Eggnog Cookies are perfect for Santa! Soft & chewy sugar cookies topped with a creamy frosting all with the delicious flavor of eggnog! Lovely cookie recipe for Eggnog lovers.
This cookie recipe is the one you will want to bring along to all of your Holiday parties! Who doesn’t want an Eggnog Cookie to go along with a big glass of eggnog?? In my opinion, this is the best way to enjoy Eggnog!! This is a basic cookie recipe that does not require chilling or rolling, comes together quickly, and has the most amazing Eggnog Frosting to top it off!
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a festive holiday drink often served cold. It features milk and eggs as the main components and often has fresh nutmeg for a nice warm spice in every sip. This drink is thick, sweet, and very popular around Christmas time making these cookies perfect for the holidays too.
Ingredients for Eggnog Cookies
-Butter: You will need 1/2 cup of unsalted softened butter. this is one stick.
-Sugar: Use 1/2 cup of granulated sugar for a sweet cookie.
-Brown Sugar: Using 1/2 cup of brown sugar will give these cookies more sweetness and a nice depth of taste thanks to the molasses.
-Egg: You will need 1 large egg to help bind the dough together well and add richness to the taste.
-Vanilla: Use a teaspoon of vanilla extract to help enhance the flavors in the dough.
-Eggnog: To make these cookies taste more like eggnog add in 1/2 cup of fresh eggnog.
-Flour: The base of the dough is 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour.
-Baking Soda: You will need 1 teaspoon of baking soda to help these cookies puff up nicely as they bake.
-Salt: Use 1/2 teaspoon of salt to help bring out the flavors and make these cookies taste great.
-Nutmeg: You will need 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg to help spice these cookies well.
-Cinnamon: Use 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to bring in some warmth to every bite.
For the Frosting, You Will Need:
-Butter: Use 1/4 cup of softened unsalted butter for a rich tasting frosting.
-Powdered Sugar: You will need 3 cups of powdered sugar to make the frosting sweet and smooth.
-Eggnog: To really bring in that eggnog flavor, use 1/3 cup of your favorite brand.
-Vanilla: You will need 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to make the frosting taste perfect.
-Topping: To garnish these cookies sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg over the top of the frosting.
How to make Eggnog Cookies
Start this easy cookie recipe by preheating your oven to 350ºF.
While the oven is heating, in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar.
Once these are well mixed add in the egg, vanilla and Eggnog, continue to mix one minute more until a soft, creamy mixture has formed.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Using a whisk or a fork stir until there are no clumps and everything is well distributed throughout the flour.
Pour this mixture into the butter mixture and mix until soft cookie batter has formed. The batter will be thick and not sticky.
I like to use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop when I make these cookies, but you can also use two spoons to scoop out the cookie dough and place it on parchment lined baking sheets.
Once you have scooped out the cookie dough to the baking sheet, you are going to press the cookies flat with the back of a drinking class.
Grease the back of the cup with a little oil to prevent sticking. This helps the cookies to bake flat.
These cookies won’t flatten and spread when baked, so if you want them to stay in more of a ball shape, don’t flatten them out. However, they are easier to frost when flat.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until edges are golden and cookie is baked through.
While the cookies are baking or cooling, prepare the Eggnog Frosting.
Remove the cookies from the oven and place on a baking sheet to cool until ready to frost.
How to make Eggnog Frosting
To make this simple, yet tasty Eggnog Frosting for your Eggnog Cookies simply combine the butter, powdered sugar, Eggnog and vanilla in a medium sized mixing bowl. Make sure your butter is softened prior to starting this recipe. Using an electric mixer, mix the frosting until smooth, scraping the edges of the bowl as needed.
Frost the cooled Eggnog Cookies and sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg.
Ingredients for Eggnog Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup Eggnog
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Ingredients for Eggnog Frosting
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup Eggnog
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add in the egg, vanilla and eggnog. Continue to mix until well combined and a soft, creamy mixture is formed.
- In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop the cookies onto the baking sheet. With the back of a drinking cup, press the cookies until they are 1/4 inch thick. If the cup sticks to the cookies, grease with a little oil or butter.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges. Place on a cooling rack to cool.
Instructions for Eggnog Frosting
- In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, Eggnog and vanilla. Mix until soft frosting has formed. Frost the cooled cookies.
- Mix the nutmeg and cinnamon, sprinkle over the top of the frosted cookies.
How long are eggnog cookies good for?
These cookies are good for up to 3 or 4 days if kept stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They do not need to be placed into the fridge. They can however be kept stored in the fridge for up to a week if desired, in an airtight container.
Can I freeze eggnog cookies?
Yes, you can freeze these cookies for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Simply wait until after the cookies have thawed before frosting them as the frosting will be messy if frozen and thawed.
Looking for more holiday recipes? Try these other Christmas dessert recipes:
- Cranberry Salsa Dip
- White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes
- Spiced Ginger Cookies
- Creamy Cranberry Salad
- Rolo Pretzel Turtles
- Chocolate Popcorn
- Saltine Cracker Toffee
- Gingerbread Cookie Bites
- Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Eggnog Cookies recipe are an easy Holiday treat! I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t love this soft cookie infused with the delicious flavors of the class Eggnog. This unique Eggnog Cookie Recipe is the hit of every party!
Looks good gonna make for grandkids kids
Do these need to be refrigerated?
Nope, no refrigeration necessary!
These sound delicious! I am adding them to my Christmas cookie baking list this year. I like to bake throughout the month of December and freeze cookies as I go, then pull them out to make assorted cookie trays when I need them. Would these freeze well? Would you advise freezing just the cookie and waiting to frost? Thanks!
Yes, these freeze well, but I would wait to frost until after you thaw them out. Happy Baking!
Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. My granddaughter and I try one new recipe each Christmas and it either goes in the cookbook or the shredder! This is a keeper for sure.