Iced Eggnog Cookies

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So, I don’t know if you noticed, but, there are some big changes around here!

By here, I mean this here blog. I have a new design (duh!), a little space for some ads (so I can fund some more giveaways and fun things!), I’ve updated my links page with some of my favorite reads and inspirations, I’m also working on a recipe index and a new about page! Yay! All this change has been a long time coming, I’m an indecisive gal, so there have been many tweaks and changes along the way and more than a few complete do-overs. Luckily, I have a really understanding and patient web/tech guy–my husband, Sean. By day he’s an engineer, by night he dabbles in web design (not only did he do this page, he also did this one). What a guy.

Instead of paying him in dolla-bills, I pay him in undying affection and an endless supply of sweet treats. Sometimes it’s a spin on a favorite, sometimes I force him to try something he claims to dislike…only to win him over in the end (usually).

Lately, these treats have been holiday-centric, like this coffee cake, and these Iced Eggnog Cookies. Though, neither Sean nor I enjoy really drinking eggnog,–it’s a consistency thing–we both really love it in baked goods. It easily replaces the milk in many a recipe and brings it’s nutmeg-y richness to the party. These cookies are soft, cakey, and get a double hit of nog in both the cookie batter and the glaze. I also added some fresh nutmeg for additional spice and holiday cheer.

P.S. If you notice any quirks or difficulties with navigating this new site, definitely let me know so we can fix it.

Iced Eggnog Cookies

adapted from Orangette 

I made these cookies for the first time years ago for my first-ever blog post. Lots of things have changed around here since then, I’m much less woe-is-me and I’ve worked on honing those baking and camera skills, but these cookies–in any form–remain a favorite. 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or ground)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup dairy eggnog, well shaken

for the glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

pinch of salt

1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (or ground)

2 tablespoons eggnog

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment, set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with electric beaters, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, beat to combine and scrape bowl well. Add vanilla, beat to combine. Mix in flour and eggnog alternately, beginning and ending with flour, until just combined. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

Drop tablespoons of dough on cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart-cookies will flatten slightly while baking, but still be domed. Bake sheets 1 at a time until cookies are puffed and slightly golden around the edges (9-12 minutes). Cool the cookies on sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

To make the glaze: Whisk together all of the ingredients until combined. Add more confectioner’s sugar or eggnog to acheive the consistency you like. Spoon glaze over slightly warm cookies. Allow to set on wire rack until cool and glaze hardens slightly.

Cookies are best the day they are made when they are tender and cakey. They do keep well in an airtight container for a few days, but will be slightly chewier and less tender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Yeah! I’ve been looking for a yummy cookie recipe for a holiday party tomorrow. This will be perfect :)

  2. Love the redesign. But you know that already. :)

    I also love to see the contrast in how these cookies look via your first post until now! Way to be! You’ve got skills.

    I’m also inspired to use egg nog in baked goods, so thanks!

    • ha, oh man…I’ve come a long way since that day in 2008 for sure! I’m glad I can inspire you to make stuff with eggnog and not even drink it! Thanks pal!

  3. Hi Cindy! These cookies sound yummy! Aaron and the kids LOVE eggnog so I’m defiantly going to try this recipe. How many dozens does this recipe make about?

  4. Years ago I bought eggnog cookies from a young girl who was having a bake sale. They were the best cookies I had ever eaten. I have yet to find an eggnog cookie recipe. I’m going to definitely make these! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow. What a talented hubby and great collaboration between you! I know it’s not easy, blog looks beautiful! I love it. And your photos and recipes, making me well up! how amazing you are! Ok, hungry now…

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  8. Love how these look! I am making these as Christmas gifts this year for the people I work with. I was just wondering…does the eggnog have to be dairy, or can it be a soy eggnog?

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  14. I have just found your site through the blog How Sweet It Is and I love it. I’m printing your recipe now for iced eggnog cookies which sound delist. One of my daughters-in-law loves eggnog so I’ve got to make these for her. Love your blog and the layout

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  18. Hello Miss Cindy!

    First, congratulations to you guys! Very exciting! Second, I was just curious if you’ve come across a good crepe recipe. I’ve never made them but on my honeymoon I had Nutella Banana Crepes and I can’t stop thinking about them. I even have a crepe pan coming for my birthday. I checked your index but didn’t see a recipe (unless I missed it).

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