  • VeryVigario  on  10/21/2017 at 9:28 PM

    The triple chocolate chunk cookies!

  • Jenamarie  on  10/22/2017 at 3:33 PM

    Pignoli Cookies! some of my favorite!

  • ennsee  on  10/24/2017 at 10:32 PM

    I would try the Espresso thins first.

  • t.t  on  10/25/2017 at 11:57 PM

    Hot chocolate cookies with Aleppo pepper

  • kateivan  on  10/26/2017 at 11:48 AM

    Dark chocolate cookies with caramel would be my first pick

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