You don’t need to love Eggnog to adore this Eggnog Cookie Recipe. The Holiday flavors come together perfectly in these soft sugar cookies topped with a delicious buttercream frosting topped with cinnamon. 

Eggnog Cookies
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I love enjoying Holiday cookies and these have become family favorites and requested often. The flavor and texture of the cookies are fantastic. With a combination of seasonings they have become a favorite in my home. 

Pro Tip:

Make sure to make a batch or two and stash a few away in the freezer before the holidays are over to enjoy well into the new year too.

Eggnog Cookies

This recipe is adapted from my soft sugar cookie recipe. Make sure to check out my Circus Funfetti Cookies, or Lemon Cookies. Both use this fantastic cookie recipe that gives a soft cookie which is loved by so many.

 Shopping List Needed

 Aside from eggs, flour, and baking powder you will also need.

  •  Fats: This recipe uses both Butter and Vegetable Oil. The combination of fats is what makes this recipe truly soft and delicious
  • Sugars: I use white and brown sugar to give extra sweetness and richness to the cookies
  • Seasonings and Extract: Holiday seasonings of Cinnamon and Nutmeg are used along with Rum Extract and Vanilla Extract.

How to make Eggnog Cookies

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer whip softened butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then add Vegetable Oil and continue to mix together.

Butter, Sugar and Brown Sugar in Bosch Universal Mixer

In this recipe you will add one egg plus one egg yolk. This will make the cookie tender and rich. It’s delicious, I promise. Add egg and vanilla and whip with butter mixture.

Combine dry ingredients together and add a little at a time until fully combined. 

Place cookie dough into the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes. Dough will feel soft. Chilling dough keeps cookies from spreading while baking. This step is important.

Cookies on baking sheet with parchment paper

Scoop cookie dough using a #24 size cookie scoop and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 Degrees for 9-10 Minutes or until edges are barely light golden in color. Line baking sheets with parchment paper is preferred to easily lift baked cookies off pan.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet to the cooling rack.

Eggnog Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • Butter Softened
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Eggnog
  • Rum Extract

How to make Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

Prepare yourself for the most delicious buttercream frosting. It’s truly fantastic piled on top of an Eggnog Sugar Cookie. 

In a large bowl using a hand mixer cream the butter butter with 1 cup powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add eggnog and Rum extract and mix until combined. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar until thick consistency is achieved.

Garnish tops of cookies with eggnog frosting and with sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon (optional)

Eggnog Cookie Recipe

How to store cookies

Cookies can be served fresh or frozen and enjoyed later. Allow cookies to thaw before serving. Frozen cookies will last up to 3 months.

Substitutions

What about substitutions? Well, let me share my thoughts.

Eggnog: You can of course use a lesser quality Eggnog, but I find using a brand name Eggnog best. It’s generally thicker consistency and richness pairs well in this recipe.

Sugars: Can you swap all white sugar or all brown sugar. This is an area that you can but the results will change depending on what you choose to use. Using all brown sugar will give the cookies more sweet and richness. It tends to make the cookies heavy too. I like a combination of both sugars.

Fats: Using a combination of butter AND Vegetable oil is perfect. If needed you could use all butter.

How to frost cookies with piping tip

I use a large star tip and starting in the center of the cooking swirl out making a rosette.

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Eggnog Glaze

Want a simple eggnog glaze instead of a buttercream frosting? Try mixing 2 cups powdered sugar with eggnog until desired consistency is reached. A nice drizzle over each cookie will be fantastic.

More Recipes using Eggnog

I’ve mentioned that I’m not a fan of drinking a tall glass of eggnog which is true. But I do love recipes where Eggnog is used. In fact, I love them. Here are my favorites.

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Eggnog Cookie Recipe

You don’t need to love Eggnog to adore this Eggnog Cookie Recipe. The Holiday flavors come together perfectly in these soft sugar cookies topped with a delicious buttercream frosting topped with cinnamon. 
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 445kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Eggnog
  • 1 Egg plus 1 Egg Yolk
  • 3 Cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rum Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoon Eggnog
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rum Extract

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer whip softened butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then add Vegetable Oil and continue to mix together.
  • Add one egg plus one egg yolk to creamed butter mixture with Vanilla and Rum Extracts
  • Combine dry ingredients together and add a little at a time until fully combined. 
  • Place cookie dough into the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes. 
  • Scoop cookie dough using a #24 size cookie scoop and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake at 350 Degrees for 9-10 Minutes or until edges are barely light golden in color.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet to the cooling rack.
  • Frost Cookies when completely cooled

Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer cream the butter butter with 1 cup powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Add eggnog and Rum extract and mix until combined. 
  • Gradually add remaining powdered sugar until thick consistency is achieved.
  • Garnish tops of cookies with eggnog frosting and with sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon (optional)

Notes

How to store cookies

Cookies can be served fresh or frozen and enjoyed later. Allow cookies to thaw before serving. Frozen cookies will last up to 3 months.

How to frost cookies with piping tip

I use a large star tip and starting in the center of the cooking swirl out making a rosette.

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
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