Eggnog Cookies

eggnog cookies


My first Christmas on the blog I made these eggnog cookies and they were AMAZING.  I posted the recipe and the photos and they did really well out in the land of Pinterest and Google.  But to this day, those photos make me cringe.  It was time to take some prettier photos and even give a cake mix version to the recipe!  And guess what, there will be plenty of left over eggnog for you to drink while they bake in the oven 🙂 [end-story]

Eggnog Cookies (Scratch and Cake Mix recipes)

Eggnog Cookies (Scratch and Cake Mix recipes)


Scratch Eggnog Cookies:
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Cake Mix Eggnog Cookies:
1 box white cake mix
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ C. butter, melted
3 eggs
¼ C. eggnog
Eggnog Glaze:
2 Tbsp. eggnog, more if you want a thiner glaze
1 pinch nutmeg
1-2 C. powdered sugar


Scratch Cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line pans with parchment paper.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Cream sugar and butter until light
4. Add eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks; beat at medium speed with mixer until smooth.
5. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined.
6. Do not over mix
7. Spoon onto un-greased cookie sheets or parchment paper and make the dough balls rather small, they will spread generously in the oven.
8. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.
9. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges barely start to brown.
Cake Mix Cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine cake mix, nutmeg, butter, eggs and eggnog until smooth.
3. Scoop dough balls slightly smaller than golf balls onto your cookie sheets (2 inches apart) and gently press down with fingers to that your cookies don’t bake up too tall.
4. Bake for 9-12 minutes and let cool.
1. Combine eggnog, nutmeg and 1 C. powdered sugar with a fork or whisk. Depending on how runny or thick you want your glaze, add in more powdered sugar or eggnog.
2. Glaze cooled cookies, go heavy on the glaze because that’s where you taste a lot of the eggnoggy-goodness!

I need to find some eggnog ice cream real soon…

eggnog cookie

If you love eggnog recipes, check out my Eggnog Cranberry Bread!

eggnog cranberry bread

24 thoughts on “Eggnog Cookies

  1. 1
    Carol says:

    How many cookies does both the scratch and cake mix versions yeild?

  2. 2
    Beverly says:

    Lizzy, I made your eggnog cranberry loaf. I doubled the recipe (which I probably wouldn’t do again – I think it’s less work/easier to make two separate batches) and sent one of the loaves with my husband to a meeting he was attending. He came with requests for the recipe. Delicious!

    The cookies look and sound lovely, will have to add them to my ever-growing list of Christmas-y recipes to try!

  3. 3
    Madison says:

    Hi Lizzy!

    I just wanted to know, which recipe do you prefer? The one from scratch, or the cake mix recipe?

  4. 4
    Becky says:

    These cookies look amazing!! I will definitely be making them for Christmas this year!! Because there is eggnog in the glaze, do you need to store them in the refrigerator?

  5. 5
    Mo says:

    Hi Lizzy, do you know what the right consistency would be to not over mix? Also, do you have any recipes with rice krispies?

  6. 6
    Jamie says:

    Does the glaze harden?

  7. 7
    SweetT says:

    I have a question – could you use one of the flavored eggnogs in the cookie?

  8. 8
    Annie says:

    I can’t wait to try these. Do they freeze well?

  9. 9
    Chelsea says:

    Hey, I have an answer to the eggnog ice cream! Penn State Berkey Creamery has eggnog ice cream for the season 🙂

  10. 10
    Ryan says:

    Why is there such a difference in baking temp between the two??

  11. 11
    P.S says:

    I made these cookies for a holiday party at work (the “from scatch” version) and they were a big hit! Not only did I love them, but my whole team enjoyed them. The cookies are soft and they arent to sweet or bland. The glaze was a great addition because it really brought out the egg nog taste. I would certainly recommend this delicious treat. Plus they are super easy to make! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  12. 12
    Deb says:

    I’m in Australia & wanting to try the cake mix
    Version, just wondering how many grams are in a ‘box’ of your cake mixes over there?

  13. 13
    Kay says:

    I think the recipe for the Cake mix version needs to be revisited. After getting it mixed up (and double checking the ingredients) there was no “rolling” possible. This was an extremely loose batter!
    I added a cup of flour to it and did them as drop cookies in an effort to not waste the ingredients. They puffed up quite high and taste OK.
    However…..after looking up some other recipes for cake mix eggnog cookies, it seems this recipe calls for too much butter and eggnog?

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