Eggnog Cookies with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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My family loves eggnog, so every year I make these easy and tasty cookies to make the holidays extra festive. Christmas wouldn't be the same without them!—Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • Additional ground nutmeg
  • Halved candied cherries, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and nutmeg until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, eggnog and extract. Gradually beat in flour. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness with bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a bowl, beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, extract, nutmeg and enough eggnog to reach spreading consistency. Spread over cookies. Sprinkle tops with additional nutmeg. If desired, top with cherries. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.
Originally published as Eggnog Cookies with Buttercream Frosting in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2014, p45

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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