A deliciously decadent holiday treat, eggnog cookies are simple, sublime, and oh-so satisfying! Soft and chewy, with an eggnog frosting that would make Santa weak at the knees, this is one Christmas cookie treat you don’t want to miss out on!
So, are you ready to make the ultimate Christmas cookies? Let’s get baking!
Why you’ll love these eggnog cookies
- Eggnog flavor? In a cookie format? It’s almost too good to be true
- The texture is soft and chewy, making them utterly irresistible
- The eggnog glaze is amazing
- These bad boys are so easy to make
- They are the perfect treat for the holiday season
Special equipment needed to make this eggnog cookie recipe
There are a few key kitchen items you’ll need to bake these cookies:
- Large mixing bowl – a standard mixing bowl is a must when making your cookie mixture
- Electric whisk – a balloon whisk can be used, but an electric whisk saves all the hassle
- Stand mixer – a stand mixer is an invaluable tool when it comes to making cookie dough
- Baking tray – how are you going to bake these bad boys without a tray? Get a good one, you’ll be baking cookies like these all throughout the holiday season
- Piping bag – a good piping bag is a sweet toothed baker’s dream! The best way to add a beautiful topping to your soft and chewy eggnog cookies
- Cookie jar – make these cookies really special and buy a cookie to keep them in
- Wire rack – you’ll need a wire rack to cool the cookies after they come out of the oven
How to make eggnog cookies
Use a stand mixer to get super soft and chewy cookies.
What to serve with eggnog cookies
You could also add chocolate chips to bring an extra chocolatey flavor.
Substitutions for this recipe
You can replace the granulated sugar with brown sugar for a darker cookie.
Variations to this Recipe
- Homemade or Ready Made: You can use store-bought eggnog for the eggnog glaze on these cookies, or go for the homemade option and use my classic eggnog recipe.
- Go Kid Friendly: You can make kid-friendly eggnog cookies using alcohol-free eggnog.
- Eggnog Flavor: If you want a more robust eggnog flavor, you can increase the amount of eggnog in the recipe. Add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of eggnog to the dough to enhance the eggnog taste.
- Spices: Feel free to adjust the amount of ground nutmeg and cinnamon according to your taste preferences. You can add a bit more if you enjoy a stronger spice flavor or reduce the amount if you prefer a milder taste. You could even add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves to make it even more of a holiday cookie!
- Icing Variations: While the recipe provides a basic eggnog icing, you can experiment with different flavors. Add a rum or rum extract to the icing for a boozy twist. Alternatively, you can replace the eggnog with milk or heavy cream with a different flavor profile.
- Texture and Thickness: Reduce the baking time by a minute or two for a softer and chewier texture. You can extend the baking time slightly if you prefer a crisper cookie. Monitor the cookies as they bake to ensure they reach your desired texture.
- Additions: If you want to add some texture and flavor, consider mixing in chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts), dried fruits (such as raisins or cranberries), or chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
- Plain: Feel free to omit the icing from the top and, instead, add a sprinkling of simple icing sugar or even have them plain. They’ll still be delicious!
- Use butter at room temperature when mixing with the sugar. This makes sure your mixture is nice and fluffy.
- Make sure you get the correct measurements. The quality of your cookies depends a lot on the precision of the ratios between wet and dry ingredients.
What is eggnog?
A traditional holiday season drink, eggnog is a rich and creamy drink made with raw egg, milk, rum, brandy, sugar, and spices. All the ingredients are blended to make a smooth and velvety creamy drink perfect for the festive season.
Where does eggnog come from?
The origins of this delicious Christmas drink have yet to be discovered. There are claims that it was first created in Medieval Britain when the posher classes blended milk, eggs, and sherry around Christmas time.
As spice trading gained traction and other cuisines began to influence the Brits, spices were added, and, over the years, it became one of the classic Christmas recipes.
Do you use the whole egg or just egg yolks when making eggnog cookies?
For the actual cookies, the whole egg is used. However, only egg yolks are used when it comes to the eggnog glaze.
Is this recipe kid friendly?
If you want to make a kid-friendly version, go for alcohol-free eggnog when making the eggnog frosting.
How do you store eggnog cookies?
Store these cookies at room temperature in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to four days.
Can you freeze eggnog cookies?
Yes. Allow the cookies to cool completely, then place them in an airtight freezer-safe container. You can freeze them for up to six months.
Thaw at room temperature and allow them to reach room temperature before serving.
Can you freeze eggnog cookie dough to make later on?
Yes… this cookie dough can be portioned into cookie balls, and frozen for a later date.
To freeze cookie dough, divide them into separate portions and flash freeze on a baking tray for an hour. Then, place each individual into a freezable airtight container. This method prevents them from sticking together.
What else can you make with eggnog?
More amazing cookie recipes
Once you’ve made this delicious Christmas cookie, take a lookie at these other recipes. You’re going to love them:
- Kinder bueno cookies – Bueno fans will go nuts for this one. It’s a chocolate cookie with an irresistible taste, perfect for any time of the year… especially Christmas
- Apple pie cookies – is there anything more comforting than an apple pie? Here’s my twist on a traditional holiday season favorite
- Vegan oat cookies – these healthy cookies don’t skimp on taste. Simply sensational, ideal for breakfast or brunch or a daytime snack
- Sugar-free chocolate chip cookies – again, very healthy, again super delicious! You won’t believe how much flavor you can get without sugar. These cookies are incredible, and you’ll want to make them again and again.
More Christmas treat recipes
Can’t get enough sweet treats around the festive season? I’ve got a whole host of amazing Christmas recipes for you:
- Chocolate flapjacks – full of flavor and fantastic for the festive holiday season, flapjacks are easy to make and impossible to resist
- Chocolate Cheerio Baubles – who could possibly resist these Chocolate Cheerio Baubles? They’re easy to prepare, make a great craft activity, and look great on Christmas trees.
- Chocolate fairy cakes with Amarula buttercream – these little delights melt in the mouth. The secret is the delicious liquor known as Amarula. Once you discover it, you’ll never look back.
- Slow cooker Nutella fudge – nothing says indulgence like this fudge recipe. It’s simply spectacular, and I urge you to give this recipe a go around Christmas time. Who knows, it might even become your favorite sweet treat recipe
- Chocolate orange cupcakes – few things are as joyful, as purely indulgent, and as utterly scrumptious as chocolate orange cupcakes.
Capture the holiday spirit with our Eggnog Cookies. Buttery and spiced, they’re the perfect festive treat to sweeten the season.
For the Cookies:
- 225 grams (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 200 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
- 120 milliliters (1/2 cup) eggnog
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 420 grams (3 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the Icing:
- 120 grams (1 cup) powdered sugar
- 30–45 milliliters (2-3 tablespoons) eggnog
- Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggnog, eggs, and vanilla paste to the butter mixture. Beat until well combined.
- whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a separate bowl.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms.
- Roll the dough into small balls, about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) in diameter, and place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each cookie.
- Flatten each ball slightly with the back of a spoon or the bottom of a glass to create a cookie shape.
- Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
- While the cookies are baking, prepare the icing. Whisk together the powdered sugar and eggnog in a small bowl until you achieve a smooth and drizzle consistency icing.
- Once the cookies are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
- Once the cookies are completely cooled, drizzle the icing over the top of each cookie using a spoon or a piping bag.
- Allow the icing to set before serving the cookies. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: eggnog cookies, christmas cookies