December 16th, 2010

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

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My husband is an eggnog fanatic (something he’s passed on to our children), so I knew these Eggnog Snickerdoodles were going to be a huge hit at my house. I was not wrong. My family devoured them!

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

These cookies are thick and soft, with a wonderful eggnog flavor and a hint of nutmeg. Pretty much the perfect holiday cookie!

They stay soft for days too–longer than any other cookie I’ve made. I’m no food scientist, but I suspect it’s the eggnog that keeps them soft for so long.

Sometimes, I add a dash of nutmeg right into the batter, and an eggnog and powdered sugar glaze is also a nice touch. But they really are perfectly delicious just the way they are.

The cookies will be very puffy when you remove them from the oven, but don’t worry, they will flatten slightly as they cool.

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

The dough is a bit sticky, but once you drop it into the sugar and nutmeg coating, it becomes pretty easy to work with.

And I love that this is such a simple holiday cookie to make. These cookies also freeze well, so you can make them ahead. Always a plus during the busy holiday baking season.

My family goes crazy for these cookies (especially my husband), and even folks who aren’t fans of eggnog love these Eggnog Snickerdoodles!

These Eggnog Snickerdoodles are sure to become a favorite in your holiday cookie rotation.

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 mins
Yields 4 dozen     adjust servings

Classic snickerdoodle cookies with a holiday twist--the flavors of eggnog and nutmeg!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternately with the eggnog. The dough will be thick and slightly sticky.
  5. Mix together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg in a small bowl.
  6. Shape the dough into rounded tablespoons; roll in sugar and nutmeg mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are just set and starting to crack.

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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Taste of Home.



  1. Oh, man this twice in the past hour that I’ve come across eggnog snickerdoodles. The sound wonderful and I’m seriously wishing I could get over my cookie baking phobia. Too bad no one will send me any. 🙂

  2. this looks swell and i’m bookmarking it !

  3. Your Eggnog Snickerdoddles look very good. Thank you for sharing your recipe and have a great week end!

  4. Now I love eggnog and I love Snickerdoodles, so this is a sure fire winner in my (cook)book!

  5. That sounds like a fabulous combination.

  6. I need to try these! My husband loves eggnog!

  7. I’m definitely going to have to try these!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yum! Definitely saving this one to try! Thanks~!

  9. YUM!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Yes please! I’ll take some of those cookies. They sound great. That’s all I have to say about that!

  11. Adding to my cookie list..thanks!

  12. I could eat a dozen of these. YUM

  13. These sound delicious! Eggnog anything is so good this time of year! Merry Christmas!

  14. Egg Nog snickerdoodles? Yes please!

  15. i made these tonight. I suggest instead of 1 cup eggnog try 1 1/2 cups. I also plan to add more nutmeg the next time I bake these! So good!

  16. Delicious! I used cinnamon predominantly in the coating, and coated the baked cookies in it again. Rum extract, too, vs. vanilla. This is a keeper! Great eggnog flavor!

  17. Today I decided to them and I mixed everything up the way it said to and the mixture wet there was no was no way to roll them. I had to add more flour to make it rollable. I like the taste but the consistency is horrible. I will not be making these again.

  18. I made these last night and brought them to work today. BIG hit! They’re so delicious!

  19. This recipe did not work at all! 15 minutes at 350 and the cookies were still extremely doughy.

  20. I used 1 1/2 cups of eggnogs like one of the comment here said, it also so hard to roll to be honest since it’s all sticky, so I used a spoon and dropped it on the sugar and nutmeg (+cinnamon) coating and it rolls easier there. Anyway this cookies are delicious (according to me anyway) and will be bringing it to work tomorrow.

  21. Can this recipe be refrigerated overnight?

    • I have not tried that, but I would think so.

    • can i leave the dough out on the counter to make the cookies tomorrow ?? nothing will change right ?? please advise , havent had time too much in and out dont want them to spoil , the dough tastes fantastic i can imagine the coookie !!!!!

      • If you were waiting overnight, I would put the dough in the refrigerator.

        • miriam greco says:

          ok thanks for future i will do that, but i couldnt wait so i made the snicker doodles and i got 4 1/2 doz out of it , they are delicious , thanks again was thinking of a frosting or decoration on top ? any suggestions ?? thanks again miriam greco

  22. Oh my. Just made the batter for these cookies to bake tomorrow for our exchange. If the cookies turn out like the batter, which as long as I don’t burn them, they should, these will become a seasonal favorite! So delicious!!!

  23. These cookies are delicious! Mine came out more cake-like than the Snickerdoodle I’m used to, but I cannot complain at all since the flavor is so wonderful! I made one minor addition – 1/2 tsp cinnamon into the nutmeg & sugar combo. The dough is very loose. I refrigerated it for an hour and used a small, dedicated cookie scoop and was able to handle the dough easily enough for dusting. I am happy to share these with my family during the holidays!

  24. these are FABULOUS! making them for my boyfriend to take with him hunting!!


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