Iced Eggnog Cookies

Holiday Recipes, Recipes, Sweet Treats

egggnog cookies

Eggnog lovers can take their holiday spirit to go now with these cookies, made with lots of warm spices, eggnog and finished with buttery, rum-laced icing.

I love Christmas.  Though I was raised by one Jewish and one Catholic parent, I’ve never identified with either religion and to an extent, have even struggled to fit spirituality into my life. I find the history of religions fascinating and of course, respect those who practice it, but I’ve never identified with the principles of either religion that I was exposed to growing up.

Religion is a highly personal topic, and you probably came here for a cookie recipe, so instead of waxing on about what I don’t believe, I want to talk about what I do believe in: tradition, gratitude, love and celebration.

egggnog cookies

I understand the religious significance of Christmas, and I realize a lot of people oppose the commercialization of a day that is supposed to be extremely holy, but I love the ceremony around the season: I think the decorations are beautiful, I love hosting and attending holiday parties, baking and sharing holiday treats and shopping for gifts that will make other people smile.

I also love tradition and learning about how my friends and extended family like to celebrate each year. My own family, my parents and brother, don’t celebrate Christmas together for a variety of reasons, and while it initially disappointed me to see some of the traditions we’d built since I was a child dissipate, it’s given me the opportunity to build some of my own traditions.

I was recently at a networking luncheon where everyone had to answer a get-to-know-you question, “what is your favorite holiday tradition?” My answer was easy: baking. Every year since I was a senior in college, I look forward to logging some hours in the kitchen trying new recipes and tweaking old favorites. Even though I’m a pretty die hard chocolate lover, variety is the spice of life and these eggnog cookies will be a great addition to any holiday cookie tray this year.<


Iced Eggnog Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen cookies
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for topping
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature (I used ¼ cup salted and ¼ cup unsalted butter)
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together until blended.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend butter and both sugars until mixture becomes pale and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, blending after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla extract, rum and eggnog. Set mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients slowly, until mixture is just combined.
  5. Scoop dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets by the tablespoon, spacing cookies approximately two inches apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Meanwhile, make eggnog frosting by combining butter, remaining eggnog, rum, completely then frost with Eggnog Frosting and sprinkle tops lightly with nutmeg.
  8. For the Eggnog Frosting: in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip remaining butter, eggnog and rum. Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency.

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    December 21, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I so want to try these cookies…they look delicious!! Eggnog icing sounds divine!

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    Deb Attinella
    December 21, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    What a great idea – I love eggnog flavor and perfect for the holidays!

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    Jenn Peas and Crayons
    December 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I’m with you on the traditions. Some of ours have fizzled but it’s so so so great building new traditions and making new memories! <3 Merry Christmas!

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    Megan Keno
    December 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Pretty sure Santa would really appreciate these on Christmas Eve, they look amazing!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    December 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I’m not especially a eggnog fan, but I do think I’d be a fan of these cookies!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    December 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    It is always nice to see and hear how others celebrate the holidays. I, for one, would totally be down for these cookies! I mean, what a great way to use eggnog!

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