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Spiced Eggnog Rum Cookies

One year, when I had a lot of eggnog on hand, I created a new holiday cookie recipe. The flavor is subtle, but somehow it transforms regular sugar cookies into something special for the holidays. —Mark Banick, Turner, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup eggnog, divided
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons rum extract, divided
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Colored sugar or sprinkles


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg, 1/3 cup eggnog and 1 teaspoon extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, ginger and allspice; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half and shape each portion into a disk; cover and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/4-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place stars 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until edges begin to brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. For glaze, mix confectioners' sugar, remaining 3/4 teaspoon extract and enough remaining eggnog to achieve a drizzling consistency; drizzle over cookies. Decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 114 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • farnold
    Nov 20, 2019

    Made these cookies last year for our cookie exchange. Cookie was easy to make and the taste was so good! Making them this year for our annual cookie baking.

  • Butcher2boy
    Sep 30, 2019

    I saved the eggnog and froze it after last Christmas, for I planned on baking these cookies to see if I would want to put these in my cookie platters as gifts. The cookies weren't a hit with my taste tester friends. Not to say this isn't a great tasting cookie, it just didn't hit the wow factor for us.

  • sgronholz
    Dec 18, 2018

    I'm so glad I tried this recipe! It's very easy to prepare and everyone who's sampled the cookies think they're amazing!

  • Angie
    Dec 16, 2018

    These are my new favorite Christmas cookies. They are easy to make and absolutely delightful.