Last Minute Holiday Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog Cookies on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

Looking for an easy, crowd pleasing last minute holiday cookie? These soft and chewy classic eggnog cookies are simple and quick to make. Best of all…they taste exactly like Christmas!

There’s no shame in last minute baking…I do it all of the time! Some of my favourite recipes come together at the last minute.

No one has to know that this Dill Pickle Cheeseball was made the morning of the party. Or that the awesome homemade Honey Teriyaki Sauce they are dipping their wontons in only took ten minutes to make!

Eggnog Cookies stacked on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

Eggnog Cookies

If you’ve been following this blog for even just a short time, you might have seen me wax poetic about Eggnog before. I just love eggnog.

Not just any Eggnog but my favourite (and most requested) Homemade Eggnog made during the holiday season with real eggs and cream.

The cookies are the real deal. They contain simple baking ingredients and the only equipment required is a bowl and wooden spoon (plus muscle power!).

If you love chewy, sweetly spiced cookies then this is the recipe for you. Each spice and flavouring is exactly what I add to my Homemade Eggnog, making this cookie a perfect replica of the classic holiday cocktail.

Ingredients used in making Eggnog Cookies.

What Are the Ingredients in Eggnog Cookies?

Is there really eggnog in these cookies? You bet!! Although there is really only a tiny amount, these Eggnog Cookies do actually contain eggnog.

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg Yolk
  • Eggnog
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Most cake and cookie recipes ask for unsalted butter. The reason is that most bakers prefer to adjust the salt according to their own tastes. In most recipes you can still substitute salted butter, however do remember to add less salt later on. Always use room temperature or slightly softened butter.

This Eggnog Cookie recipe requires only one egg yolk. This allows these cookies to have an amazing fudgy texture instead of a lighter, airy cake texture that adding egg white would bring.

Use homemade or store bought Eggnog and in a pinch, milk will be fine too. Increase the spices just a smidge if using only milk.

A wooden spoon holds raw plain cookie dough.

Most people have a bottle of vanilla extract in their pantry. However, if you have a vanilla bean or bottle of paste handy they would be the best option for maximum vanilla flavour. Also, feel free to add some rum extract to achieve authentic eggnog flavor.

This recipe calls for Baking Powder and not baking soda because there are no acidic ingredients (lemon, buttermilk, etc.) added. Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and the acid needed to produce a rise.

As always, try to use the freshest spices you have. I remember my mom keeping nutmeg for YEARS…leading me to believe that it didn’t have much flavour at all. Once I found whole nutmeg and grated it fresh in every recipe I discovered the joys of fresh nutmeg flavour.

A cookie scoop scoops raw Eggnog cookie dough onto a silpat mat.

How to Make Eggnog Cookies

One bowl cookie recipes are a lifesaver, especially when you are stretched for time. Mixing up these eggnog cookies couldn’t be simpler.

Begin by adding the softened butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon and a little elbow grease to cream the butter and together until they reach a fluffy texture.

Next, add the egg yolk, eggnog, and vanilla (and rum if using). Mix the ‘wet’ ingredients together well.

Eggnog Cookies on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

Now it’s time to add the dry ingredients (don’t forget to leave out 1/4 cup sugar!). Simply scatter the salt, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg over the wet ingredients and mix the dough well.

The dough should be fairly stiff so that you can portion it out with a cookie scoop or tablespoon. Once portioned into 14 equal amounts, roll each ball with your hands, then dip each one into the reserved sugar.

Arrange each cookie dough ball on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Be sure to allow at least 1-2 inches in between each cookie as they will spread out slightly during baking.

Eggnog Cookies stacked on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

What is the Best Temperature for Baking Cookies?

It is generally accepted that a preheated 350 F oven is best for baking cookies and many other baked goods. This temperature bakes the inside and outside of the cookie evenly.

However, if you prefer chewier cookies try baking them at 325 F. The outside of the cookie will bake just a bit quicker than the outside, leaving the inside to be just slightly underdone.

Of course oven temperatures vary greatly and the time required to bake cookies to your desired doneness is a reflection of that temperature fluctuation.

Eggnog Cookies on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

Baking the Eggnog Cookies

Whichever oven temperature you choose, always place the cookie sheet in the centre of the oven and set a timer so you can rotate the baking sheet partway through.

Using the change in appearance of the cookies as a guide is the best way to judge when the cookies are done. I like mine when they are just beginning to turn colour around the edges while others prefer them just set along the outside and just a touch doughy in the center.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for ten minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Eggnog Cookies on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

Storing Eggnog Cookies

Store the cookies in a cookie tin or jar, or any container with a lid for up to 5 days. The cookies also freeze well, making them both a great bake ahead AND last minute cookie.

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Yield: 14 cookies

Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog Cookies on a white plate with Christmas ball decorations.

Looking for an easy, crowd pleasing last minute holiday cookie? These soft and chewy classic eggnog cookies are simple and quick to make. Best of all...they taste exactly like Christmas!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar; divided
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp eggnog
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 tsp vanilla bean caviar)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg; freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar together. Mix in the egg yolk, vanilla, and eggnog.
  3. Scatter the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices over the wet ingredients and mix together well.
  4. Using a 1 1/2 tbsp sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, measure out the dough.
  5. Roll each dough portion into a round ball then dip it in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  6. Place each dipped dough ball on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Space them out so they have a bit of room to spread.
  7. Bake until the cookies are set along the outside and just a touch doughy in the center, about 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets partway through.
  8. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets, then remove.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 152Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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20 comments

  1. Gloria

    These sound totally delicious. I have some leftover eggnog and was wondering what to do with it. These will be perfect for New Year’s eve!!

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  2. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    Oh these sound so delicious!!! I LOVE that it’s using leftovers too! I hate wasting food. This is on the menu for NYE for sure!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Same!! I’m all about making amazing things with leftovers.

      Reply

  3. Denise

    Your Eggnog Cookies look so good! Buttery and chewy, they will go well with some tea.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, they sure go great with tea.

      Reply

  4. Kathryn Donangelo

    These cookies are so delicious and chewy! I had a little eggnog leftover from the holidays so I’m so happy I came across this recipe! Thank you 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad you enjoyed them Kathryn, Happy New Year!

      Reply

  5. Beth

    What a simple, yet wonderfully spiced, cookie, not to mention a great use for that little bit of eggnog. I also thought that nutmeg didn’t have much flavor because my mom kept the same nutmegs for so long!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      LOL pretty sure my mom still has the same nutmeg that was in the cupboard when I moved out!

      Reply

  6. Marisa F. Stewart

    Luckily I still had a bit of eggnog leftover so I was able to make these delicious cookies. I LOVE eggnog but everyone else in the family thinks it’s just -bleh! But once they got a hold of these cookies they gobbled them up in no time. I was going to freeze and save them for my eggnog fix later on in the month. Well, there went my plan because they are all gone. Looks like I’ll have to make ME another batch.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Well there you go. Way to bring them over to the dark side. hahaha.

      Reply

  7. Lauren Vavala

    I have to admit I am a little hesitant to try egg nog, but these cookies look so amazing, I am quickly coming around! Such a unique, delicious sounding treat!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It really is a treat. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love it.

      Reply

  8. Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli

    What a wonderful texture these eggnog cookies have! Soft and chewy, and with a beautiful light color. Yes, once you try grating nutmeg instead of having the ground spice around forever, there is no turning back! 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      There’s so much more flavour!

      Reply

  9. Melanie

    Mmmmmm, yummy!! Going to make these to go with my tea tonight!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Sounds delicious, enjoy your tea!

      Reply

  10. Jo

    Those eggnog cookies looks so delicious! With wonderful warming spice flavors and eggnog these are simply the best holiday cookies

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Jo, we love them too!

      Reply

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