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Eggnog Shortbread Cookies

These Eggnog Shortbread Cookies are a fantastic holiday bite! A little eggnog icing and an easy spiced shortbread cookie make for a killer Christmas cookie that you’ll want to make every year.
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Author: Michelle Ferrand
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Scottish
Keyword: christmas, cookie swap party, holiday
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Makes: 40 cookies



  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 7 teaspoons eggnog liqueur or non-alcoholic eggnog
  • luster dust or sprinkles optional


To make the cookies

  • Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until it just becomes light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Add flour, nutmeg and cinnamon. On low speed, beat until the dough just starts to come together, about 3 minutes.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press together to form a log. Divide the dough in half and form each piece of dough into a 6-inch log. Wrap in parchment paper and chill for at least 2 hours, up to two days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Slice each log into ¼ to ¾ inch slices and evenly space on the baking sheets. You should have about 40 cookies.
  • Bake until the bottom edges of the cookies just start to brown, 14-16 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely before icing.

To make the icing

  • Whisk the powdered sugar and eggnog liqueur together until smooth. If needed add additional liqueur or powdered sugar to get a consitency that is thick enough to ice the cookie with.
  • Evenly spread the icing on the cookies, about ½ teaspoon per cookie, and if you want, add luster dust or other sprinkles and enjoy!
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  • If you are planning on packing these cookies up, make sure the icing is fully set before doing so.

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Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg