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Holiday Eggnog Snickerdoodles Recipe

Holiday Eggnog Snickerdoodles Recipe

Eggnog flavor is infused into the cookie and the glaze with this yummy recipe, perfect for the Christmas season.—Bonnie Massimino, Brookeville, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:92 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated French vanilla nondairy creamer
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 teaspoons refrigerated French vanilla nondairy creamer


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. In a small bowl, mix milk and creamer. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. In a small bowl, mix nutmeg and remaining sugar. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in nutmeg mixture. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with bottom of a glass.
  • 3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For icing, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough creamer to reach desired consistency. Pipe snowflake designs on cookies as desired. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.

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fnstlug User ID: 3658849 258298
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

"Loved these! I replaced the shortening with butter and lowered the baking temp. They came out just like I hoped they would! Still nice and fluffy, but not too dry. Definitely need to keep them in a sealed container though..."

[email protected] User ID: 299445 217721
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"The cookie turned out rather dry. When I tried flattening them out more then they turned too hard and just weren't very tasty even with a glass of milk."

Kmcl User ID: 4202589 216061
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"I made this as per the recipe and found them to be very bland and dry."

[email protected] User ID: 1721316 215509
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I will try them again, but next time i will add cream of tater & eggnog to give it some bite. Also for the outside some more nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon."

Davena User ID: 6613215 215106
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014 Edited Dec. 23, 2014

"I think I would put some nutmeg into the batter itself if I made these again. I replaced the milk and creamer with eggnog but I still thought they needed a bit more spice! Update: the flavor of these does improve after sitting for a few days! I liked them better without icing."

bevbailey User ID: 1830712 214172
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"I think I'd just use eggnog instead of the creamer..."

ggreenok User ID: 7739034 214017
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014 Edited Dec. 5, 2014

"Oh my yumminess. I did make a few changes. Since eggnog is in the title, I thought I needed it. Not wanting to waste it, I did substitute it for the evaporated milk. Since they are snickerdoodles, I added a teaspoon of cream of tartar. Like another reviewer, I didn't have rum extract, so I substituted rum. I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the nutmeg and sugar mixture. Will definitely make these again."

doylescott User ID: 7230721 213976
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"oh so very very good. thanks a lot for this rec."

slmerk User ID: 7826999 213938
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"Where is the eggnog? These are vanilla coffee creamer cookies not eggnog cookies, strange."

grandmabear1957 User ID: 7779253 213918
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"These cookies are great my. Family really in joys them during the holidays."

[email protected] User ID: 6921920 213904
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"I made these last Christmas season and they are AWESOME!!!"

MaryThompson User ID: 831135 170052
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Very good cookies - Honestly, I prefer regular snickerdoodles."

va2bagain User ID: 7167215 99446
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"I loved these and got rave reviews from people. Most really liked the snowflake icing on top. :) Would definitely do these again."

grandmaof09 User ID: 2615395 209495
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Delicious! I did substitute prepared egg nog for the creamer and it turned out beautifully!"

sadiecb1 User ID: 2043418 174972
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"My family loved this one at Christmas time and there wasn't any leftover"

Mrsfennig User ID: 5527746 80996
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I made these last year for Christmas with about a dozen other varieties, several people mentioned they really liked these the best. My husband also requested they be added to this years list again! Very good."

Bakingtown User ID: 6333405 83727
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Very nice flavor! Great for the Christmas cookie list!"

Sunny1978 User ID: 3946676 99439
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Didnt blow me away. It took longer than I expected to make and didn't wow me in taste, texture, or appearance."

Mrsfennig User ID: 5527746 174971
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Great Holiday cookie. Everyone Loved and were my husbands favorite of all the holiday cookies I made. I didn't have any rum extract on hand but I did have RUM so I used that instead, as well as rum cream."

dellydo User ID: 3567578 139783
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"I used vanilla extract instead of rum and 1 c store bought eggnog instead of the evaporated milk and creamer. I haven't iced them yet but will use the eggnog for that too. Yummy!"

kimmik22 User ID: 5478187 99438
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"OMG! Variation...instead of using the nondairy creamer for the icing...I used store bought eggnog to give it that extra oomph!"

strikerboys21 User ID: 1711806 174969
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Love this recipe. I took them to my husband's work at the Firestation, and now they are the most requested cookie that I get!"

cabinfever4 User ID: 1159536 174967
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"This was an excellent cookie for Christmas and a great twist on the traditional Snickerdoodle cookie. I grew up with my Grandmother making the traditional Snickerdoodle, but this recipe is quickly becoming my favorite. The nutmeg is great in this cookie."

ncobrien User ID: 4157060 170869
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"I followed this recipe exactly, and they are absolutely DELICIOUS !! Mine aren't quite as perfectly round as the ones in the picture, but I like the way mine came out better :) They're kind of like ginger crackles in appearance and texture. The flavour isn't overpowering... and the icing adds a bit of sweetness, which makes these cookies a DELICIOUS addition to your Christmas cookie favourites!! WONDERFUL cookies, will be making them next Christmas for sure !!

Be prepared to be at them a while... they are labour intensive, but WELL worth the work :)"

Firefly_834 User ID: 2510027 172318
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"easy to make and very tasty. They're nice and crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. These were a HUGE hit at a recent community event (very glad the recipe makes so many). Lots of people were asking for the recipe. Will most definitely make them again and again."

13313MCM User ID: 202157 155240
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2008 Edited Dec. 4, 2014

"This was great. We loved making them and it was yummy!"

Orisleuth_MN User ID: 26217 158773
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2007 Edited Dec. 4, 2014

"I saw this recipe in my magazine and am anxious to try it. Thanks for the extra hint Mikkelson!"

vky User ID: 567891 170849
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2007 Edited Dec. 4, 2014

"Would this recipe work if I used commercial egg nog instead of rum flavor and creamer and evap milk?"

Mikkelson 5 User ID: 2037250 155239
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2007

"Great Recipe! Would recommend refrigerating the dough before baking. The dough is sticky after all ingredients are combined."

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