Eggnog Cookies will delight everyone at your holiday gathering! Who could resist a cookie with all the flavors of your favorite holiday drink?
We are gearing up for the holiday season and that means no cookie will go unbaked. That is right, soon we will be launching into Christmas cookie baking overdrive! With so many tasty holiday flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon, and gingerbread the possibilities are endless! Seriously, you name it and I have definitely made a holiday cookie with it.
Now if you are not quite ready for the more adventurous flavors that is okay. We can always start with the basics, like how to make sugar cookies. If you want something new and exciting, we can dive right into these delightful eggnog Christmas cookies. Either way, you will not regret it.
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If you are like me, you will love that you can now drink your eggnog and eat it too! These eggnog cookies have proven to be a hit in holiday cookie exchanges season after season.
Not to brag, but these cookies even made it onto Santa’s Christmas cookie plate on more than one occasion. Now you know what my favorite Christmas cookie is, so I am dying to know what is yours?
INGREDIENTS AND VARIATIONS
Rum- Delicious dark rum just so happens to be the secret ingredient that makes these eggnog Christmas cookies so dang good. Feel free to use your favorite brand of rum. If you don’t have any rum on hand, or simply prefer to not use alcohol, rum extract is a perfect substitute. You can even skip the rum flavor all together if you prefer and these cookies will still be delicious!
Eggnog- Every season I always find different fun Eggnog flavors- like horchata eggnog! If you find something that intrigues you, I say give it a try! I always say if you bake with the flavors that you associate most with the holidays, you cannot go wrong.
HOW TO MAKE EGGNOG COOKIES
I don’t know about you, but for me, the holiday season hasn’t officially started until I have had a glass of eggnog. Some people get into the holiday spirit as soon as they hear their favorite Christmas song or when the weather turns cold. Well, my family lives in Oregon, so it is usually pretty cold here. For me, the holidays begin with my favorite flavors.
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon) in a bowl and set it aside
- Using your stand mixer with the paddle attachment in place, cream the butter and sugar together for about 1-2 minutes. You want the butter at room temperature so it gets nice and fluffy. You can use a hand mixer and a large bowl too.
- Add in your wet ingredients – egg yolks, eggnog, that delicious dark rum, and vanilla extract. Then beat that all together at medium speed until it is smooth
- Slowly add your dry ingredients to the mixing bowl at low speed until everything is evenly combined. Just be careful not to over mix the dough!
- Scoop your cookie dough and then roll each ball about 1-inch around. Then place them on your cookie sheet about two inches apart. They’re going to spread some. You can use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper if you have it, or lightly grease your cookie sheet.
- Put the cookies in your hot oven and bake for 10-13 minutes. (Cooking times may vary by oven so be sure to keep a watch for those perfect golden edges). When the cookies are done, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- While the cookies bake, mix up your finishing touch – the eggnog glaze. You want to add just enough eggnog to have a drizzle consistency. Usually between 4 and 5 tablespoons.
- Then use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over your completely cooled cookies. If they’re warm, the glaze will melt all over instead of being a pretty drizzle.
WHAT CAN I USE EGGNOG FOR?
We love eggnog so much that one day I started to wonder what else to use eggnog for besides drinking? If you are an eggnog enthusiast like myself, you can find 25 eggnog flavored recipes right here!
So when I started to think up eggnog cookie recipes, I knew they needed to be special. I’m so glad I found a way to combine my favorite holiday flavors and work in some surprise ingredients to really make them shine.
CAN YOU FREEZE EGGNOG COOKIES?
Another question I often get is can you freeze eggnog cookies? I am happy to report the that answer is yes!
You can enjoy these eggnog Christmas cookies year-round by cooking up some extra and freezing them.
First, make sure the cookies are completely cooled and the icing is hardened. Consider using parchment or wax paper to separate your cookies. Make sure you store and seal them properly in an airtight container or bag. This will ensure they are just as delicious when they come out of the freezer.
If you cannot live without that fresh-baked warmth, do not worry. You can also consider whipping up some extra eggnog cookie dough and freezing that in pre-scooped portions.
OTHER EGGNOG DESSERTS
Because what holiday spread is complete without multiple sweet treats to indulge on?
- Eggnog Rice Pudding – a new holiday take on the traditional sweet dessert
- Eggnog Cheesecake Dip – this dip is so simple to make and great to bring to any holiday gathering
- Eggnog Fudge – I have not met a fudge fan yet who did not fall in love with this eggnog fudge
Try some of my other favorite Christmas cookies recipes!
- Peppermint Sugar Cookies
- White Chocolate M&M Cookies
- Almond Butter Cookies
- Molasses Sugar Cookies
- Christmas Wreath Cookies
- More dessert recipes…
TOOLS USED TO MAKE THESE EGGNOG COOKIES
Silicone Mat: My cookies always turn out perfectly when I use this awesome baking mat. I definitely do not miss greasing the cookie sheet
Stand Mixer: This mixer is just so easy to use and my doughs always turn out perfect. It just makes baking that much more enjoyable.
*This post originally posted on 12/02/2015.
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg plus more for topping
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon dark rum (see note)
- ½ cup eggnog
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons eggnog
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer cream sugar and butter until fluffy. (You can also use a large mixing bowl and a hand mixer.)
- Add egg yolks, eggnog, rum, and vanilla extract. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
- Slowly add flour mixture. and beat at low speed until combined. Do not over mix!
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Space cookies about two inches apart.
- Bake for 10-13 or until edges are golden. (Baking time may vary a little by oven. You made an extra minute or two.)
- While cookies are baking, make your eggnog glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar and eggnog. Add the eggnog slowly until you reach a drizzle consistency, about 4-5 tablespoons.
- Cool cookies on wire cooling rack and drizzle with glaze once cooled completely. Store in an airtight container.