Eggnog Sugar Cookies

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The perfect recipe for the eggnog lovers in your life, these Eggnog Cookies feature a delicately flavored, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie topped with a maraschino cherry and rum-nutmeg icing drizzle.

A delicious melt-in-your-mouth eggnog cookie topped with a maraschino cherry and a sugar drizzle flavored with rum extract and nutmeg. These easy Christmas cookies are the ultimate dessert for eggnog fans

Eggnog Cookies Recipe

Every year, the minute those festive cartons of eggnog hit store shelves, I snatch up at least two or three with plans to bake all of the eggnog desserts.

I’ve put eggnog in just about every dessert there is – from eggnog fudge to eggnog cake, even eggnog pancakes! While we have a soft eggnog whoopie pie-type cookie, I hadn’t yet made a classic eggnog sugar cookie – so I set out to correct that!

These pillow sugar cookies just melt in your mouth and have a delicious eggnog flavor with subtle hints of rum extract and nutmeg. The eggnog flavor is complemented perfectly by the juicy maraschino cherries that we baked into these cookies before topping them off with a pretty icing drizzle that also has a slight rum-nutmeg flavor.

(Of course, you could swap out the rum extract for real rum or for vanilla extract – it’s your personal preference).

These sugar cookies are so incredibly easy to make and, unlike our other sugar cookie recipes, they require no refrigerating. Just make the dough and bake it right away!

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Eggnog Cookie Ingredients

For the optional drizzle:

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the rum extract for real rum or vanilla extract, if desired.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe
  • Small microwave-safe bowls
  • Cookie Scoop
  • Piping Bag

How to Make Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven to 350F

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and whipped, about 2 minutes.

Add the eggnog and rum extract and beat until combined.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.

Slowly beat the dry ingredients in the butter mixture until fully incorporated.

Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Press a maraschino cherry into the centre of each cookie dough ball.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden brown on the edges.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before adding the optional drizzle.

To make the drizzle, combine the powdered icing sugar, nutmeg and 2 Tablespoons of eggnog. Add the rum extract, if using. Beat until fully combined, adding more eggnog as needed to achieve a thick yet runny consistency.

Scoop the drizzle mixture into a piping bag and make a small snip at the end. Drizzle over the cookies.

Allow the drizzle to set before eating or storing.

 

Pin this Easily Eggnog Cookie recipe for your holiday baking:

How to make the best eggnog sugar cookies - complete with maraschino cherry center and an icing drizzle flavored with rum extract and nutmeg. These eggnog cookies just melt in your mouth - and are ready in less than 25 minutes!

Grab your free printable for our eggnog sugar cookie recipe:

Yield: 36 cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

A delicious melt-in-your-mouth eggnog cookie topped with a maraschino cherry and a sugar drizzle flavored with rum extract and nutmeg. These easy Christmas cookies are the ultimate dessert for eggnog fans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 24 Maraschino cherries

For the optional drizzle:

  • 1 cup powdered icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup eggnog, as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Rum extract, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and whipped, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggnog and rum extract and beat until combined.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
  6. Slowly beat the dry ingredients in the butter mixture until fully incorporated.
  7. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Press a maraschino cherry into the centre of each cookie dough ball.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden brown on the edges.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool completely before adding the optional drizzle.
  11. To make the drizzle, combine the powdered icing sugar, nutmeg and 2 Tablespoons of eggnog. Add the rum extract, if using. Beat until fully combined, adding more eggnog as needed to achieve a thick yet runny consistency.
  12. Scoop the drizzle mixture into a piping bag and make a small snip at the end. Drizzle over the cookies.
  13. Allow the drizzle to set before eating or storing.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves these delicious eggnog sugar cookies – they are definitely going in our Christmas baking rotation!

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