These Eggnog Cookies are so fun to make and leave your house smelling sweet and delicious! They only take 15 minutes to bake and taste absolutely mouthwatering! You’ll be in heaven after you’ve taken your first bite!
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!
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.
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.
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?
Turns out, I use way more nutmeg than I realized. I also decided that the only way to use nutmeg is freshly grated. 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.
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.
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 a versatile cookie!
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?
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.
If you loved these easy Christmas cookies, check out these other easy Christmas recipes:
- Christmas Bundt Cake
- Christmas Tree Cake Cones
- 5-Minute Eggnog Pudding
- Eggnog Poke Cake
- M&M Chocolate Christmas Cookies
- 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter , room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 4 eggs yolks , lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons eggnog
- 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
- 3 cups flour
- 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup salted butter , room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons eggnog
- 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 until a sticky, soft dough forms. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 13-14 minutes. Bottoms will be a very light brown, remove before the tops of the cookies start to brown.
- 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.
- 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!