December 18, 2013

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies

This is a melt-in-your-mouth, easy-to-make cookie with a delicious Eggnog and cinnamon flavor. They’re satisfyingly crackly on the outside, but super gooey and chewy on the inside. Santa will love these!

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Let me start out by saying I am not the huuugest fan of eggnog, so if you curled up your lip at the name of these cookies, I won’t hold it against you! However Kevin loooooooves eggnog and looks forward to it every year. So when I came across some fun Eggnog Baking Melts, I knew I had to experiment with them and make a Christmas cookie Kevin (and all eggnog-lovers) would go crazy for! :)

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

These cookies are satisfyingly crackly on the outside, but super gooey and chewy on the inside, with a deliciously (if you’re into that sort of thing) distinct eggnog flavor.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

How perfect do these cookies look?? :)

But wait! Even if you despise eggnog, don’t X out of this post just yet. :) I’ve got some alternate flavor options for you, so you can still make these fun crackly, chewy one-of-a-kind cookies even if you’re not that into eggnog. :)

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Just a few simple ingredients here! Brown sugar, flour, eggs, butter, baking soda, eggnog, cinnamon chips, and Eggnog Candy Melts.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

I found these in the Christmas baking section at Walmart, and they are the star of these cookies! They’re like chocolate chips, but they taste like eggnog! How fun is that? :) There are two Walmart stores near me and one store had them but the other did not, so call or check around if you can’t find these right away. Also maybe check craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann. I know the Michaels near me has a big Wilton section! You can also buy them online at Wilton.com. The shipping is refreshingly not too outrageous, either. You’ll need two (10 oz) bags to make these cookies.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

You’ll also need one (10 ounce) bag of cinnamon baking chips. They’re perfect in these cookies and not too spicy or over-powering.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

To start, whisk the butter, sugar, and eggnog over medium-low heat…

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Until the butter is juuust melted.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Add in 2 cups of Eggnog melts — that’s about a bag and a half.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

And whisk until just melted. Immediately remove from heat and pour into your large mixing bowl, and let it hang out in the fridge for about 10 mins or so to cool off while we prepare the remaining ingredients.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Then take the remaining eggnog chips and chop coarsely.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

When the batter is cool to the touch all the way through, beat in the eggs at medium high speed for 2-3 minutes.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Until nice and light and fluffy.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Add the remaining chopped eggnog chips and the entire bag of cinnamon chips and stir until just combined.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to place dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden.

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Remove from oven and you’ll have this gorgeous, crackly, gooey, chewy Cinnamon Eggnog Cookie. Swoon!

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Even though eggnog is not my favorite holiday flavor, of course I had to try one. You know, for quality control purposes. And let’s just say I may have gone back for a second. Just to be sure. ;)

If you love eggnog you will love this cookie!! :) But if you don’t love eggnog, you can totally swap out the eggnog chips with white chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips. Same amounts apply. 1 cup eggnog melts = 1 cup chocolate chips. You could have a White Chocolate Cinnamon Cookie! Or Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies! Or you could swap out the cinnamon chips for mint chips and have Chocolate Peppermint Cookies! Or use white chocolate chips and have Domino cookies. :) Or keep the eggnog and cinnamon chips and add 1 teaspoon of ground ginger for Gingerbread Eggnog Cookies. :) The options are endless!! :) I would love to hear about your experiments or flavor combo ideas! :)

Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies Recipe | Cookies for Santa

Thanks so much for looking! Hope you enjoy!! :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! :) xoxo

Cinnamon Eggnog Cookies

3/4 cup (1.5 sicks) butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons eggnog (or water or milk)
2 (10 oz) bags Wilton Eggnog Baking Melts
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 (10 oz) bag cinnamon baking chips


1. Heat butter, sugar, and eggnog in a large sauce pan over medium low heat until butter is just melted. Add 2 cups eggnog baking melts and stir until just melted. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl and set in refrigerator to cool for about 10 minutes, or until batter is cool to the touch all the way through.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Coarsely chop the remaining eggnog melts.

3. Once the batter is cool, beat in eggs at medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

4. Add remaining chopped eggnog melts (about 3/4 cup) and the cinnamon baking chips. Stir until just combined.

5. Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to place dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Let stand on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes at least 4 dozen cookies. This recipe may easily be halved. Alternatively, this dough freezes really well so you can make what you need right away, then with the remaining dough, go ahead and shape into balls (press down slightly to flatten) then put them in the freezer. They’ll keep in the freezer 2-3 months if stored in an airtight freezer bag. Then whenever you want fresh, warm, homemade cookies, pull out as many as you want and bake as needed. You can have instant homemade cookies all season long! :) You don’t even need to thaw before baking. Happy baking!



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1
Southern Gal December 18, 2013 at 5:22 am

I’m on the lookout for eggnog candy melts now. You should name these Sinful Cinnamon Eggnog Christmas Cookies. ;)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’m not a big egg nog fan BUT I love the taste in baked goods (or pancakes! YUM!) so these are right up our alley!

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Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama December 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

WHOA. Eggnog melts?! I need to find those. These cookies look amazing. I am super duper obsessed with all things eggnog this time of year. Pinned!

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steph@stephsbitebybite December 18, 2013 at 8:02 am

I’m not huge on eggnog either, but when made in a cookie, yes, I think I can go for it!

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Cookbook Queen December 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

I seriously love the idea of making these with kinds of flavored candy melts!!

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Tieghan December 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

Those look insanely amazing!! What a perfect holiday cookie!

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Katherine December 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

My son is allergic to cinnamon, so I’m going to try these with some white chocolate chips. YUM!

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Dawn December 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

Just noticed the dog icon on the tab when I have your site open–too cute!! Will look for eggnog melts and give these a whirl!

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Martha @ 10NiceNails December 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

Oh my yum! I have recently discovered that chocolate gives me migraines (I know, sad day) but white chocolate is fine. I’m going to add these to my baking list!

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May December 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

When you say you can swap the eggnog chips for the chocolate mean chocolate candy melts or chocolate chips like Hersheys?

Thanks

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Amanda December 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Hi May! Like I said in the post, you can swap out the eggnog chips with regular chocolate chips. Chocolate candy melts would work too! Hope this helps! :)

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Shaina December 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Look at those lovelies.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

These look SO good! I doubt I can find egg nog chips, but I bet they’d be fantastic with white chocolate chips. Definitely going to try to add these to my holiday baking list (which is growing at a rapid rate)!

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Nicole December 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi! How many cookies does this make? Thanks!!

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Amanda December 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi Nicole! It made about 4 dozen cookies. You could easily half this recipe. Or, this dough freezes really well so you can make what you need, then with the remaining dough, go ahead and shape into balls (press down slightly to flatten) then put them in the freezer. Then whenever you want fresh, warm, homemade cookies, pull out as many as you want and bake as needed. You can have instant homemade cookies all season long! :) You don’t even need to thaw before baking. Hope this helps! :)

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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction December 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Love the idea of using eggnog candy melts in cookies! These sound amazing!

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Kristen December 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I have got to find those eggnog candy melts! YUM!

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Michelle Proudfoot December 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I don’t know what I did wrong, but my cookies didn’t turn out anything like the picture. I’m bummed. They were crispy and flat. I did use silpat liners. I’d like to try again, but I bought my walmart’s last two bags of egg nog melts! Any one else make them and have better results?

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Amanda December 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Oh no! I am so sorry, Michelle! As you can see in the photos, my cookies were pretty thin and crispy, but definitely chewy on the inside. Two things I did that may have helped were, my dough was very cool and my baking soda was fresh. I have also not had great experiences with my cookies baking on Silpat liners either, so I prefer to use parchment paper. Sorry these were a bummer for you!

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Julie December 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Same thing happened to mine. I used Silpats too. Mine were flat an unedible for sure.

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Amanda December 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

So sorry about that Julie! As I said in the post, I prefer to bake on parchment paper. I have had a similar experience with Silpat liners. If anyone else is worried about flat cookies, make sure your dough is very cool before baking. You can even make the dough the night before and let the dough rest in the fridge overnight. I pulled my cookies out after 9 mins. Hope this helps!

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Michelle Proudfoot December 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Okay, I found some more melts! I’m going to try again! I just started using silpat recently and I kind of thought they were interchangeable with parchment. But I will use parchment paper, and I’m going to refrigerate the dough. Hopefully, I will achieve better results. Thanks so much Amanda!

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Brittany Davidson December 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

My husband and I love eggnog these cookies look like the perfict win. Except for how you achieve the taste of eggnog—the Wilton’s chips are naturally and “artificially” flavored—yuck no thanks on artificials—anyway else to bake with eggnog??

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Jennie December 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

Mine turned out flat, I believe the 80 plus degree heat and the humidity here in Charleston had something to do with it. I chilled the dough and used parchment paper. My family loved them anyway and my sister told me to quit saying they didn’t turn out right because no one would ever know since they were delish as is!

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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 30, 2014 at 7:55 am

Chewie inside and crunch outside: What a great texture!

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Gilda August 13, 2014 at 2:41 am

Thanks for all of the variations….can’t wait to try these.

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Krista December 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

MMMMMM!! These turned out SO tasty and addicting! Mine were crackly on the outside and chewy on the inside, but not as crackly as the photos here…no idea how you managed that! :) I think it may be how cold the dough is when it’s put onto the cookie tray…I had chilled the mixing bowl and the first batch was more crackly than the 4th batch. I froze the rest of the dough for a later time, so we’ll see!

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