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Easy Glazed Eggnog Cookies are soft, chewy and topped with a light eggnog glaze for even more flavor. The perfect cookie recipe for the holiday season!

eggnog cookies with eggnog glaze on a red plate.

My family is absolutely crazy about eggnog. The kids just can’t get enough of the stuff, and whenever they spy the first cartons in the stores, they always beg me to buy at least one right then.

We like to get creative with eggnog recipes. We’ve been making easy eggnog pie forever, and it’s one of our favorite holiday desserts. We’ve also made eggnog French toast and eggnog pancakes and eggnog dip.

But today, we’re talking about these easy glazed eggnog cookies. By the way, this is a great recipe for using up leftover eggnog!

Seriously, these pillowy little treats are soft, chewy and literally melt in your mouth. These delicious eggnog cookies are crowned with a slightly sweet eggnog glaze for all the flavors of eggnog in cookie form!

flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, vanilla, eggnog, brown sugar, sugar, spices and powdered sugar.


You need a few simple ingredients for these easy Christmas cookies. They should be easy to find in your grocery store. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card in the bottom of the post.

  • Flour — all purpose flour
  • Baking powder — to help the cookies rise
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon — for warm flavor
  • Ground nutmeg — enhances the eggnog flavor
  • White sugar — granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter — salted butter or unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract — for flavor. You can sub rum extract if you like.
  • Eggnog — I use regular traditional eggnog. Homemade eggnog may not produce the same results as it varies in thickness and flavor.

How to make Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Glaze

First, preheat your oven and line baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Then, mix your dry ingredients in a small bowl. Next, cream together some butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl.

pour flour in mixing bowl.

Use an electric mixer or hand mixer to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Alternately, you can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.

mix cookie dough with electric mixer.

Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to drop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets.

scoop cookie dough onto cookie sheets.

Baking Time

The cookies take about 10 to 12 minutes to bake, and they’ll be firm around the edges when they’re done.

drizzle eggnog glaze over cookies.

After they’ve cooled off, you can top them with a simple eggnog glaze. The glaze really brings out the flavor, and it’s so easy to make. Definitely don’t skip this part!

I added a pinch of nutmeg over the glaze for a little extra color and flavor. You can also add some seasonal candy sprinkles to these holiday cookies if you want.

How to Store

Store the cookies in an airtight container. They stay fresh for 3-5 days. You can make the cookies ahead of time and freeze plain cookies for up to 3 months for best flavor. Add the glaze to thawed cookies when you are ready to serve them.

soft and chewy eggnog cookies on the table.

Helpful Tips

The cookie dough is sticky, which is normal. You can smooth the tops of the cookies after dropping the dough on the cookie sheet to make them nice and even if you like.

All ovens are different and baking times may vary. The cookies are done when the tops look dry and edges are firm. If they start to brown, they are definitely done!

Allow the glaze to dry completely before storing.

5 from 5 votes

Easy Glazed Eggnog Cookies

By: Dee
Easy Glazed Eggnog Cookies are soft, chewy and topped with a light eggnog glaze for even more flavor. The perfect cookie recipe for the holiday season!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies


For the Cookies

  • 2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup eggnog
  • 2 large eggs

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons eggnog
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Eggnog Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir the flour, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder together, and set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, vanilla and sugars together with an electric mixer until fairly smooth
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time
  • Add the eggnog, and mix until combined
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and mix well until fully combined
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfulls onto an ungreased foil-lined baking sheet 
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm and tops are dry
  • remove from oven, allow to cool completely, then top with eggnog glaze

Eggnog Glaze

  • In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, nutmeg and eggnog until well combined. Use to glaze cookies



Cookies are done when edges are firm and tops no longer look wet.
Store in a tightly covered container. Flavor is even better the longer the cookies sit.


Calories: 117kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 43mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 145IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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These easy glazed eggnog cookies are perfect for the holidays and always popular at cookie exchanges. Enjoy a few on their own or with a tall glass of eggnog for the ultimate holiday treat — yum!

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Recipe published in 2016 and updated in 2023.

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  1. Sheila says:

    What great flavor! Soft and I loved the eggnog and nutmeg flavor! These were gone in a flash!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you for the great review — glad you liked he cookies!

  2. Rosa says:

    Just made these cookies today and the y were soft, chewy, and delicious! They were so easy to make with my leftover eggnog. Thanks for the recipe (:5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked the cookies! Thanks, Rosa!