Our Frosted Eggnog Cookies are made with a soft sugar cookie recipe that’s spiked with eggnog. These soft eggnog cookies have a gorgeous swirl of eggnog frosting on top. Don’t let the holiday pass you by without making this easy Christmas cookie recipe!
Frosted Eggnog Cookies
What does eggnog taste like?
Eggnog is a cold, creamy drink made using thickened milk, eggs, sugar and sometimes, nutmeg. It can be spiked with alcohol or enjoyed as a non-alcoholic drink. The taste of eggnog is very similar to custard.
Is eggnog safe to drink?
Due to the risk of Salmonella associated with consuming raw eggs, there is a long-lived debate about whether or not eggnog is safe to drink. The good news is, our recipe for eggnog cookies calls for store-bought eggnog, which has cooked eggs in it. If you plan to use homemade eggnog to make eggnog cookies, consider reading the FDA’s article on how to make eggnog safely.
Better yet, store-bought eggnog has no alcohol in it, so frosted eggnog cookies are kid-friendly!
How to Make Eggnog Cookies
The most important thing to remember when making these eggnog cookies is to plan ahead. This cookie dough has to refrigerate overnight. Mix up the cookies the day before you want to bake them for the best flavor and texture.
Hints for making cookies:
- Mix together the buttermilk and baking soda before adding to the cookie dough. This will help your cookies be soft and light in texture.
- Use real butter. We use salted butter because that is what we normally keep on hand.
- Add extra spices if you’d like! We added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg for a mild flavor. You can add more of either spice if you prefer a stronger taste.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap to seal and refrigerate overnight.
How to Roll Cookie Dough
Every time you roll out cookie dough it adds a touch more flour to the dough. For that reason, we divide the cookie dough into 2 or 3 different sections to roll out. Cut as many shapes as you can from the first roll outs, then take the scraps and roll again. I try not to roll the dough more than twice. The softest cookies come from that first rolling.
We make this eggnog frosting from a twist of our original vanilla buttercream. Instead of heavy cream, add eggnog…and don’t forget the cinnamon and nutmeg for a touch of flavor. If you’d like, you can switch out the vanilla extract for rum extract for a fun flavor change.
Be sure to beat the butter first before adding the other ingredients for the best fluffy texture.
How do I keep cookies soft?
If you have unfrosted cookies, the best way to keep them soft is to store them in an airtight container with either an apple wedge or a slice of sandwich bread. If the cookies dry out, simply wrap them in damp paper toweling and microwave them on high power for 15-20 seconds. Not only will they soften up, but the cookies will also be warm!
How to Store Frosted Eggnog Cookies
Because this recipe uses dairy products, we recommend refrigerating the cookies in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag. It’s also best to keep them in a single layer so the frosting stays in a pretty swirl.
OTHER SUGAR COOKIE RECIPES
- Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies
- Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies
- Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
- Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- Almond Sugar Cookies
- Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
Frosted Eggnog Cookies
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup salted butter (softened)
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup eggnog
- 6 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
Frosting and sprinkles optional
- 1 cup salted butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 3-4 tablespoons eggnog*
Plan Ahead! The cookie dough needs to chill overnight.
For the Cookies:
- Combine 1/4 cup buttermilk and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside until step 5.
- In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, salt, vanilla and eggnog. Mix well.
- Add 3 cups of flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder. Blend until combined.
- Add the buttermilk/baking soda mixture and the last 3 cups of flour. Mix until the flour is completely incorporated.
- Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and gently press it into a disc. Be sure it is wrapped tightly and refrigerate the dough overnight.
- When you're ready to roll out the dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle a pastry mat with flour. Divide the dough in half and roll out one-half of the dough, sprinkling flour on top of the dough as needed.
- Cut out the dough in the shapes you'd like. Place the cookies on a nonstick baking mat.
- Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, removing them before they are browned.
- Repeat with remaining dough, rerolling as needed.
- Allow the cookies to cool, then frost them with eggnog frosting and sprinkles, if desired.
- Store in an airtight container.
For the Frosting:
- In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2 minutes until it is almost white in color.
- Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and 3 tablespoons of eggnog.
- Beat on low speed for 3-5 minutes, adding in the last 1-2 tablespoons of eggnog if the buttercream needs to be thinner.
To Decorate the Cookies:
- Use a knife to spread frosting on the cooled cookies, or use a large Wilton cake decorating tip (1M or 2D work great!) to make a pretty swirl.
- To decorate, sprinkle nutmeg on the top of the cookies.
- Store in a single layer in an airtight container.