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Eggnog Sugar Cookies

These easy Eggnog Sugar Cookies are soft and chewy cookies flavored with nutmeg and topped with a creamy eggnog buttercream. Perfect for Christmas!

eggnog sugar cookies leaning on one another on a piece of parchment paper

Looking for more Christmas cookies? Try my Snowball Cookies or these Frosted Sugar Cookies! I also love this classic Soft Sugar Cookie recipe.

Chewy Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Frosting

Oh, have you heard that I love eggnog? I posted a could recipes before the end of November because I really just couldn’t wait to share them with you. Be sure to check out my Eggnog Cream Pie Parfaits and my Ultimate Eggnog Poke Cake. Turns out, I am not done with eggnog yet!

These Eggnog Sugar Cookies are down right perfect. The minute you sink your teeth in for the first bite, you won’t be able to stop. Be sure to check out my other recipe from cookie week: Orange Cranberry Almond Bark.

eggnog sugar cookies lined on parchment paper

How I Developed this Christmas COokie REcipe

My boyfriend’s family has this incredible snickerdoodle recipe that is soft and pillowy (it’s a word). It really makes for the perfect cookie. For this cookie, I omitted the cinnamon and sugar, and flavored it with nutmeg for a bit of spice.

Every sugar cookie needs a frosting .This frosting is an eggnog buttercream. Besides the basic butter and powdered sugar, I added more nutmeg and eggnog right into the frosting.

closeup of eggnog sugar cookies on parchment paper

How to Store These Cookies

If you are planning to serve these cookies the next day, feel free to leave them out on the counter for awhile. The frosting will get slightly crust on top, allowing you to stack them easier. However, don’t stack too high or you will crush the frosting.

stacks of eggnog sugar cookies on parchment paper

Do You Have to Chill the Cookie Dough?

For this recipe, it can make enough cookies to serve a crowd, or it can easily be halved. The original recipe calls for the dough to be refrigerated for an hour, I find that the cookies tend not to spread as much if I refrigerated the dough. However, I am too impatient, so often times, I will let it sit in the fridge for only 30 minutes or so and keep it refrigerated between batches.

Did I mention these cookies were perfect? This Eggnog sugar cookie might just end up replacing your favorite sugar cookie.

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closeup of eggnog sugar cookies on parchment paper

Soft & Chewy Eggnog Sugar Cookies

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These easy eggnog sugar cookies are a soft-based sugar cookie flavored with nutmeg and topped with a creamy eggnog buttercream.


  • 1 C (2 sticks) Unsalted butter
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 C Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • For the frosting
  • 1 C Unsalted butter
  • 4 C Powdered sugar
  • 34 tbsp Eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Nutmeg to sprinkle


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine butter with sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Mix into butter and sugar until eggs are well beaten.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and nutmeg. Slowly add into batter and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  5. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  6. Use a two-table spoon cookie scoop and space evenly on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes in the middle rack of your oven.

For the Frosting

  1. Allow butter to come to room temperature. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and slowly increase speed from low to medium. As the frosting becomes thicker, slowly add eggnog and slowly increase speed to medium high; beat for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Spread over cooled cookie and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Mini Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Bites from Grandbaby Cakes

Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies from I Am Baker

Eggnog Cupcakes from Life Love and Sugar

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Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Buttercream

Eggnog Cream Pie Parfaits

Ultimate Eggnog Poke Cake

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18 thoughts on “Eggnog Sugar Cookies”

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I am in love with these puffy cookies!!! Of course eggnog anything gets my vote right now!!!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner

    I am absolutely loving adding eggnog to everything right now! These cookies definitely look pillowy and I love that eggnog frosting on top!

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    heather @french press

    I LOVE the idea of eggnog, but drinking it is a different story – NOT enjoyable, BUT I could certainly eat it in these cookies 🙂

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    These look so inviting with that beautiful frosting – I’m always a sucker for frosted cookies!

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    Erin {Delightful E Made}

    Wow – these cookie look absolutely delicious! The perfect treat to be left for Santa!! 😉

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    What another great use for eggnog! These look incredible, noI mean it, INCREDIBLE! I need some.

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    Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat.

    Even though I’m not a huge fan of eggnog, I’m gonna HAVE to try these cookies. They look and sound amazing!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    I’m in love with these. I adore cookies that sink into your teeth like you describe. So fantastic!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    These ARE the perfect holiday cookie!!! love that you are still giving us delicious eggnog sweet treats. . this creamy eggnog buttercream . . oh my gawd, I die. These cookies look so good!! and I have to say, looks like you guys had so much fun in Iowa (beyond the pressure of competing and being filmed!) how cool was it to pick out props and style your cake?!! so cool!!! When do you guys find out who wins?

  10. Using the word pillowy for a cookie is really one of my favorite things to hear, Julianne! These look amazing. So soft! And with frosting!