These soft and chewy eggnog sugar cookies are spiced with nutmeg and topped with a creamy eggnog buttercream. Perfect for the holidays!

Looking for more holiday treats? Try these Frosted Sugar Cookies or my Snowball Cookies! I also like this traditional Soft Sugar Cookie recipe.

Chewy Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Frosting

Have you heard how much I like eggnog? I shared some canned recipes before the end of November because I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Check out my Eggnog Cream Pie Parfaits and Ultimate Eggnog Poke Cake as well. It turns out that I’m not done with eggnog yet!

These Eggnog Sugar Cookies are just divine. You won’t be able to stop once you sink your teeth into the first bite. Make sure to check out my other cookie week recipes: Orange Cranberry Almond Bark, Soft Baked Molassas Cookies with a Brown Butter Glaze, and Andes Peppermint Crunch Cookie Dough Truffle Bars.

How I Developed this Christmas COokie REcipe

My boyfriend’s family makes the best snickerdoodles that are soft and pillowy (that’s a term). It really creates the ideal cookie. I left off the cinnamon and sugar in this cookie and seasoned it with nutmeg for a little of spiciness.

Every sugar treat requires icing.This is an eggnog buttercream icing. Aside from the standard butter and powdered sugar, I infused the frosting with nutmeg and eggnog.

How to Store These Cookies

If you want to serve these cookies the following day, let them out on the counter for a bit. The frosting will somewhat crust on top, making stacking them simpler. However, don’t stack too high or the icing will be crushed.

Do You Have to Chill the Cookie Dough?

This recipe makes enough cookies to feed a crowd or may simply be halved. Although the original recipe asks for refrigerating the dough for an hour, I find that refrigerating the dough causes the cookies to spread less. However, since I am impatient, I often leave it in the fridge for about 30 minutes and keep it chilled between batches.

Did I mention how delicious these cookies were? This Eggnog sugar cookie may wind up becoming your new favorite sugar cookie.

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Soft & Chewy Eggnog Sugar Cookies

  • Author:LEE
  • Prep Time:45 minutes
  • Cook Time:10 minutes
  • Total Time:55 minutes
  • Yield:3 dozen cookies


These quick eggnog sugar cookies are made with a soft sugar cookie base that has been spiced with nutmeg and topped with a creamy eggnog buttercream.


  • 1 C (2 sticks) Unsalted butter
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 C Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • For the frosting
  • 1 C Unsalted butter
  • 4 C Powdered sugar
  • 34 tbsp Eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Nutmeg to sprinkle


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fully combined.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla essence. Combine eggs, butter, and sugar until fully combined.
  4. Separately, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and nutmeg. Slowly incorporate into batter and beat on low speed until thoroughly incorporated and dough forms.
  5. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  6. Use a two-tablespoon cookie scoop to evenly distribute the cookies on a baking sheet coated with a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes on the center rack of your oven at 350°F.

For the Frosting

  1. Allow the butter to reach room temperature. Beat the butter with a stand mixer for several minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, gradually increasing the speed from low to medium. As the frosting thickens, gradually add the eggnog and gradually raise the speed to medium high; beat for several minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  3. Sprinkle nutmeg on top of the cooled cookie.

Recipes from my friends:

Grandbaby Cakes’ Mini Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Bites

Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies from I Am Baker

Eggnog Cupcakes from Life Love and Sugar

Other recipes you might like:

Brown Butter Maple Glazed Gingerbread Cookie

Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Buttercream

Eggnog Cream Pie Parfaits

Ultimate Eggnog Poke Cake


What are eggnog cookies made of?

14 cup all-purpose flour.
1 teaspoon baking powder.
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste.
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
14 cup white sugar. Excellent Value Sugar, pure granulated, 4 lb. ¾ cup butter, softened.
12 cup eggnog.
2 egg yolks.

Should cookie dough be chilled before baking?

The spread of cookie dough is controlled by chilling it.

The fat in the cookies is solidified by chilling the dough before baking. The fat in the refrigerated cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat while the cookies bake. Furthermore, the longer the fat stays solid, the less the biscuits spread.

Can you freeze frosted cookies?

Cookies may be frozen after they have been made and frosted with royal icing. Once the frosted cookies have fully dried, put them in an airtight container, such as a plastic freezer bag or Tupperware, with sheets of waxed paper in between any layers, and freeze them.

Can I freeze Christmas cookies?

Unfrosted cookies may be saved for up to 12 months if properly frozen. Cookies that have been iced may be frozen for up to three months.

What is the liquor called in egg nog?

Brandy: Makes the Most Traditional Eggnog.

What is the difference between egg nog and custard nog?

Characteristics of Flavor

Despite the fact that both eggnog and custard begin with the same basis of egg and cream, they taste quite different! Eggnog is warm and rich, whilst custard has a milder vanilla taste! Everyone enjoys a drink of eggnog as a festive favorite.

What happens if you don’t chill cookie dough before baking?

Refrigerating the dough helps the fats to cool. As a consequence, the cookies will expand slowly and retain their texture. If you omit the chilling phase, you’ll end up with flat, sad disks rather than wonderful, chewy cookies. Cookies baked from cold dough have a much richer taste.

Why are my sugar cookies hard?

They transition from soft to hard because they begin to dry out as soon as you remove them from the oven. (Yikes.) Whatever moisture remains in the cookies is constantly evaporating. Simultaneously, the sugars and starches are hardening.

What is the best thickness for sugar cookies?

4″–this will make them sturdy enough to handle and decorate, yet thin enough to remain crunchy.1 inch is the appropriate thickness for rolling out sugar cookie dough.

Is it better to freeze sugar cookies with or without frosting?

Sandwich cookies, frosted cookies, drizzled cookies, and decorated cookies are all options. As with filled cookies or cookies dusted with powdered sugar, it’s preferable to freeze these types of cookies as dough before baking and decorating as directed.

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