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Eggnog Cookies Recipe

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Eggnog Cookies

If you love the holiday season and its flavors, you’ll want to try eggnog cookies. These cookies capture the creamy, spiced essence of eggnog in each bite, making them perfect for festive gatherings or cozy nights in.

Whip up a batch in no time with simple ingredients like butter, sugar, eggnog, and a mix of warm spices. You’ll love how incredibly easy and delicious these soft, chewy cookies are. Plus, you can add a drizzle of eggnog icing for an extra touch of sweetness.

Whether you’re making them for a Christmas party or just to indulge your sweet tooth, eggnog cookies are sure to be a hit. So grab your ingredients and get baking—you won’t regret it!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Making eggnog cookies at home can be a fun and tasty project. Here’s a list of the exact ingredients you’ll need, along with some possible substitutes to suit different dietary needs or preferences.

Essential Ingredients

  • Butter: 1 cup, softened
    Substitute: Margarine or vegan butter for a dairy-free option.

  • Sugar:

    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
      Substitute: Coconut sugar or maple syrup (adjust other liquids if using syrup).

  • Eggnog: 1/2 cup
    Substitute: Vegan store-bought eggnog made from almond or soy milk.

  • Eggs: 2 egg yolks
    Substitute: Flaxseed meal mixed with water (1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons of water per yolk).

  • Rum Extract: 1 tablespoon
    Substitute: Vanilla extract or almond extract for different flavors.

  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
    Substitute: Almond extract or vanilla bean paste.

  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 1/4 cups
    Substitute: Gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

  • Baking Powder: 1 teaspoon

  • Nutmeg: 1/2 teaspoon, ground

  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon

Optional Ingredients

  • White Chocolate Chips: 1/2 cup
    Substitute: Dark chocolate chips or raisins.

Tips and Notes

  • Chilling the dough for at least 1 hour helps the cookies maintain their shape while baking.
  • Preheat your oven to the correct temperature (usually 300°F to 350°F) based on your recipe specifics.

Whether you follow the classic recipe or make a few tweaks, these cookies are bound to be a hit!


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon for about 30 seconds. Set this mixture aside.

In another large bowl, cream the butter and granulated sugar together using an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the eggnog to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until just combined.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until everything is well combined.

Shape the dough into 2-inch wide logs. Wrap these logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place these rounds on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned around the edges. Let them cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy your delicious eggnog cookies!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Baking Tips:

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your butter, eggs, and eggnog are at room temperature. This helps everything mix together smoothly.
  • Don’t Overmix: When combining wet and dry ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can make your cookies tough.
  • Chill the Dough: Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours to make it easier to handle and to enhance flavor.

Flavor Tricks:

  • Spice It Up: Add a bit more nutmeg, cinnamon, or even a pinch of cloves for a spicier flavor.
  • Extra Extracts: A splash of rum extract or a bit more vanilla can add a nice depth to the taste.
  • Sweet Topping: Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar on top before baking for extra sweetness and crunch.


  • Room Temperature: Store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  • Freezing Dough: Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and then in a freezer bag. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Freezing Baked Cookies: Once baked and cooled, place cookies in a freezer-safe container with parchment paper between layers. Freeze for up to 3 months.


  • Microwave: Warm cookies in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to freshen them up.
  • Oven: Reheat cookies in the oven at 300°F for 5-10 minutes to regain some crispness.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

You can get creative with your eggnog cookies! Try adding different spices like ginger or cloves for a unique twist. If you like a bit of chocolate, mix in some white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks.

For a festive touch, top your cookies with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar before baking. You can also drizzle them with a simple sugar glaze made from powdered sugar and a splash of eggnog.

Consider swapping out some of the regular sugar for brown sugar to give your cookies a richer flavor. Adding finely chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts can add a nice crunch.

When it’s time to serve these delicious cookies, try pairing them with a warm mug of eggnog or hot cocoa. They also go great with coffee for a cozy treat any time of the day.

Store your eggnog cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to a week, making them perfect for holiday gifting or just enjoying at home with family and friends.

You can also present these cookies on a festive platter lined with parchment paper, and sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on top for an extra special touch.

These simple tweaks and serving ideas can make your eggnog cookies even more delightful!