Here is a recipe for easy Eggnog Cookies made with boxed cake mix and a few other ingredients! They’re easy to make and are the perfect Christmas cookie.
Eggnog Cake Mix Cookies
We love making cake mix cookies and jazzing them up for the holiday season. Adding eggnog feels like it makes everything perfect for the Christmas holiday.
You can jazz up this eggnog cookie recipe with your favorite holiday spices, eggnog-flavored frosting, or a bit of powdered sugar over the top of them.
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This is a quick overview of the simple ingredients that you'll need to make Eggnog Cookies! Specific measurements and step by step instructions are included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- White Cake Mix
- Unsalted Butter
- Eggnog (homemade or store bought)
- Vanilla Extract
Optional - Sprinkle tops of cookies with ground cinnamon
One of the best things about making eggnog cookies with a cake mix is not having to measure out all of the dry ingredients. The all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and other ingredients are already measured out saving you time during the busy holiday season.
We like to top our cookies with an eggnog glaze made with eggnog, butter, and powdered sugar.
You can add in a teaspoon ground nutmeg or rum extract if you want to add extra flavor.
Whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons eggnog until you reach the desired consistency.
- Measuring Cup/Teaspoons/Tablespoons
- Wooden Spoon/Spatula
- Large Bowl: We are big fans of this glass batter bowl with a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keeps the mixing bowl steady on the counter.
- Medium Cookie Scoop: You’ll need one to scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets and ensure every cookie is the same size.
- Parchment Paper: I love using parchment paper to line baking sheets and make clean-up a breeze. If you are not using parchment paper, you will want to spritz non-stick cooking spray on your baking sheet to help the cookies not stick or use silicone mats.
- Baking Sheets: We are huge fans of these baking sheets with sides. You don't have to worry; you will remove the cookies from the oven and have them slide right off.
- Heat-Resistant Potholders: A couple of years ago, we had a fire scare when we didn't realize we had turned a burner on, and a cloth potholder caught fire. Thankfully, we walked by the kitchen, saw the smoke, and got it out ourselves. Since then, we have only used these heat-resistant potholders.
- Cooling Rack: A cooling wire rack is a great way to cool down fresh-from-the-oven cookies.
How to make Eggnog Cookies
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post but here's a quick version.
Don't forget to Preheat oven
Step 1 - Whisk together butter, eggs, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, and eggnog.
Step 2 - Gently mix in dry cake mix until well mixed. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to get all ingredients combined.
We do not use a stand mixer when we make this recipe. We find using a spatula or wooden spoon works great.
Step 3 - Use a cookie scoop to create even balls of dough.
Step 4 - Evenly spread eggnog cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake until edges start to brown.
Step 5 - If desired use a circle cookie cutter to shape cookies into even circles. After a couple of minutes place cookies on a wire rack to cool.
Step 6 - Optional eggnog icing, sprinkle with cinnamon or ground nutmeg.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: This holiday cookie recipe is make-ahead-friendly! Prepare the dough, store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and bake within four days.
Storage: Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy them within three to four days.
Freezing/How to Freeze Eggnog Cookies: You can freeze these Eggnog Cookies for up to three months! Once they’ve cooled, freeze them for a few hours or overnight on a covered baking sheet. When completely frozen, transfer them to a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe container. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.
Substitutions: We use unsalted butter for our Eggnog Cookies, but we’ve seen other recipes using salted butter. Here’s a great rundown on using salted and unsalted butter in baking.
Vegetarian Option: This holiday dessert recipe is vegetarian!
Vegan Option: Use a vegan white cake mix and plant-based butter, egg, and eggnog substitutes to make these cookies vegan.
Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free white cake mix to make this recipe gluten-free. Eggnog is typically gluten-free but check for a gluten-free label if you are highly sensitive and want to avoid cross-contamination.
Alcohol-Free Option: Swap the eggnog with a boozy eggnog for an adult-only version! We’ve also seen recipes that add bourbon or brandy to the cookie glaze.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes 24 servings. Scale it up or down to your desired yield.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 8 grams of sugar per serving. Use a sugar-free boxed cake mix and eggnog to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Eggnog Cake Mix Cookies
- Eggnog is a necessary ingredient that gives these soft cookies their beloved flavor.
- We do not use a stand mixer when making this recipe. Using a spatula or wooden spoon works great.
- Use a circle-shaped cookie cutter to shape cookies into even circles if desired. For more holiday cheer, you can also use cookie cutters in fun holiday shapes, such as Christmas trees, snowmen, or snowflakes!
What to Serve with Eggnog Cake Mix Cookies
When to Serve
- Christmas Parties
- With Your Morning Coffee/Tea
- Holiday Events
- After-Winter Play Days
- Anytime you want a soft cookie!
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Whisk together eggnog, unsalted butter, eggs, ground nutmeg, and vanilla extract.
- Gently stir in white cake mix until combined. Use a cookie scoop to create even cookie dough balls
- Spread dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges start to turn golden brown.
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Sheets
- Large Mixing Bowl