Eggnog Cookies

Time to ring in the holidays and what better way to do it than with an edible holiday drink? Eggnog cookies!

Close up of a cookie dipping into eggnog


 

Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog Cookies are luscious, full of flavor and have eggnog mixed into the cookies and frosting. These cookies come straight from the North Pole and are the best way to use leftover eggnog (or a good excuse to buy it in the first place!)

unfrosted eggnog cookies

The year I decided to make eggnog cookies, the craziest thing happened. In 2002 a hurricane ripped through the Caribbean destroying spice fields in Grenada.

Holy Cow, Where is the Nutmeg?

The news broadcast that the majority of US nutmeg is farmed in this area and that their fields could take years to recover, driving up the prices to import from Indonesia’s spice islands.

overhead of frosted eggnog cookie on a wood cutting board

I ran to the grocery store and stocked up on nutmeg; bottles and bottles of nutmeg. I could never run out. right? Holy crap… I ran out of nutmeg! I actually ran out of nutmeg while making my eggnog cookies. How could that have possibly happened?

PRO TIP: Freshly grated nutmeg makes a world of difference in the flavor of these cookies!

Turns out, I use way more nutmeg than I realized. I also decided that the only way to use nutmeg is freshly grated.

three frosted eggnog cookies on a white serving plate with cinnamon sticks

Do yourself a favor and buy whole nutmeg and a micrograter, the flavor is worlds better. These eggnog cookies will really pop with those freshly grated spices.

Eggnog

This recipe was adapted from Taste of Home magazine. One of the things that drew me to this particular eggnog cookie recipe is that it only used a small amount of eggnog. Making it perfect for that last little bit in the bottom of the carton.

eggnog cookie dipping into a glass of cinnamon eggnog

Even if you only have enough for the actual cookie dough, then substitute milk for the frosting. Or vice versa, even subbing out both and making just spice cookies.

Rum extract can also be actual rum or swapped to vanilla. Eggnog cookies are certainly versatile!

cookie sitting on burlap with a bite missing

What is Eggnog?

Eggnog is the definition of Christmas, at least it is in my house. When I start seeing Eggnog at the store I know that means Christmas is on its way! So what is eggnog?

cookie with a bite missing balancing on a glass of eggnog

Eggnog is typically made up of egg yolks, sugar, whole milk, heavy cream, nutmeg, and possibly a splash of rum or brandy for an alcoholic version.

You can make your own or grab a carton at the store.

Storage & Freezing

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Freeze cookies without frosting in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Frost after they thaw.

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Eggnog Cookie Recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
Eggnog Cookies are luscious, full of flavor and have eggnog mixed into the cookies and frosting. These cookies come straight from the North Pole and are the best way to use leftover eggnog!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies:

Frosting:

Instructions

  • Sift together flour, coarse salt and baking soda.
  • In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until combined. Beat in egg yolks, eggnog and rum extract.
  • Gradually fold in flour mixture until a sticky, soft dough forms. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Generously flour and roll dough on a clean work surface or rolling mat. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, round or another shape, cut out cookies and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
    rolled cookies
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes. Baking times may vary depending on ovens.
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes then carefully remove to a cooling rack.
  • When all cookies are cool, assemble frosting. Combine all frosting ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Blend until smooth. If needed, add additional powdered sugar or eggnog to achieve a spreading consistency.
    eggnog buttercream frosting
  • Frost cookies and allow to set in a single layer. When frosting sets they can be stacked and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. If you plan to freeze the cookies, do so before frosting. When you defrost, then assemble and frost.
  • If you've tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how they were in the comments or ratings!

Nutrition

Calories: 222 kcal, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 51 mg, Sodium: 38 mg, Potassium: 27 mg, Sugar: 20 g, Vitamin A: 360 IU, Calcium: 15 mg, Iron: 0.6 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 222
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, eggnog cookies
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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