Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Soft and moist Eggnog Sugar Cookies with fluffy eggnog frosting!  

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Are you recovering from Thanksgiving yet or are you still in a turkey coma?? Sidebar: turkey coma = a real thing. I won’t get into the details of how tryptophan induces said “coma” (nerd alert!) but trust me, it’s a thing. Personally, my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is actually the side dishes, not the turkey so I usually end up in a sweet potato casserole coma. Or cheeseball coma. Or mashed potatoes and gravy coma.

Oh those are comas I don’t mind one little bit.

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Now that turkey day is officially behind us though (ohhh it pains me to say that) I’m in full-blown cookie baking mode. I like cookies any time of year, (um, understatement of the century) but it’s just a fact of life that Christmas time puts me in the mood for every variation of cookie imaginable.


Now eggnog…. how do you feel about it? It seems to be a love or hate thing. Or in my case, it’s a little more complicated. I actually believed that I hated eggnog for the past 15 years, ever since my childhood across-the-street neighbors gave me spiked eggnog. And by spiked, I mean mixed with Sprite soda. It was terrible. Absolutely terrible. Bur I’ve recently became re-acquainted with eggnog and now I’m seeing it in a whole new, totally delicious light. Eggnog cupcakes started this party and I’m now inviting some eggnog sugar cookies. It’s BYOF.

Bring your own frosting 😉

Eggnog Sugar Cookies
Speaking of frosting. YUMMMMMMM! This eggnog frosting is cuh-ray-zee good. It’s fluffy and creamy with a hint of cream cheese. Mmmmm. Ah I love it. Eggnog fans, you’re gonna go nuts for these easy sugar eggnog sugar cookies. And if by chance you’re on the fence about eggnog, you will be a die-hard lover after trying one bite of these cookies.

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

What people are saying about these Eggnog Sugar Cookies

“Hello 🙂 I tried this recipe tonight… and OMG!!! THEY ARE SO GOOD! IT’S INCREDIBLE!! I really love them, and how about the frosting? Wow, simply amazing! My family like them too, yay!” – Marilyn

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Soft and moist eggnog sugar cookies with fluffy eggnog frosting!
Course Dessert
Keyword eggnog, sugar cookie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30
Author Tiffany


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons eggnog


  • Preheat oven to 350 and very lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, cream butter for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Add vegetable oil, 1 1/2 cups sugar, powdered sugar, eggnog, and eggs and mix well.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg, and salt. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until dough comes together.
  • Roll 1/4 cup dough into a ball. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll ball in the sugar to coat. Place ball on prepared baking sheet. Use the bottom of a tall glass or cup to flatten the dough ball to about 1/2 inch thickness. (The sides of the dough should squish out around the bottom of the glass) Repeat process with remaining dough.
  • Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes until cookies look "dry" but are still pale in color. Allow to cool 3-4 minutes on the baking sheet. Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool completely.
  • To prepare the frosting, cream together butter and cream cheese until fluffy (1-2 minutes). Add powdered sugar and mix until very thick. Add eggnog and mix until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cookies. Store in airtight container. (See note)


* Because this frosting will stay soft, I recommend waiting to frost the cookies until shortly before serving. Keep cookies and frosting stored in separate containers in the meantime! This way you don't have to worry about stacking the sugar cookies in a container when they are frosted.


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Those look awesome! I’m a huge fan of eggnog, so I’d be all over these cookies 🙂

Oh, my, do these cookies look amazing! I love eggnog cookies. They look so soft and chewy. A must try on my new Christmas cookie list! Thanks, Tiffany!

These look so pillowy, soft, and perfect! Pinned 🙂

Love sugar cookies! These eggnog ones are now on my holiday baking list – they look incredibly delicious!

My husband would die over these! He’s obsessed with eggnog. I’m not crazy about eggnog myself, but I do like baked things containing eggnog. I can’t wait to try these!

I’m so impressed with how perfect your cookies look!! The frosting is too perfect, and they sound so delicious! Pinned.

Hi…I’m guessing that the cookies and frosting need to be kept in the refrigerator

    Yes! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. 🙂

Do you really use 1/4 c of dough per cookie? And the recipe makes 30 cookies?

Hello 🙂 I tried this recipe tonight… and OMG!!! THEY ARE SO GOOD! IT’S INCREDIBLE!!
I really love them, and how about the frosting? Wow, simply amazing!
My family like them too, yay ^^

I had problems with the dough because i don’t have a big mixer, so i had to finish to put the flour mixture with my hands, so the dough was not a big dough you know, all together, they fall appart a little bit. And for the cookies, i put the dough into a 1/4 cup, and i couldn’t really roll them in my hands, so i had to take the shape of a 1/4 cup and then, try to flat them; it was not easy, they are big cookies but they are so tasty, i love them!

Sorry if you don’t understand well, english isn’t my first langage :O
Btw, i really love your blog, your recipes are so easy to understand and i want to make them all, haha!
Keep moving forward ^_^

Hi Just wondering if these can be frozen?

My dough did not spread at all really. Any suggestions for fixing this? I followed the recipe exactly.

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