There is a magical time of year when our grocery refrigerators are blessed with eggnog once again. The stores start playing holiday music and you know it's that time of year. Finding my favorite brand of eggnog kicks off my holiday cookie baking spree, and eggnog sugar cookies are the first cookie I make.
Soft and full of eggnog flavor, these cookies melt in your mouth. Wrapped in some cute packaging, eggnog cookies make the perfect holiday host gift or treat for a friend.
Every year I make cookie packages for friends and family, and these cookies freeze and ship well.
How to Make Eggnog Cookies
The eggnog sugar cookies come together rather simply, with eggnog being the only ingredient you don’t probably already have in your pantry and fridge. There is also no rest time to chill the dough, so you can have hot, spiced cookies within the hour.
It's a little early in the season as I write this, so for this round of cookie baking, I had to try my hand at homemade eggnog. I chose a cooked recipe.
While it worked as an ingredient replacement, the cookies didn't have as much of an eggnog flavor as I would have liked, as the eggnog itself came out kind of bland. While it came together faster and easier than I had imagined, I don't find making cooked nog worth the hassle. I think I'll just stick with my favorite brand for those eggnog cravings and baking needs.
Once you have your eggnog picked out, gather your ingredients.
You want your butter to be softened ahead of time or, if necessary, in the microwave. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk together until combined. Then cream sugar and butter together. Next add the egg yolks, vanilla, and eggnog to the sugar and butter and mix together. Finally, mix in the dry ingredients just until combined.
The dough will be soft. I use a kitchen spoon and eyeballed a rounded tablespoon of dough per cookie on a Silpat mat. Parchment paper would also work.
Leave two inches between each dough mound, as these cookies do spread. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden. Transfer to a wire rack when they are cool enough to touch.
Once your eggnog sugar cookies have cooled to that perfect fresh-out-of-the-oven warmth, you'll need some tea to pair with it.
You could enjoy your cookies with some cookie-inspired tea like Chocolate Mint ‘Like the Cookie’ oolong tea, Vanilla Sugar Cookie, Buttery Shortbread dessert tea, or Caramel Snickerdoodle dessert tea. The cinnamon in Vanilla Sugar Cookie would especially pair well with the spices in our eggnog cookies.
- 2 and 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh ground preferred)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 and 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- Cinnamon sugar to dust
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
Add eggnog and mix.
Add vanilla extract and mix.
Add 2 egg yolks and mix.
Once combined, mix in dry ingredients just until combined.
Scoop rounded tablespoon sized portions of dough onto Silpat or parchment lined baking sheets. Leave two inches of space in between.
Dust with cinnamon sugar.
Bake cookies for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies just begin to turn golden.
Allow to cool until cool enough to touch, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Makes about 34 cookies.