Chewy eggnog cookies are the perfect holiday cookie. Or any time of year really, but especially around the holidays! Their soft, chewy texture balances so well with the sweet eggnog glaze. Eggnog cookies aren't as common so make these to elevate your holiday cookie game!
This eggnog cookie recipe uses homemade eggnog in the batter and glaze. I used my light eggnog recipe, but any recipe (or store-bought eggnog) will do! I like to use mine because it's lower in fat and sugar than regular eggnog. While these cookies are good ol' cookies (aka they aren't "healthy"), I like to cut back on saturated fat and sugar when possible! Obviously there is sugar in the glaze but more on that below. Eggnog cookies are great this time of year because eggnog is such a festive beverage - why not have it in cookie form?! The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg coming from the oven will make your mouth water. Once cooled, they're drizzled with an eggnog glaze that adds the perfect sweetness! I actually like these cookies the day after I make them because the flavors combine together and the texture becomes chewier and just delicious.
Eggnog Glaze for Cookies
Eggnog glaze is super simple to make if you want to give your cookies an extra eggnog punch. Simply whisk powdered sugar, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Boom - you have eggnog glaze! This glaze can be used on any cookie (sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, snickerdoodles, the possibilities are endless). Using store-bought eggnog will produce a sweeter glaze because of the higher sugar content. You can also omit the glaze from these cookies if you're trying to cut back on sugar!
Ingredient Highlights - Chewy Eggnog Cookies
- Granulated + brown sugars - these are traditional cookies so using a combination of granulated and brown sugar is important! They add sweetness, texture, and contribute to the browning of the cookie.
- Butter - again, these are traditional cookies and traditional cookies and butter go hand-in-hand.
- Egg yolk - this adds texture (and some nutrients like vitamin D, B12, vitamin A, and folate!).
- Eggnog - you can use any eggnog but I highly recommend using this light eggnog recipe! If you use a different homemade eggnog recipe, the cookies may come out sliiiightly different!
- White whole wheat flour - I use white whole wheat flour the majority of the time because it contains extra nutrients compared to all-purpose but all-purpose flour will work fine!
- Spices - eggnog is notorious for being full of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, so I added a little extra to these cookies!
- Eggnog glaze - a typical powdered sugar glaze is a combination of powdered sugar and either milk or water. To give these eggnog cookies even more eggnog flavor, I used eggnog as the liquid in the glaze! Since there is dairy in the glaze, I recommend storing these cookies in the fridge.
Absolutely. You can freeze them with or without the glaze but I recommend freezing before you glaze them or freezing them in a single layer (don't stack)! If you stack them, the icing will stick to the bottom of the cookie on top of it as they thaw. You can also freeze the dough before baking!
Use a utensil like a fork, spoon, whisk, or small spatula and dip it in the glaze. Let the first big drop or two of glaze fall off back into the bowl and then quickly move the utensil back and forth over the cookies. Glaze will be splattered on to the cookies in a nice pattern!
Either will work! I love to use homemade (check out my recipe!) but homemade eggnog may slightly alter the cookies depending on what recipe you use. Store-bought eggnog will definitely work!
Other Recipes You May Like
- Light Eggnog Recipe
- Chewy Molasses Oatmeal Cookies
- Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
- Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
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Chewy Eggnog Cookies
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 16 cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert, Festive
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
For the cookies
- 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup (76g) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (64g) packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (135g) eggnog, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cup (195g) white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
For the eggnog glaze
- ¾ cup (210g) powdered sugar
- ¼ cup (50g) eggnog
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
For the cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cream butter and sugars until combined.
- Add egg yolk, vanilla, and eggnog. Stir until mixed.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl! The mixture will look a little chunky after mixing.
- In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
- Slowly combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop or Tablespoon, scoop ~2 Tbsp of dough and place ~2" apart on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown.
- Make the glaze while cookies cool.
For the glaze
- Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Using the whisk, drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
- Let glaze dry (~10 minutes) and enjoy!
- Store these cookies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
- I don't recommend storing them at room temp because of the dairy in the glaze!
- You can freeze the dough or cookies baked for up to 2 months.
- I recommend glazing them fresh! If you glaze them before freezing, be sure to keep them in a single layer. If you stack the glazed cookies and then freeze, the icing will stick to the bottom of the cookie on top of it when it thaws!
- These cookies are delicious without the glaze if it's too sweet for you!
- I find these cookies to be even more delicious the next day!
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 162
- Sugar: 17
- Sodium: 113
- Fat: 5
- Saturated Fat: 5
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 31
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eggnog cookies are genius. these taste just like eggnog and will be a great add to my holiday cookie lineup!
Yay Stacie! That's great. They're definitely not as common as other cookies but still so festive!