Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookie Recipe

All I want for Christmas is some more of these Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookies! The cookie recipe is fail-proof and the frosting is incredible!

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Yeah, I just couldn’t help myself, I had to take a bite!

I was talking to a baker extraordinaire a few months ago and we got on the topic of sugar cookies.  She said the secret to great sugar cookies is using shortening! It keeps them extra light and fluffy! So of course I had to give it a shot this holiday season and bust out some Crisco!

Eggnog Sugar Cookie

 This cookie recipe is perfect! It didn’t stick to my countertop or to the rolling pin or to the cookie cutter! If you aren’t an eggnog lover, then use the recipe (minus the vanilla and rum extract) and add lemon extract or almond extract! Add your own flare and top it with some classic cream cheese frosting and sprinkles 🙂 Oh! Maybe even some crushed candy canes!

Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe

On the pan and into the oven they go!

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookies


Classic Sugar Cookies:
3 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. Crisco shortening
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. rum extract (optional for an extra "eggnog" zing)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
Eggnog Frosting:
3/4 C. butter, softened
3-4 Tbsp. eggnog, as needed
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. rum extract (optional)
2-3 C. powdered sugar (more if you want it thicker)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with parchment paper.
2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
3. In a stand mixer, beat butter, Crisco shortening and sugar together for 2 minutes. Add egg, rum extract, vanilla extract and sour cream and beat until combined.
4. Add flour mixture and stir only until combined.
6. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface. I rolled mine out to about 1/4 of an inch but you can make yours as thick or thin as you like! (The thicker the cookie the more time in the oven and the thinner the less time.) Cut out using desired shape and place on cookie sheets.
7. Bake for 7-10 minutes depending on how soft you like your cookies!
8. Let cool.
9. Eggnog Frostin: Beat butter, 2 Tablespoons eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, rum extract and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Then continue to add more eggnog (to make thinner) or more powdered sugar (to make thicker) until you reach your desired consistency. Taste before you frost to see if you want to add more spices!
10. Frost cookies!
Cookie Tip: If your cookies turn out too crispy, frost them and seal them in a tupperware for a day! Some of the moisture from the frosting will go into the cookie and soften it up!!

For those of you who like to see what the actual photo set-up looks like…

It’s pretty glamorous, old baking pans, old cutting boards… I’m a classy woman 🙂  Stay tuned for my Christmas Gift Guide for bakers and photographers! I’ll share all my secrets and gadgets to getting fabulous photos 🙂  And my little sneaky tricks of how I get around paying for really expensive equipment!

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17 thoughts on “Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookies

  1. 1
    Mary says:

    Good Morning Lizzy! How did you know that I had left-over Eggnog in my fridge from my holiday event this past weekend :-)??? I made your Cranberry Eggnog cupcakes which are always a hit! Angel and I have a cookie exchange coming-up this weekend and this recipe will be a wonderful addition.

    Thank you, Thank you!!


  2. 2
    Kristy says:

    Oooh these look amazing Lizzy!! Beautiful photos!

  3. 3
    Deborah says:

    These look awesome!! I love how soft they are, and must try making my sugar cookies with shortening!

  4. 4
    Brooke says:

    Looks great! I would love to see a post about how you shoot your photos and your tricks without fancy equipment.

  5. 5

    YUM! I made some eggnog cookies last night (not soft!) These look perfect for the holidays!

  6. 6

    These look so soft and fluffy! I love eggnog in baked goods, these cookies sound amazing!

  7. 7
    leslie says:

    Oh egg nog flavored cookie….that’s pretty dreamy

  8. 8
    Megan says:

    These sound amazing! I used your tips for making perfect chocolate chip cookies and they have totally changed how I make them! All of my previous attempts ended up with paper thin, rock hard, burnt crispy disasters. One of the things that made a particularly big difference for me was freezing my dough to keep the cookies from spreading too much. Do you think that might be an issue with these? Should I freeze the dough first, or head straight to the oven?

    Love so, so many of your recipes!

  9. 9

    I made eggnog sugar cookies last weekend, but mine turned out crispy. I’ll have to try them with crisco next time and see if they come out more how I envisioned! These are gorgeous.

  10. 10
    naomi says:

    Yep, the shortening is the trick – just like how it adds flakiness to a pie. Oddly, I don’t know why some people have such an aversion to it.

  11. 11

    These are PERFECT! From the icing to the perfectly shaped cookies, wow!

  12. 12

    I’m a total sucker for soft baked cookies! YUM!

  13. 13
    Michelle says:

    I have been looking everywhere for a good sugar cookie recipe and I came across your eggnog sugar cookie recipe. Who doesn’t like eggnog at Christmas?! Anyway, I made these for the first time today and they turned out absolutely perfect. I used Christmas cookie cutters and each batch came out perfect. They kept their shape, stayed soft and weren’t hard as rocks within half an hour. Everyone absolutely loved them! Thanks for this wonderful recipe. This will definitely be a holiday staple in our house fore the holidays for a long time to come!

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