Eggnog Thumbprints Recipe
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Eggnog Thumbprints Recipe

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These cute cookie bites always get a recipe request. They make special holiday gifts and freeze well, too.— Mary Ann Ludwig, Edwardsville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 82 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Place walnuts in a separate shallow bowl. Dip balls in egg whites; roll in walnuts.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in center of each with your thumb. Bake 10-12 minutes or until center is set. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat butter and extract until creamy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough milk to reach spreading consistency. If desired, beat in food coloring. Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon filling. Sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Eggnog Thumbprints in Taste of Home

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Very, very delicious, but a lot of work for 28 cookies. I would say 1 inch balls were too large! Try smaller balls. I also had to use additional nuts. And I doubled the rum extract in the frosting."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"One little thing from the original recipe, this one FORGOT to sprinkle nutmeg on top to give it the "rum plus nutmeg" eggnog taste, after piping the filling. I've been making these for years and it is one of my friends' and family's favorite cookie."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"My boss brought us some of these the nuts and frosting was a great combo but sweet."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Maybe I did something wrong, but I made a batch & a half, and still didn't get 4 dozen cookies out of this recipe. I needed more nuts, too. The cookies were very yummy, though!"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I love the flavor of eggnog. So this cookie is my favorite and I intend to make it for the cookie exchange with friends this year. It will take top honors as the best at the party."

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