Soft and Chewy Eggnog Cookies

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These Eggnog Cookies are insanely soft and chewy. You have to make them! Even if you don’t like eggnog, you will fall in love with these cookies.

Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday flavors! I love them all, but as soon as eggnog hits the stores we start drinking it. I’m always stocking up on it so we don’t run out.

So naturally, when I decided to make an eggnog cookie it needed to not just have eggnog in it, but it needed to really taste like eggnog. And these cookies fit the bill! They are perfectly soft, chewy and eggnog flavored!

They are a lot like eating a sugar cookie, but with eggnog and some spices. Plus, the eggnog makes them even more chewy and soft! The edges are only slightly crunchy and they just stay soft. For days. Seriously awesome. And did I mention that they’re eggnog-y?

There’s also an optional eggnog icing you can use on the cookies. The one included with the recipe works great for drizzling over the cookies, but you could also frost the whole cookie with this eggnog icing.

Overhead view of Eggnog Cookies and glasses of eggnog on a white marble table top

How to make Soft and Chewy Eggnog Cookies

Making these cookies is SUPER simple! Just a few steps and a little time and you’re well on your way to your new favorite holiday cookie!

The first step in these cookies is to cream the butter and sugar together. It adds air to the mixture that helps give the cookies rise.

Next, you’ll add the egg and vanilla extract, then the eggnog. I would recommend sticking with a store bought eggnog (I use this one). I tried these out with a homemade eggnog and they didn’t bake as well. Each batch looked different than the previous one and just gave inconsistent results.

Finally, add the dry ingredients. Included in those are flour, baking soda and spices. There’s a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. While it may seem weird to include the ginger, it really does add great flavor.

Roll the cookie dough into two tablespoon sized balls, roll them in some sugar and bake them! When they’re done, you can drizzle them with some eggnog icing, if you like.

The final cookies are amazing! Soft, chewy and SO full of flavor – not to mention easy to make!

Five Eggnog Cookies stacked with the top cookie missing a bite
Eggnog Cookies topped with frosting and two glasses of eggnog in the background

Tips for the Best Eggnog Cookies

  • These cookies bake best with a store bought eggnog. With a homemade eggnog, they bake a little unpredictably.
  • Be sure to measure your flour accurately. Adding too much or too little can greatly affect how your cookies spread.
  • Your cookies can also be affected by the size of cookie dough ball you make. A larger ball will produce a cookie that spreads more. A smaller one will spread less. I’d recommend following the two tablespoons in the recipe for cookies that look like the ones in the photos.
  • These cookies puff up as they bake, but fall and get a little crackly on top as they cool, making them super soft and chewy.
  • This cookie dough doesn’t need to be refrigerated. If you decide to refrigerate it, you’ll want to bring it room temperature before baking so that they cookies spread properly.
Six Eggnog Cookies stacked with the top cookie missing a bite.

More Great Eggnog-Filled Recipes:

Eggnog Cheesecake
Eggnog Cupcakes
Eggnog Crumb Cake
Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake
Gingerbread Cookies with Eggnog Icing
Eggnog Layer Cake
Eggnog Macarons

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Five Eggnog Cookies stacked with the top cookie missing a bite

Eggnog Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 56 minutes
  • Yield: About 20 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Eggnog Cookies are insanely soft and chewy. You have to make them! Even if you don’t like eggnog, you will fall in love with these cookies.


Eggnog Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups (168g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) eggnog
  • 34 tbsp sugar (additional, for rolling)

Eggnog Icing, optional

  • 1 cup (115g) powdered sugar
  • 23 tbsp eggnog
  • Pinch of nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy. You should be able to see the change in color happen and know it’s ready.
4. Add the egg and vanilla extract mix until well combined.
5. Add the eggnog and mix until well combined.
6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined. It will be  a little sticky, but should still be workable. Do not over mix.
7. Create 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into a ball, then roll each ball in the additional sugar to coat. Set the balls on the baking sheet.
8. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes. The cookies will spread and the centers will look soft, but should look done. Remove just as the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t over bake. The cookies will be a little puffy when you take them out of the oven but will fall a bit as they cool.
9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
10. If using the icing, combine the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of eggnog and nutmeg in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add additional eggnog, as needed.
11. Drizzle the icing over the cookies and allow to dry. The icing will firm up and no longer be sticky, but won’t be as hard as something like royal icing.
12. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies should stay soft and chewy for 3-4 days.


If you’d like to fully frost the cookies (instead of just drizzling the icing on them), I recommend this eggnog icing. It’s a little more substantial for covering a full cookie and dries with a nice look and texture.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Sodium: 98.7 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 29.5 mg


Recipe modified from Up in Cumming Magazine.


About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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