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Delicious Eggnog Cookies

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. 

Eggnog cookies on white plate.
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Frosted Eggnog Cookies

One thing that’s always at the top of my list around Christmas is getting to make eggnog-flavored everything. I love the flavor, and if you feel the same, you’d love this eggnog fudge, eggnog pie and eggnog French toast too.

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.

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!

Eggnog cookies on cooling rack.

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 usually just use whatever I have on hand since you only use just over a half cup. However Darigold eggnog is my favorite.

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.

Eggnog cookies on 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.

For an even bolder eggnog taste, try my creamy eggnog frosting on top instead!

Eggnog cookies on white plate.

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Eggnog Cookie Recipe

4.34 from 6 votes
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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.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 24


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup butter , slightly softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup  eggnog , I used Darigold


  • 1 ¼ 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, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and salt. 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 the 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.


Egg nog flavor: If you really want to boost the eggnog flavor, try using 1 teaspoon rum extract in place of the vanilla. You could also add and additional 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. 
Frosting: For a thicker frosting you could use my buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting. Use eggnog in place of the cream. 


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

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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