Eggnog Ice Box Cookies

I’ve got my Christmas cookie bake on!  I love love to bake Christmas cookies.  I mean, what better excuse does one need to bake cookies than the holiday season?  There’s no guilt with Christmas baking, right?  Holiday calories don’t count.  😉

I find myself making ice box cookies every year…last year I made Cherry Ice Box Cookies, and the year before I made Brown Sugar Shortbread (Ice Box Cookies).  Yum.  I think ice box cookies are great because you don’t have to bake all the dough at once – you can keep the dough in the fridge for up to 3 days and bake them as you need them (or even freeze a log or two for later).  I find that one log lasts for a day and a half, then it’s time to bake a fresh batch!

So this year I wanted to make ice box cookies with eggnog in them…eggnog is the best.  I love it on it’s own, in lattes, in coffee, so why not in cookies?  Yum.


Eggnog Ice Box Cookies {A Pretty Life}

Between the cookie and the icing, these Eggnog Ice Box cookies are bursting with eggnog flavour!  Actually the icing is so good and eggnog-y that I’m already scheming up ways to use it somewhere else!




Eggnog Ice Box Cookies with Eggnog Frosting

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney


Ice Box Cookie

  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup eggnog (I used 2%)
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg

Eggnog Icing

  • 1/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup eggnog


Ice Box Cookie

  1. In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
  2. Then add the eggnog, and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and nutmeg.
  4. Add the flour mixture gradually to the butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Shape the dough into 4 balls of dough, then roll the dough out into 8 inch long logs.
  6. Wrap each log in parchment paper and refrigerate overnight.
  7. When it’s time to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Then remove the paper and cut the dough into 1/4 inch slices.
  9. Place the cookies onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  10. After the cookies have finished baking, place them on a wire rack and let them cool completely.

Eggnog Icing

  1. In a mixer, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy.
  2. Add the icing sugar and eggnog, and mix until smooth.
  3. Ice each cookie once they have cooled completely.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle with a teeny bit of nutmeg on the cookies for a garnish.


You don’t have to bake all the cookies at once. The dough will last in the fridge for a couple of days, so bake what you need as you need them! Just ice them as you need to as well! Fresh cookies every day….mmmmm

Recipe from Taste of Home

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Serve these cookies up with a mug of hot chocolate or coffee.  So good!  Now if we could just make these last more than a day…

Eggnog Ice Box Cookies {A Pretty Life}

Have a merry & delicious day!

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  • Reply Barb November 28, 2013 at 6:12 AM


  • Reply Shelby November 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    What is icing sugar?

    • Reply Jo-Anna December 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Hi Shelby! It’s confectioners (or powdered) sugar…we call it icing sugar in Canada!
      Happy Baking!

  • Reply Tara @ Suburble November 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    These are gorgeous, Jo-Anna! I love Egg Nog cookies, but haven’t ever made the ice-box version. Pinning!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes November 29, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    I love eggnog, i love cookies, how could this be bad? Adding to my Christmas eating list! Ha!

    • Reply Jo-Anna December 3, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Not bad at all, lol! I love anything with eggnog! Yum!

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  • Reply amanda December 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    This reminds me of my favorite! Fannie May’s Eggnog Creams! They are even better cold!

    • Reply Jo-Anna December 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Ooooh those sound good! I think any eggnog cookie would be delicious!

  • Reply Sarah December 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    About how many cookies did this recipe make? Thanks!

    • Reply Jo-Anna December 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      It makes about 6 dozen. Happy baking!

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  • Reply Tracy December 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Can you make half the recipe and will they still turn out seems like a lot of cookies. How many does the batch make?

  • Reply R Schreiter December 16, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Hello, I just finished baking a batch of these cookies. They taste great, but they spread and did not hold their shape. Do you think that additional flour would help this? Thanks.

  • Reply R Schreiter December 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I love this cookie – delicious. Mine did not hold their shape — do you think if I added more flour that would help?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Hi! I’m not sure if that would help, or just make the cookie taste too flour-y. I find these cookies bake best when the dough is left overnight in the fridge before baking.

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