Delicious Eggnog Cookies

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    All the flavor of the classic holiday drink staple in a delicious cookie! These eggnog cookies are the perfect treat to bring to holiday parties this year. 

    There are so many things to get excited about as the temperatures begin to drop. One thing that’s always at the top of my list is getting to make eggnog-flavored everything. I love the flavor, and if you feel the same, you’d love this eggnog fudge and eggnog french toast, too.

    eggnog cookies with icing on a white plate

    If you are a fellow eggnog lover, you are going to adore this cookie recipe. The flavor is so nostalgic to me—every time I have one of these cookies I’m reminded of my grandmother. I still remember drinking “frozen eggnog” at her house every year during Christmas. My older brother and I were always sneaking more. Somehow her stash never ran low. Only at gramma’s house! ;)

    These eggnog cookies are extra soft and have that classic eggnog flavor in every bite. Plus, the eggnog flavor is even laced throughout the powdered sugar icing—it’s absolutely incredible! They are the perfect Christmas cookies to enjoy this season!

    scooping eggnog cookie dough onto baking sheet with cookie scoop

    What does eggnog taste like?

    Eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate. It’s almost like a melted ice cream that’s heavy on the vanilla with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Traditional eggnog is made with cream and eggs, so there’s a depth to the flavor profile.

    These cookies definitely have the same classic flavor, so if you aren’t an eggnog fan, you might want to skip this one. However, I will say that my non-eggnog loving friend tried one of these and LOVED it. She even asked me for the recipe! So you may convert some people after all!

    Type to use

    You can use whatever kind of eggnog you like to make these Christmas cookies. I created this using a low-fat version from Bolthouse Farms, but I’ve also made them with homemade eggnog too.

    I usually just use whatever I have on hand since you only use just over a half cup. This is one of my favorite recipes using eggnog to make the morning after a party or an event if I have any leftovers too.

    iced eggnog cookies on a cooling rack

    Icing for eggnog cookies

    This easy icing recipe only has two simple ingredients: powdered sugar and eggnog. You can adjust the flavor to suit your flavor preferences by adding either more or less of each.

    It’s meant to be drizzled over the top of the cookie, rather than fully covered by it. That’s the best way to get a balanced flavor. Top it off with a shake of nutmeg and you’ve got the perfect cookie.

    A close up of an eggnog cookie drizzled with icing

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    A close up of an eggnog cookie drizzled with icing

    Eggnog Cookie Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: eggnog cookies
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 171
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    All the flavor of the classic holiday drink staple in a delicious cookie! These eggnog cookies are the perfect treat to bring to holiday parties this year.


    • 2 1/4 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 3/4 cup butter , slightly softened
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup  eggnog , I used Bolthouse


    • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
    • 3 Tablespoons eggnog
    • ground nutmeg , for garnish


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add egg yolks and vanilla to the mixture and beat until smooth. Finally, add in eggnog and mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Slowly add flour mixture into the eggnog mixture and stir until combined. Chill dough for 20 minutes.
    • Use a cookie scoop or drop spoonfuls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned. Do not over cook. Remove cookies from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
    • For icing, whisk powdered sugar and eggnog together. Add more of each, depending on the consistency you prefer.
    • Drizzle icing on cooled cookies and sprinkle with nutmeg. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


    Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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