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With the holidays coming around, now is the perfect time to find a unique cookie recipe to enjoy with your friends and family. Yes, traditional chocolate chip cookies are delicious, but why not switch things up and try a creamy-tasting eggnog cookie? This cookie combines traditional holiday spices with a soft and gooey cookie.
This simple eggnog cookie recipe is sweet, soft, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. You will want to wrap these cookies up and put them under the Christmas tree! My recipe includes a sugar coating and an easy eggnog icing recipe to top off your soft cookies for a divine treat.
Add Some Rum
There is a tablespoon of rum in the icing, but don’t worry! These cookies are kid-friendly and kid-approved! The rum will add a depth of flavor to the icing the whole family will love. Of course, brandy will be absolutely delicious if you don’t have rum. However, if you don’t want to add the alcohol or want to save it for some boozy Christmas beverages, you can also use rum extract. Just one teaspoon is enough.
Tips for the Perfect Holiday Eggnog Cookies
Here are some tips for Christmas cookie perfection:
- Be sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature. The butter should be soft but not melty. If you’re in a pinch, microwave the butter for about 10 seconds. Check after 5 seconds because microwaves vary, and you don’t want melted butter! Take out your eggs a few hours ahead of time to make the perfect cookies. If they are too cold, they won’t blend as well into this creamy, dreamy batter. No one wants a lumpy cookie!
- If you decide to use my flavored sugar, after you form the cookie dough into a ball, use your hand or the bottom of a cup to gently press the top of the cookie to flatten. Don’t flatten them too much. They should still resemble a ball when you place them in the oven.
- If you ice your dough before baking, keep it round and avoid flattening it.
- When frosting your cookies, completely cool them beforehand. As tempting as it will be, the cookies are very hot when they leave the oven and will melt the icing. But trust me, it is worth the wait!
- Patience is key! After you frost the cookies, let them settle for a few hours before eating.
How Sweet are Eggnog Cookies?
These cookies are pretty sweet but are perfectly balanced with some nutmeg. You can choose to do either the flavored sugar or the icing if you want a less sweet cookie. I recommend decorating your eggnog cookies with both for a fusion of textures and extra nutmeg flavor, but you can also skip the icing if you want something less sweet!
How To Store your Delicious Eggnog Cookies?
If you and your loved ones don’t eat them all in one sitting, you can store your cookies in an airtight container and pop them in the fridge. The cookies will stay tasty for about four days before they start deteriorating in quality. But I doubt they will last that long! So after you pull them out of the fridge, please bring them to room temperature before serving. If you want to make these eggnog cookies ahead of time, they can also be stored in the freezer. Just freeze the cookies and frosting separately. After the cookies have been thawed, you can frost them before serving.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the sugar and butter until smooth and light in color with a hand mixer or standing mixer with the paddle attachment.
Add the eggs, followed by the rum and vanilla mix well.
Mix and sift the flour with the cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in another small bowl.
Add to the creamed butter and mix until the dough comes together; scrap the sides a couple of times.
Using either a small ice cream scope or your hands, make small balls of about 35 grams each. Roll into the sugar glaze and place in the baking sheets lined with either a silicon mat or slightly sprayed. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes, until a slightly caramel color from the bottom and the center is cooked.
Let it cool completely before icing.
Hold the cookie upside down and skinny dip (haha) into the icing until covered. Place your cookies on a cooling rack until it is settled, about 2 hours!
Enjoy eating a cookie and sharing a cookie with your family and friends!
|3 ½ cups all-purpose flour|
|1 ½ teaspoon cream of tartar|
|1 teaspoon baking soda|
|1 cup 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature|
|1 ½ cup granulated sugar|
|2 tablespoons rum|
|2 teaspoons nutmeg|
|1 large egg (plus two egg yolks at room temperature)|
|1 tablespoon vanilla|
|¼ cup sugar mixed with ½ tablespoon nutmeg|
|Icing (mix all the ingredients until silky, no clumps)|
|2 cups powdered sugar|
|1 stick butter (soft but not melted)|
|1 teaspoon nutmeg|
|1 tablespoon rum|
|4 tablespoons eggnog|
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