Christmas eggnog cookies

20 Dec



This was the first Christmas I have ever tried eggnog and let me state for the record – I am in love!

In Sydney Christmas is a hot’n’humid affair, with temperatures usually in the mid 30C so our drink of choice on the big day is beer or champagne. I don’t know anyone who has tried eggnog – many people I mention it to haven’t even heard of it.

But big supermarkets start stocking it in December and this year curiousity got the better of me. I bought it, tried it, loved it. I created eggnog cupcakes, which you can see here

I wanted to play around a bit more so I found this recipe for eggnog cookies at

I tweaked it somewhat, including reducing the sugar by half. And replacing the rum extract with real rum. And doubling the amount of cinnamon 🙂

I also didn’t bother making the butter topping, as lovely as it looked, cause it was just too hot to spend another minute in the kitchen.

These eggnog cookies were packaged up in pretty tins and given to neighbours for Christmas.


2 1/4 cups plain flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

170 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature, diced

1/4 cup caster sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 teaspoons dark rum

1/2 cup eggnog



Preheat oven to 180 C degrees.

In a large bowl use a fork to whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon – set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and both sugars until pale and creamy.

Beat in egg yolks one at a time, then stir in vanilla, rum and eggnog.

Turn to low speed and add flour mix, one tablespoon at a time, until just combined. Roll dough balls the size of a ping pong ball and place on tray, then gently flatten paper lined baking sheets. Allow space for them to spread.

Bake for 13 – 15 minutes.

When cold sprinkle with icing sugar.



16 Responses to “Christmas eggnog cookies”

  1. quilt32 December 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a new cookie recipe to try this year and I think this is the one.

  2. hotlyspiced December 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    I love eggnog too. My mother used to make it at Christmas time when we were growing up and there was a special batch for us without the rum but extra spice. The cookie idea is a great one. I just participated in a Secret Santa and received some eggnog fudge! It’s fabulous xx

  3. Linda December 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    Great use of eggnog!! Delicious Christmas treat 🙂

  4. youthfoodblog December 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. ladyredspecs December 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    I’ve never tasted eggnog either, too damn hot! Nice cookies thought

  6. Lilly Sue December 21, 2015 at 3:36 am #

    Yay! I absolutely love eggnog- yum 🙂

  7. trishlee75 December 21, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Yummy! Love the picture too!

  8. December 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Love eggnog in recipes – too rich to drink, maybe I need to add more rum!

  9. kathryningrid December 22, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Darling, icy cold eggnog is better than any hot variety I’ve had, and it’s great cut with any number of different liquors or, if you’re teetotaling or underaged and still want to cut the richness, with some fizzy ginger ale/ginger beer or any other effervescent drink.

    And I heartily approve of eggnog cookies anyhow!!!

    Have a fabulous Christmas, my dear! Much joy to you and yours in 2016!

  10. ChgoJohn December 22, 2015 at 4:38 am #

    I’ve been able to avoid the eggnog coolers so far this year but you had to go and make cookies with the stuff. My will power is crumbling. It’s only a matter of time now before I’ll be wearing an eggnog mustache, with cookie crumb embellishments. 🙂

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 22, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    I love eggnog with a passion! I think because I love nutmeg. What a clever idea 😀

  12. Maria Clara December 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    This recipe is totally awesome !! Such a nice change from a normal boring cookies recipe. Thank you for sharing .

    • The Hungry Mum January 24, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Awww, ta. I am in love with eggnog, will be making a few more things with it this Christmas.

  13. Anna @ shenANNAgans December 26, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I have never tried eggnog as I am not big on egg tasting sweets, will give your cookie recipe a go to ease into it.


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