Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies


Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies | Cooking Classy

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies | Cooking Classy

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies | Cooking Classy

I think it’s safe to say these are my new favorite holiday cookie! These deliciously soft and completely divine cookies do just as their titled, they melt away in your mouth! With their delicate texture and generous coating of eggnog frosting they are likely to become a cookie you’re not going to forget about. They really do taste just like eggnog in cookie form, so basically they are the best Christmas cookie ever.


How did I not know these things existed until now? It could be a dangerous thing though now that I do, for me and my whole family. You wouldn’t believe how quickly we finished these off. I think they definitely need to be a new Christmas tradition for my family, and yours too. If you like eggnog, put these cookies at the top of your must try list and make them asap. You’ll be glad you did and so will anyone that’s lucky enough to enjoy them with you. Do you have holiday cookie exchanges coming up? Make these and put everyone else’s cookies to shame. Ok I’m only joking (it’s that competitive side of me shining through :), but really everyone will love them and you’ll likely be passing out the recipe so keep it handy. Enjoy!

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies | Cooking Classy

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies | Cooking Classy


Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies

4.71 from 17 votes

Yield: About 32 cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg , plus more for topping
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp rum extract
  • 1/2 cup eggnog


  • 1/2 cup butter , at room temperature (I used 1/4 cup salted and 1/4 cup unsalted butter)
  • 3 - 5 Tbsp eggnog
  • 1/2 tsp rum extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks one at a time, blending just until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, rum extract and egg nog. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 13 minutes. Allow to rest on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Eggnog Frosting and sprinkle tops lightly with nutmeg.
  2. For the Eggnog Frosting:
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until very pale and fluffy. Add in rum extract and 3 Tbsp eggnog and mix in powdered sugar. Add additional eggnog to reach desired consistency.
  4. Recipe Source: slightly adapted from and inspired by Parent Pretty


  • Crissy Page: These look SO delicious, and thank you for linking to me! :) November 29, 2013 at 7:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Of course! Thanks so much for your inspiration Crissy! I love your blog!! November 29, 2013 at 7:53pm Reply

      • Chivon: Do these freeze well? November 23, 2016 at 7:22pm Reply

        • Suzanne: I froze mine and they were perfect once they thawed. I refrigerated my dough for 2 hours before baking because the dough was so sticky. I used the small sized OXO cookie scoop and I got 51 average sized cookies out of the recipe. I did 12 per large size cookie sheet. They flattened out a little but didn’t spread too much…Perfect! They look just like the picture. I also iced them then let that set then put them in layers between parchment paper in a plastic container in the freezer. I used Borden Premium Eggnog. Don’t skip the Rum extract as it gives them a more authentic, intense eggnog flavor than any other eggnog baked good I’ve ever made. They are so pretty & taste amazing. I included them in the gift “goodie tins” for my kid’s teachers for Christmas. This icing would be fantastic on cakes, cupcakes or brownies/blondies, too! December 21, 2016 at 11:22am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Is that plate from Anthro? I have a similar one but it’s more silver-hued than the bronze. I swear that plate was tailor-made for your gorg cookies! Pinned!

    I made eggnog donuts a few yrs ago and wow, great idea with cookies! November 30, 2013 at 12:44am Reply

  • Tieghan: Jaclyn!! These cookies look incredible and so perfect for the holiday!! I have a carton of eggnog and I think these need to be made soon! November 30, 2013 at 6:51am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: These definitely DO look super moist and melt in your mouth! Love the flavour! November 30, 2013 at 7:04am Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: Love the idea off eggnog cookies. It reminds me of a snicker doodle with frosting. Love! November 30, 2013 at 9:32am Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Just beautiful, Jaclyn! I bet these Eggnog Cookies do melt in your mouth and taste just like Christmas…perfect to munch on while trimming the tree or watching The Nutcracker Ballet with a cozy fire going. Love your plates from Pier1…I have both, LOL! Thanks for sharing and I hope you are enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving holiday weekend with your family. :) Pinning (of course)! November 30, 2013 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy I hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)! December 6, 2013 at 11:22pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I can’t wait to make these! November 30, 2013 at 3:30pm Reply

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.: These look perfect! Love that you used eggnog in the cookies and frosting! November 30, 2013 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: These are definitely my new favorite holiday cookies too! December 1, 2013 at 12:43am Reply

  • Sarah: I am living in the Middle East right now and Rum Extract is nearly impossible to find…probably impossible. Is there a substitute you would suggest? December 1, 2013 at 6:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The only thing would probably be to omit it or replace it with a little bit of real rum. December 1, 2013 at 7:21pm Reply

  • Esther: Hi Jaclyn, I’m inspired by these cookies. Thanks for sharing! Can you please tell me how many cookies 1 batch yields? I’d like to make these for a cookie exchange party and wanted to know how much I need to prepare. Thanks! December 1, 2013 at 8:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I got about 2 dozen I believe. December 1, 2013 at 7:20pm Reply

  • Deb: How many does this make? Looks wonderful! December 1, 2013 at 9:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Nearly two dozen if I’m remembering right. Sorry I hate when I forget to add that! December 1, 2013 at 7:19pm Reply

  • jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: These look awesome, Jaclyn! I’m kind of obsessed with all things egg nog right now! December 1, 2013 at 7:25pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: These sounds as good as they look! Gorgeous! Pinning! December 1, 2013 at 8:32pm Reply

  • Diane Gasior: Why didn’t mine spread out on the cookie sheet while baking? December 2, 2013 at 5:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You may have packed in the flour a bit while measuring so that would make them spread less. If you don’t feel you did you could always add another tbsp or two of butter and that should help (or a little more egg nog would probably help too). December 15, 2013 at 10:40am Reply

      • Cara: Mine didn’t spread out at all either. I definitely didn’t pack the flour, just used a knife to level off. After the first batch I used the back of a spoon to flatten them before putting in the oven. I guess next time I’ll have to try adding extra butter/egg nog and see if it makes a difference. The flour has been in the pantry awhile, so that may have contributed too. December 23, 2015 at 4:06pm Reply

  • Erin @ Edenn Valley Soap Co.: I just made these for a dessert potluck and they were a huge hit! I didn’t bring ANY home and was asked for the recipe 8 times. I will definitely be keeping this recipe in my box. Thanks for sharing! December 2, 2013 at 10:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear they were a hit Erin! Thanks so much for your comment! December 7, 2013 at 10:35pm Reply

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  • Ashley: Is the electric stand mixer with paddle attachment necessary? Those things are expensive! Should I fold ingredients in? December 4, 2013 at 11:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can use an electric hand mixer if you have one then once it gets heavy fold the rest by hand. December 5, 2013 at 4:07pm Reply

  • Noah: With those ingredients, you’ll prolly get about 18 medium sized cookies. December 5, 2013 at 7:02am Reply

  • Mariana: How do you store/pack the cookies with the frosting/glaze so it does not get stuck on the other cookies? Does it need refrigeration? December 5, 2013 at 6:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d recommend using parchment paper if storing them on top of each other so they don’t stick together. I didn’t refrigerate mine but we finished them within the day :). December 7, 2013 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Erin: I like the size of these, the directions call for a fairly small cookie which wins up being a one or two bite morsel of decadence…I got over two dozen from this recipe when I made them. I was overwhelmed with requests for the recipe! December 6, 2013 at 8:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Erin! I’m so glad these we’re enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a comment! December 6, 2013 at 7:13pm Reply

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  • Charlene: Has anyone made these? How were they? December 6, 2013 at 7:32pm Reply

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  • Susan: Just made these this afternoon. Delicious! They look as beautiful as the ones in the pictures and taste just like the blog post says they will. Definitely a new favorite! Recipe made 18 cookies. December 8, 2013 at 4:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear these are a new favorite for you too Susan! I want to make another batch. Thanks for your comment! December 8, 2013 at 5:04pm Reply

    • Susan: Oops! This made 27 cookies, not 18. Baked 3 batches with 9 on each cookie sheet. December 8, 2013 at 6:10pm Reply

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  • Richcia: Has anyone tried to freeze this dough and then bake? Does it freeze/bake well? December 12, 2013 at 12:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried it with these so I can’t say for sure. Wish I could sorry! December 12, 2013 at 7:06am Reply

  • Kelsey: This recipe is great! I ended up with 40 perfect little cookies that taste amazing. Thanks! December 12, 2013 at 12:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad to hear you like these cookies Kelsey! Thanks for letting me know how many you got! December 12, 2013 at 1:27pm Reply

  • Mony: Do these cookies freeze well? They look wonderful. I can’t wait to taste them!! December 12, 2013 at 5:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I rarely freeze baked goods I always just prefer them fresh. But I’d imagine they’d freeze just as good as most other baked goods. I hope you love them if you do try them! December 12, 2013 at 10:40pm Reply

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  • Jen: Jaclyn, thank you so much for posting this recipe. I used it as inspiration for cardamom cookies. They turned out to be delicious! I posted the recipe I used on my blog with a link back to your recipe. December 12, 2013 at 11:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ll have to try your version Jen, sounds delicious! December 15, 2013 at 10:52am Reply

  • Erika: This recipe is UH-MAY-ZING! Made them on a whim last night. Not only did the house smell fantastic, these cookies were so delightful to savour. They were so warm and moist, we needed a fork to eat them. I woke up this morning still thinking about them. Can’t wait to make another batch for Christmas! :) Thanks for sharing/posting! December 15, 2013 at 8:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these cookies Erika! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I’m excited to make them again for Christmas too :). December 15, 2013 at 10:28am Reply

  • Jodi: I made these today and they are so yummy! I made them as mini sandwich cookies and put the frosting in the middle…easier to stack and transport that way. December 15, 2013 at 4:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Good idea, then you get two cookies at once. I always love that :). I’m happy to hear you like them Jodi! December 20, 2013 at 5:06pm Reply

  • Nicolle Tafoya: Is the Rum extract nessecary? I don’t have any plus I’m not a fan of rum but I love eggnog. Do you think they will be just as good without it? December 16, 2013 at 12:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could probably leave it out. I personally love the flavor it adds but maybe you might not :). December 16, 2013 at 10:54am Reply

  • Deb: Are they supposed to spread so much? Mine spread out and are paper thin? Don’t look anything like the picture. December 22, 2013 at 7:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They shouldn’t be super thin. My first batch I made while I lived in D.C. was a bit thicker than the second batch I made in UT. I don’t know if it’s because of various brands of eggnog (and how they have different levels of fat, egg yolks, sugar, corn syrup and so forth) possibly. Did you use light eggnog by chance? Also, I use the scoop and level method for measuring flour (rather than spoon and level). If you do make them again I’d just reduce the amount of eggnog. So sorry that happened though! December 22, 2013 at 10:57pm Reply

  • Jin: Hi,
    I am excited to try this recipe out; can I use cookie cutters to make different shapes for christmas with my kids? Or will they spread too much?

    Thanks and Happy Holidays.

    Jin December 23, 2013 at 9:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: This dough is probably much to sticky to be able to roll and cut, sorry :). Happy Holidays to you! December 23, 2013 at 10:37am Reply

      • Rachel: Was wondering how they would do if you refrigerated the dough for a couple hours before baking? Any thoughts? November 18, 2015 at 5:14pm Reply

  • Jin: Hi Jaclyn,

    Thank You for responding and I will be trying this recipe out and will just make these for my husband and I. And let our kids make sugar cookies and make different shapes. That way I get to try this recipe out lol. It looks soooo good. I will let you know how they turn out.

    Jin. December 23, 2013 at 9:33pm Reply

  • Tammy: These are absolutely amazing, however I have to admit that I made them the lazy way. The old mix & pour. They turned out just perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe. December 24, 2013 at 4:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Tammy! Merry Christmas Eve! December 24, 2013 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Carrie: We love these cookies!
    My husband wished that he could have them anytime of the year but since egg nog is seasonal he’ll fill up on them now ;) December 29, 2013 at 9:09pm Reply

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  • steph: Great all the way to the icing mmmm…. November 30, 2014 at 4:30pm Reply

  • 911shazza: Made these this morning… excited to add the icing and then sample… It’s been all about eggnog around here… eggnog waffles last night and eggnog cookies today!! December 3, 2014 at 11:34am Reply

  • Nikki: these were simple but very good. I didn’t have rum extract so I just used some homemade vanilla that was infused in rum. Next batch I would only make for 10 minutes max because they harden significantly upon cooling. December 4, 2014 at 12:32am Reply

  • Anne C.: Made these tonight for a holiday party. Followed the directions exactly. Lovely and delicious!. Mine look just like your picture. I would probably tweak the frosting recipe next time. It made way too much, and I was generous on each cookie. I got 26 cookies using a scoop so they were all uniform. I don’t like eggnog, but these are spectacular! December 7, 2014 at 2:11pm Reply

  • Pamela: I was looking for an alternative to my usual eggnog cookie and this is it. Easy and delicious. The frosting didn’t appeal to me so I made a glaze with eggnog, vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. December 8, 2014 at 8:26am Reply

    • Paula: Pamela, What is your recipe? December 16, 2014 at 8:51pm Reply

  • Katie: I made these last night kind of spur of the moment because my eggnog was about to expire. I brought them into work, and they are a HUGE hit. Thank you!
    P.s., how would you describe the consistency of the cookie once it’s baked? I kept second guessing whether or not they were actually done baking. December 8, 2014 at 10:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The consistency should be soft and moist, not doughy though. I’m so glad you liked them! December 8, 2014 at 4:38pm Reply

  • Rayelle: Hi! I am just about to make these cookies and I have a couple questions. After they are done should they refrigerated? Also has anyone tried freezing theirs? December 10, 2014 at 5:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I didn’t refrigerate mine but if you are worried about that because of the eggnog in them you could definitely chill them in an airtight container, just bring to room temp before enjoying. December 10, 2014 at 5:46pm Reply

  • Ginger: I made these for a cookie exchange and they were the hit of the party! I had TWO people who bake and sell cookies for Christmas ask me for the recipe. They are one of the best cookies I have ever had – the cookies are super moist, soft, and simply DELICIOUS. The frosting is to die for good as well. I even used some I had leftover on gingerbread cookies and that was a great pairing! Thank you so much for such a terrific cookie recipe!! December 11, 2014 at 7:48am Reply

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  • Lia G: I made these yesterday they are so delicious! I am always nervous trying new recipes so I halved the recipe… I was sorry I did! Each bite really does taste like eggnog. So wonderful. The only thing is mine didn`t spread out, they baked in a blob shape. Can I flatten them down with a fork? or maybe try adding more eggnog. Anyway appearance aside these were soooo delicious.. can`t wait to make more for Christmas!!! December 15, 2014 at 7:53am Reply

  • Jenny: Just made these and WOW. I didn’t have any rum extract, but I did have some eggnog flavoured syrup that I used in lieu in the batter and in the frosting. Got TONS of eggnog taste! I didn’t add 3 cups of powdered sugar (didn’t have that much) I put in 1.5 cups and I might have had less icing, but I had more eggnog/buttery taste. This one is definitely a keeper! December 15, 2014 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Christine Heinrich: I made these for my school’s cookie contest and won first place. They are a huge hit! December 16, 2014 at 7:29pm Reply

  • Ashley: Can you use salted butter?? I dont have unsalted and I dont feel like going to the store. LOL December 18, 2014 at 1:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely, then just omit the salt from the recipe. I hope you love these Ashley! December 18, 2014 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Moira: Has this recipe actually been tested? I ask because I just did an adaptation of this recipe from another website, and the cookies turned out dry and didn’t spread out, and had a very horrible flour taste. I checked out your recipe and noticed compared to the recipe I went to that you have double the leavening agent, salt added into the mix, and a 1/4 cup less flour. December 18, 2014 at 7:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I’ve definitely tested and love this recipe :)! December 18, 2014 at 11:50pm Reply

  • Sandy: I made your eggnog cookies yesterday for a dessert contest at work. Even though I didn’t win competing against a Chocolate cake, my co-workers enjoyed the cookies. I had no leftovers. It is definitely a repeat in the future. December 19, 2014 at 5:13am Reply

  • lisa: I made these this morning, didn’t even frost them yet and I think they are very good. They come out just like in the picture. Soft and yummy. If you like egg nog you will like these. December 19, 2014 at 10:41am Reply

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  • megan: I made a double recipe of these and learned a couple things: First, they are really good :) Second, definitely add a little more butter because they do not spread at all in the original recipe. When you do, be aware the dough is very sticky (I added 2 tbsp. more butter and a bit of eggnog as originally suggested)… they spread more nicely this way, but were still puffy.

    Third, the frosting will frost a double batch (and I frosted pretty thick). I added the nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon to the frosting, rather than sprinkling it on top…very tasty.

    If you like eggnog, you truly will love these cookies! December 19, 2014 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Amanda: What type of eggnog does this call for? I’m in a dairy-free house-hold so would like to subsititue a soy-nog, but not sure if it will work well if this calls for a regular full-fat thick eggnog. Some eggnogs have a much higher fat content then others that may affect the cookies. December 19, 2014 at 4:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think if you added maybe 1 more tbsp butter to the recipe than the dairy free-nog would be fine, and you might want to add a few tbsp less soy nog just so the batter isn’t too thin. Hope that helps! December 21, 2014 at 7:23pm Reply

  • Tammy: I just made a batch and a half of these (flipped a bit on the amounts and had to fix it). Added in some extra cinnamon, nutmeg, eggnog & flour to balance it out. Added some nutmeg & extra eggnog into the icing as well. Amazing!! This is definitely a new holiday staple! December 20, 2014 at 6:05pm Reply

  • Sparky: Can the cookie dough be made a few days in advance and refrigerated? December 20, 2014 at 8:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it with this recipe. December 21, 2014 at 7:07pm Reply

  • Kristen: Hi, these sounds so delicious! I was just wondering if I could use light eggnog instead of regular? It’s all I usually have in my house and I really want to try these now! December 21, 2014 at 12:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t know if the cookies would be quite as moist, I think if you added another tbsp of butter the would probably be fine though. December 21, 2014 at 7:04pm Reply

  • Felicia: Just made these and they were FANTASTIC!! So much extra frosting but all of it is tasty. Thank you! December 23, 2014 at 1:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them :)! December 23, 2014 at 3:14pm Reply

  • Michele: Oh my goodness, these eggnog cookies are so delicious. I made them for the first time a few weeks ago and introduced them to every family member and everyone commented on how moist and delicious they were, from the youngest family member on up. These cookies are a pleasant change from the Christmas cookies I have made for years Thank you so much Jaclyn! December 26, 2014 at 5:28pm Reply

  • oodles_or: Just finished baking and icing these cookies. Absolutely “melt in your mouth” texture. Wonderful light flavor. Thanks for sharing. January 1, 2015 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Skye: I will try these tomorrow as the reviews are so positive. I live at 5000 ft. Has anyone made adjustments for high altitude? Please share. Thank you. November 7, 2015 at 7:58pm Reply

    • R C: I added 2 T of flour to my double batch and they turned out great but spread a little. Will add 3 T to my next double batch. Made one batch of frosting and it was enough. February 8, 2016 at 4:01pm Reply

      • Leigh Ann: Can I sub real rum for the extract? December 17, 2016 at 3:38am Reply

        • R.C.: From what I understand; rum is not usually recommended over extract as alcohol interupts the baking process and can make a mess. I think the amount in this is so small, it may not matter. idk 1/2 t extract is about equal to 1 1/2 T dark rum or 2 1/2 t T light rum. You may need to add flour…to make up for the difference in liquid. Did you know that rum is 37 to 80% alcohol? Natural extract (McCormick…) is 35% alcohol and the flavor is condensed so as to give a more intense flavor with less liquid. If you use rum, please let me know how they turn out. December 20, 2016 at 8:20pm Reply

  • Leilani: I have a friend who makes the best loaded eggnog. Can I use eggnog already laced with rum and not the rum extract? November 14, 2015 at 7:39am Reply

    • Erin: Absolutely! I think it would be amazing… November 28, 2015 at 8:25pm Reply

  • maria: Just made these and they are delicious! My mom and son loved them, too. They taste very much like eggnog and are so moist. I’m going to make them for a Christmas cookie exchange next month.

    Thank you for sharing! November 25, 2015 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Marina: I just made these! They are quite delicious however mine don’t look nearly this pretty. They ended up being rounded tops and very small. How did you get them to be flatter and perfectly round?? I also left the icing off mine! Thanks November 30, 2015 at 4:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It sounds like they may have been a little heavy on the flour so I’d try a little less next time, or you could add a little more butter to help them spread more. November 30, 2015 at 8:04pm Reply

    • G: My first batch turned out the same (although still delicious;) I flattened them when I took them out of the oven but for the second batch I just flattened them with a greased spatula before I popped them in the oven and they all came out perfectly round!! :) December 14, 2015 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Jen: These were delicious! They truly do have a melt-in-your-mouth texture. I added an extra tablespoon or two of eggnog to the frosting to mask the powdered sugar flavor and dial up the eggnog flavor. December 6, 2015 at 8:04pm Reply

  • Kim: Do you think these would freeze well without the frosting? December 7, 2015 at 11:44am Reply

  • Terri: Love this cookie. I made my icing with khalua instead of eggnog. Was a hit. December 7, 2015 at 2:09pm Reply

  • Anna-Marie: I am more curious about storing these cookies. Previous posts asked about refrigeration, but said they were eaten to fast… That never answered question. December 10, 2015 at 9:00pm Reply

  • Lois: Can you tell me how you frosted the cookies? i.e. did you pipe the frosting? December 11, 2015 at 9:30am Reply

  • Melany Quinn: Do you recommend insulated or non insulated cookie sheets? December 14, 2015 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Non-insulated and I also don’t recommend using the dark non-stick pans either as they tend to burn the bottoms of cookies. December 14, 2015 at 9:17pm Reply

  • Amy: Made these last night for a Holiday baking party and they were the hit of the night! Mine did not spread much but that didn’t seem to effect the yumminess! December 17, 2015 at 5:43am Reply

  • R C: Thanks to all the comments posted, I decided to try this recipe above all the others. My daughter brought a double batch to high school just for fun. Kids were screaming ‘these are the best cookies I’ve ever tasted’ and more. One asked if she could take one for each of her friends. One even asked us to make a batch just for him and he would pay us! lol Best cookies ever! For real! For high altitude Colorado I added 2 T of flour and they turned out great. Thanks! February 8, 2016 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Ellen Barks: About 30 yras ago at Christmas, Lazarus Dept. Store was having a cookie baking demo using a new mixer…the cookie was an eggnog recipe. It was delicious and my family fell in love with it when I made it for them. It has been a christmas request ever since. This recipe looks just a little different and I will try it this year. October 30, 2016 at 9:16pm Reply

  • Ellen Barks: Looks luscious…will definetly try these! October 30, 2016 at 9:30pm Reply

  • Caroline@pickledplum: So glad I found these cookies, I was looking for something a little different to offer this holiday season and your eggnog cookies are just perfect! Thank you for sharing, I’m very excited to try them! November 2, 2016 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Maria: Do these cookies freeze well November 14, 2016 at 2:04pm Reply

  • Brooke Juliar: Can I make the batter the night before? Doing a cookie bake and we need to have our dough premade. November 20, 2016 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Deb: What are the flecks sprinkled on the top of the cookie? December 2, 2016 at 2:17pm Reply

  • Savannah W.: Girl, these cookies are AWARD WINNING! I just took these to a cookie exchange yesterday and won one of the categories! There was another Eggnog recipe in the running and I beat it! I think what really made it was using Southern Comfort Eggnog not just any store brand! Thanks for creating this awesome cookie! I even had to snag a couple to keep for myself ;) December 5, 2016 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Awesome! Thanks for leaving a comment Savannah. December 7, 2016 at 12:45pm Reply

  • Jennifer: Made these last night to give as little gifts at work. They are beautiful and delicious. So fragrant. Will make every Christmas from now on. Thank you! December 11, 2016 at 6:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Im glad you liked these cookies Jennifer! Thanks for your comment! December 11, 2016 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Heloise Philson: Has anyone made this recipe in high altitude? Thanks. December 14, 2016 at 3:55pm Reply

  • Kristin: I only have dark brown sugar. Will this change the recipe much? I know it will have a deeper, more complex flavor b/c were is more molasses in dark brown sugar. But, is it crucial to use light brown?! December 14, 2016 at 5:22pm Reply

  • ~~Rhonda: I made this cookie recipe for our 26th annual Christmas Open House and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’ll be making this again. I had a lot of requests for the recipe, so have been sending those friends to your site. A delicious cookie! ~~Rhonda December 14, 2016 at 9:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for sending friends my way Rhonda:)! I’m glad you liked the cookies! December 15, 2016 at 2:59pm Reply

  • Dianne: I made these for our family cookie day and they were the big hit of the day! They wanted more so I am making more now! Finally an eggnog cookie that tastes like eggnog with the hint of rum and nutmeg! So good!! December 15, 2016 at 1:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you and yours loved them Dianne! December 20, 2016 at 3:03pm Reply

  • Tahnee: This recipe was awful? I followed the instructions to a T. They just look like one big sloppy mess on a pan! I baked the first batch and threw the rest in the trash. Too bad! The batter tasted sooo good December 16, 2016 at 4:57pm Reply

  • Michelle: These are amazing! I made two batches! First following the recipe…the second subbing Splenda for the white sugar and Splenda brown sugar too. Those required more egg nog but they tasted pretty much the same. Now to find a sugar free option for icing. Lol December 16, 2016 at 9:13pm Reply

  • Meredith: I just made these cookies. Mine were not as good as I had hoped. I would highly suggest starting with 1/4 tsp. rum extract rather than 1/2 tsp. in the icing. You can always add more if you want. I would have liked a more subtle rum flavor rather than one so strong you can’t get the taste out of your mouth. I did add some chopped pecans to the cookies, which gave the cookies a good taste. December 17, 2016 at 11:09am Reply

  • pola: Can these be made 2 days in advance if stored in the fridge? or at least the cookie dough be made in advance? December 21, 2016 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be fine, I’d make the cookies and store them not the batter. December 21, 2016 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Jeanne: These cookies were great! Didn’t change a thing in the recipe. Thanks for sharing. December 26, 2016 at 8:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you loved them Jeanne! December 30, 2016 at 4:25pm Reply

  • Erlyn: Hi.. is the frosting hard like meringue? Or soft like buttercream? August 26, 2017 at 7:46am Reply

  • Kelly: I made these and the amount of frosting seems excessive compared to the yield of cookies. I ended up throwing out well over half.

    That said, they do taste good. Too sweet for my hubby, but he is more of a savoury guy anyway. November 30, 2017 at 8:01pm Reply

  • Amber E: Could I replace the Rum extract with pure vanilla extract? December 4, 2017 at 7:28pm Reply

  • Lola Martinez: I couldn’t get enough of these! The only problem I had was I wanted to eat the whole batch! December 5, 2017 at 10:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Lola! Glad you loved them! December 5, 2017 at 10:19am Reply

  • Ann: Omg the best ever December 7, 2017 at 8:43pm Reply

  • Mary: Do they need to be refrigerated? December 10, 2017 at 1:24pm Reply

  • Lizabeth Harrison: Delicious!!! Gave out a batch for birthday gift. She loved them. I didn’t have vanilla or rum extract so just added rum instead.
    Increased eggnog by 1/4 cup and increased flour to get better consistency. For gifting I found it aesthetically more pleasing to roll into balls and then flatten. December 10, 2017 at 9:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Lizabeth! December 11, 2017 at 11:37am Reply

  • AnnieO: Made these tonight – absolutely delicious. Tender texture, great taste. December 11, 2017 at 9:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Annie! December 12, 2017 at 11:59am Reply

  • Dawn: These were delicious! December 14, 2017 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Chrissy Willner: They were delicious and more cake like consistency which I liked. I overbaked the first batch – second one could have been browner, just couldn’t find the right time for that 11 minutes was perfect for these cookies. December 16, 2017 at 8:46am Reply

  • Cindy H.: Just made these eggnog cookies for Christmas Eve. Had to taste test and… they are DELICIOUS!! Not too sweet and a wonderful eggnog flavor. We’re adding them to our annual Christmas cookie list :)
    Thank you for sharing! December 16, 2017 at 12:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the positive review! December 18, 2017 at 4:05pm Reply

  • Janna: I’ve been making this recipe ever since you posted it! Love it! I get asked every year to make this by my friends and family . I use actual rum for a bit of a boozy hit, and it’s delish! Thank you again! December 18, 2017 at 9:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yum! Thanks Janna! December 18, 2017 at 4:21pm Reply

  • Andrea: Very good, though not a strong eggnog flavor. I might double spices if I make again. I initially thought there way too much icing in my bowl, but ended up with exactly the right amount in the end. December 20, 2017 at 7:12pm Reply

    • Andrea: Forgot to mention that 11 minutes was way too long, 9 minutes was perfect. December 20, 2017 at 7:14pm Reply

  • Jaime: I won our baking contest for both taste and presentation with these fabulous cookies! Even my husband who dislikes egg nog noted these were ‘exceptionally good cookies.’ I also substituted actual rum as I didn’t have extract in the cupboard. They’re fun and festive! December 21, 2017 at 7:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yay! Congrats! December 21, 2017 at 4:13pm Reply

  • Meg: I made these for a cookie swap. They were delicious! Very light not too sweet and luscious frosting! I ran out of nutmeg and used mace and they came out fine. I’m baking them again and will try cardamom this time. So good definetly a keeper. December 22, 2017 at 5:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear you loved them Meg! December 28, 2017 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Cassie: Do these need to be refrigerated die to the eggnog in the frosting? December 22, 2017 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Summer: Made these for a Christmas gathering and they were begging for more! A huge hit – great flavor and overall great recipe! One tip – I recommend putting the dough in the fridge to stiffen up before scooping, otherwise it was too loose to hold it’s shape. Once scooped I flattened the cookie with the bottom of a glass so I’d have a more even surface to frost. I will be making these forever now!!! December 23, 2017 at 8:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Summer! January 2, 2018 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Michele H.: I made these last night to use up some of the eggnog in my fridge. I did not have rum extract, so I added a tablespoon of light rum to the cookie batter. I did not add any to the frosting because I thought I may be sharing these with my neighbors who have little ones. Very sweet, but very delicious – the egg nog flavor really comes through!! Thank you for a great new cookie recipe! :) December 25, 2017 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for your feedback Michele! January 2, 2018 at 4:04pm Reply

  • Jessica: These are fantastic! I had bourbon on hand, so I used that as a substitute for the rum extract. Definitely use a high quality egg nog, such as Oberweis, and use freshly ground nutmeg. I recommend Penzey’s. December 27, 2017 at 11:47am Reply

  • Cheryl: Made these cookies tonight and they came out perfect. Will bring them to a New Years Eve party. Thanks December 30, 2017 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Sandy: Absolutely the best new recipe this year! My granddaughter didn’t like the flavors of all the other baking I did, but she loves egg nog. I promised to find her an egg nog recipe and this was a SMASH HIT!!! They disappeared in less than 24 hours! I got 48, and they looked just like the picture. Love it! Thanks. January 2, 2018 at 1:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them Sandy! Thanks for your feedback! January 4, 2018 at 12:42pm Reply

  • Teri: Knocked it out of the ball park with these cookies, both at work and with the family! Even people who didn’t like Egg Nog loved these! And so easy to make. I see recommendations to increase the spices-I would not recommend that at all. The proportion is perfect. January 8, 2018 at 11:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Teri! January 8, 2018 at 12:12pm Reply

  • Joyce: I’ve spent 4 years leaving in Canada but I came back to Brazil and we unfortunately don’t have eggnog here :( does someone has a good eggnog’s recipe that would work well in this recipe? I miss eggnog so much!! Help!!! February 18, 2018 at 9:45am Reply

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