Eggnog Cookies

Nothing says happy holidays better than a big glass of rich and creamy spiked eggnog. From that first glass of the season I am in heaven. Now I’m not one to “drink” my calories, but I always make an exception for eggnog. There’s just something about enjoying eggnog under the Christmas tree that’s just magical!

For two months out of the year, I can guarantee that a large container of eggnog is in our fridge. The other night while peering into our fridge, I had an overwhelming urge to whip up a batch of cookies using my favorite holiday drink. What could be better than a soft eggnog spiked cookie with a creamy butter-cream frosting?

If you’re a fan of eggnog, this is the cookie for you! Just don’t say I didn’t warn you…these cookies are delicious!! 😀

Eggnog Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 22 minutes


For the Cookies:
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup eggnog
1-2 tablespoons Rum (optional)

For the Eggnog Buttercream:
1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
1/3 cup commercial eggnog
1-2 teaspoons Rum (optional)
3 cup confectioners’ sugar
ground nutmeg for sprinkling


Adjust the oven racks to the upper-and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg yolks and vanilla; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the eggnog and rum; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed.
Drop by rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 3 inches between the cookies. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, eggnog, rum, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add more eggnog if needed to reach the desired consistency. After cookies are completely cool, ice them with a small spatula or butter knife and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

Source: adapted from Tidy Mom, originally adapted from Mrs Fields Secrets

One Year Ago: Chocolate Walnut Truffle Bars                              

Two Years Ago: Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Egg Nog Filling 

10 Responses to “Eggnog Cookies”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 19, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    What a delicious cookie! And festive too :)

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    Erin @ Erin's DC Kitchen — December 19, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Yummy! What a great idea. I want to enjoy eggnog so much, every year I have some and I’m disappointed. I think I never get the ratio of rum to nog correct and so it tastes like straight booze. Maybe these cookies will be the way I can finally enjoy it :-)

    Oh ya, Merry Christmas!

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    Medeja — December 19, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Oh I love it! I can imagine they taste beautifully!

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    ChgoJohn — December 19, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I’m with you on the nog love, Christina. It just isn’t Christmas without it. Using it to make cookies sounds like a wonderful idea and definitely worth trying. Thanks!

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    Laura Dembowski — December 19, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Love how big and soft thosr cookies look. They are so perfect for the holidays!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — December 19, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    These look unbelievable! I am in love with eggnog!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — December 20, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    I adore eggnog. Thank goodness it’s not around the rest of the year or we wouldn’t be able to fit through a door! :)

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    Sandra - The Foodie Affair — December 20, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I’m all over adding the rum! Egg nog is once a year treat. Gotta have it!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Cookies with icing! Yeees. That’s all I made this year for Christmas. Love them.

    I haven’t tried with eggnog buttercream, though. That’s really special sounding. Wish we had eggnog here! I’m just feeling too lazy to make some.

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    Jennifer — December 17, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    I made a batch of these this weekend and we got snowed in.. that was pretty dangerous because i wanted to eat every last crumb of them! Cookie perfection!!

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