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  • Writer's pictureNikki Glekas

Eggnog Cookies

This is a fun recipe that came out of our family’s deep love of eggnog. My kids, of course, drink the kind I buy at the store. When I cater holiday events for my clients, I’m always whipping up batches of boozy eggnog for the adults, and that’s our adult treat at home, too. It’s a very decadent drink, but the holidays are a time to indulge a little!

These cookies are so good. They are soft little sugar puffs flavored with warm spices and slathered with a thick eggnog glaze. They’re sweet, but not too much so, and taste incredible with a glass of eggnog on the side.

Making these is very easy and I often get my kids involved the baking process. I like them to help me with these easier holiday baking tasks. It makes my life easier and makes them a greater part of our family traditions. One thing I must stress here is that it’s essential you use full-fat eggnog when making the glaze. You really want that flavor to come through and the heavier eggnog is richer and more flavorful. Don’t skimp and get anything made with two percent or skim milk. The creamier the better!

Once these are baked, we add them to our Christmas cookie plate selection. They also make great gifts and are super fun to pair with a bottle of homemade boozy eggnog. Then you have something for the kids and something for the adults. Ha! No matter how you serve them or gift them you can’t go wrong. They are literally the most delicious eggnog-y bites and they never, ever last long in our house. Let me warn you, be prepared to make a double batch!

Baking Christmas cookies is one of my greatest joys during the holiday season. It’s a family activity we all look forward to. I hope you find some great cookie recipes on my site you can make with your family. Have fun baking together and have a wonderful holiday season!

Eggnog Cookies 

These are the BEST holiday cookies. They are a nice change from all the chocolate and peppermint of the season. Be sure to use rich eggnog for the glaze – you really want the flavor to shine.

Makes about 3 dozen


For the Cookies:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup eggnog

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • White pearl sprinkles for garnish ( optional) 

For the Eggnog Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons eggnog

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them, set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Set this dry mixture aside.

3. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggnog, vanilla extract, and egg yolks until well combined.4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a smooth cookie dough forms. Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave some space between each cookie.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies turn golden. The centers should be set. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely before glazing.6. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, eggnog, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon until you have a smooth glaze.7. Once the cookies are completely cool, drizzle or spread the eggnog glaze over the top of each cookie. You can also sprinkle a pinch of ground nutmeg or cinnamon on the glaze for extra flavor and decoration or sprinkle white pearl sprinkles. Let the glaze set for a little while before serving the cookies, then enjoy!

Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT.. To discuss further please contact or call 203.658.8659.

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