It is egg nog season and this treat is truly a favorite. From homemade egg nog to egg nog fudge and egg nog cookies you are sure to find plenty of amazing treats inspired by this creamy drink this time of year. I dare say it egg nog is becoming nearly as popular as pumpkin spice these days.
If you would like to make this treat for your holiday table, cookie exchange, or to give as gifts to your loved ones this season you will love this easy-to-make egg nog cookie recipe.
what are Eggnog Cookies:
Eggnog itself has a rich history, with its roots dating back to medieval Britain. Initially consumed as a warm, ale-based beverage, it later evolved into the creamy, spiced concoction we now associate with the holidays. Eggnog cookies are a delightful extension of this tradition, combining the nostalgic flavors of eggnog with the irresistible appeal of cookies.
What you need
Egg Nog Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
Egg Nog Icing
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup eggnog
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- A pinch of salt
How to make egg nog cookies
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggnog, vanilla extract, and egg yolks to the mixture, beating well to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms.
Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the dough to firm up.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Decorating your egg nog cookies
These cookies are topped with a simple egg nog icing and sprinkled with a little cinnamon and nutmeg to pull together the flavor.
In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until it’s creamy and smooth.
Gradually add the powdered sugar to the butter, beating continuously to ensure it combines well.
Pour in the eggnog and continue to beat the mixture. The eggnog adds a rich, creamy consistency and imparts the signature flavor to the icing.Add the vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. The vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor, while nutmeg provides that classic eggnog spice. The pinch of salt balances the sweetness.
Beat the ingredients together until the icing is smooth and has a spreadable consistency. If it’s too thick, you can add a bit more eggnog, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach the desired texture.
If the icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar gradually until it thickens to your liking.
Once you’ve achieved the perfect consistency, spread or drizzle the eggnog icing onto your cooled cookies, cakes, or other baked goods.
For an extra festive touch, you can sprinkle a dash of ground nutmeg on top of the icing or add some festive sprinkles.
Allow the icing to set before serving or storing your baked goods. This ensures a clean and polished appearance.
The Taste of the Holidays:
Eggnog cookies boast a perfect balance of buttery richness, warm spices, and the unmistakable flavor of eggnog. Each bite is a delightful dance of textures – crisp edges giving way to a soft, chewy center. These cookies are not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the senses, as the aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon wafts through the kitchen while they bake.
Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the festive charm of eggnog cookies. Whether shared with loved ones or savored in quiet moments of reflection, these delightful treats are sure to become a cherished part of your holiday traditions. So, gather your ingredients, preheat the oven, and let the sweet aroma of the season fill your home with joy and warmth. Happy baking!