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Pecan Eggnog Cookies

Pecan Eggnog Cookies will be all the rage at your next cookie exchange. Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookie cups have eggnog and pecans baked into every bite!

Have your eggnog and eat it too. Add these Eggnog Truffles and this Eggnog Cheesecake Cake to your Christmas baking list!

Stack of pecan eggnog cookies on a plate.

Why this Recipe Works

  • These holiday cookies are made with real eggnog and rum flavoring.
  • Crunchy pecans make them even better! They’ll remind you of pecan sandies!
  • A dollop of glaze and sprinkle of nutmeg adds the finishing touch.

In a sea of sugar cookies and peppermint bark, these Pecan Eggnog Cookies are guaranteed to stand out at the holiday party!

I love the pairing of buttery cookies, nutty pecan flavor and the star of the show: Eggnog!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make pecan sandies with eggnog!

Eggnog – Any store bought carton of eggnog works perfectly here. Or use our homemade eggnog recipe.

Rum extract – This handy ingredient gives the eggnog cookies a rich rum flavor without making them taste like alcohol.

Cornstarch – We add a small amount to the dry ingredients to make the cookie cups thick and perfectly soft.

Easy Instructions

Beat together the eggnog cookie dough ingredients and fold in the chopped nuts. Drop the dough into a mini muffin pan and bake.

While the cookies cool, make the glaze. Top each cooled cookie with a teaspoon of glaze, then sprinkle nutmeg and more chopped nuts on top.

Step by step photos showing how to make eggnog cookies!

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a tart shaper (or your thumb) to make an indent in the top of each cookie as they come out of the oven.
  • Let the eggnog glaze set for about 15 minutes before serving these pecan cookies.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within one week for best taste.
  • Let butter soften at room temperature before using for easiest mixing.
  • Have leftover eggnog in the carton after making these? Make some Eggnog Fudge too!

Recipe FAQs

Do these cookies taste like rum?

No, they don’t. The rum flavoring helps bring out the taste of the eggnog but it doesn’t give them a distinct rum taste.

Is rum flavoring the same as rum extract?

No, but it works similarly in many recipes. Rum extract is made from real rum, while rum flavoring (or imitation rum extract) is usually made with artificial flavors. Either one can be used in this recipe.

Can I make this recipe with nondairy eggnog?

I haven’t tested this recipe with dairy free eggnog, but it should work just fine. If you try it, let me know how it comes out!

I only have salted butter. Can I still make these cookies?

Yes, you can! If you opt to use salted butter, I would reduce the amount of added kosher salt in the dough.

Pecan cookies on a wire rack with a spoon drizzling eggnog glaze on top.
Yield: 48 cookies

Pecan Eggnog Cookies

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Pecan Egg Nog Cookies will be all the rage at your next cookie exchange. Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookie cups have eggnog and pecans baked into every bite!

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavoring
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup egg nog
  • 1 cup finely chopped Pecans

For the topping:

  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons egg nog
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Fisher Pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. For the cookies, combine butter and powdered sugar in large mixing bowl. Beat until fully combined. Add in salt, flour, cornstarch, rum, nutmeg and egg nog. Beat until it becomes a soft dough. Fold in chopped pecans.
  2. Drop by large tablespoon into a greased mini muffin pan. Bake for for 13-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
  3. Remove and lightly press each top with a tart shaper (a water bottle cap would work too!). Just enough to give a small indent. Allow to cool in pans about 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar with egg nog until combined. Drop a small teaspoon on top of each cooled cookie cup. Immediately sprinkle with chopped pecans and a pinch of nutmeg. Allow to set, about 15 minutes. ENJOY!

Notes

  • Use a tart shaper (or your thumb) to make an indent in the top of each cookie as they come out of the oven.
  • Let the eggnog glaze set for about 15 minutes before serving these pecan cookies.
  • Use store bought or homemade eggnog in this recipe.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within one week for best taste.
  • Let butter soften at room temperature before using for easiest mixing.
  • Have leftover eggnog in the carton after making these? Make some Eggnog Fudge too!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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These Pecan Egg Nog Cookies are full of holiday cheer! Topped with nutmeg and crunchy nuts, they’re the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie trays.

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 1, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. This looks very delish. Can I use real rum instead of the rum extract? I don’t know what I would do with a partial bottle of extract this season and it may not be fresh enough to use next year. Is there a way to preserve extract? Freeze it? or can I just use rum?

  2. I certainly have the busy working & holiday baking down… But shopping, wrapping presents, and holiday parties?? GAH I haven’t even thought about any of those. Please don’t remind me Christmas is next week… But hey, if I showed up with a tray full of these cookies, maybe nobody would notice the lack of presents! 😉 Pinned!

  3. Looks like you had a fabulous and inspiring time in NYC! And oh my, these cookies. So cute, so perfect for holiday parties/hoarding all for myself.

  4. I am all into eggnog right now and these cookies look incredible!! What a blast you must have had meeting Alex G. from Chopped!! Have a great week!! 🙂

  5. I LOVE pecan sandies! I can only imagine how amazing these must be, especially with the eggnog glaze!

  6. I’m editing an eggnog post for next week…wish I had some left because these look fabulous! pinned 🙂

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