Buttery thumbprint cookies filled with a sweet, slightly boozy icing and dusted with nutmeg. These festive Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies should be on your holiday baking list!
Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies are the bomb (that’s right kids, Mom just said “the bomb”, deal with it). Always one of the first cookies to disappear from my Christmas cookie trays. Festive, sweet, and a bit boozy; always a good thing at this time of year.
I stumbled across this one on Allrecipes years ago and we look forward to them every Christmas.
This thumbprint cookie dough is the best I’ve ever made but it’s the icing that really puts these cookies over the top. It includes a little Captain Morgan Spiced Rum but any rum you’ve got on hand will do the trick. I’m not a fan of drinks made with rum in general but have it on hand for certain of our friends who love the stuff (you know who you are). It’s also excellent for baking as I’ve found with this recipe.
If you don’t want to pick up a bottle of rum, feel free to substitute rum extract. See the recipe card at the end of this post for the details.
Filling the Eggnog Thumbprints
I like to spoon the icing into a disposable piping bag fitted with a decorative tip to fill the Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies with icing. This is about as fancy as I ever get with decorating baked goods but I have to say, it does add a nice touch.
Don’t have any pastry bags on hand? You can put the icing in a regular plastic sandwich bag and snip the bottom corner to use as a homemade pastry bag or just spoon it right on to the cookies.
The final touch is a dusting of nutmeg. Don’t skip this step! It adds that unique holiday flavor and completes the cookies in a delicious way.
These Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies are so pretty on Christmas cookie trays and everyone I know that has tried them has fallen in love.
We so look forward to these cookies every year!
They have Christmas written all over them.
More Holiday Baking Ideas
Chewy Iced Molasses Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles
Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies
Easy Toffee Candy
For the Cookies
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the Icing
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, (see recipe note for substitution)
- ground nutmeg,, as needed
For the Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream together ¾ cup butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Beat into the creamed mixture just till slightly combined. Finish by mixing with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough.
- Roll dough into 1- to 1-inch balls and place 2-inches apart on baking sheets lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Make an indentation in the center of each cookie using your thumb or index finger.
- Bake for 12 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes then transfer a rack to cool completely.
For the Icing
- In a small bowl, use an electric hand mixer to combine ¼ cup butter, confectioners' sugar, and rum. Transfer icing to a pastry bag with a decorative tip and pipe icing on to completely cooled cookies. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Let stand until set before storing in an airtight container.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated using generic ingredients, and is an estimate not a guarantee. For more accurate results, please refer to the labels on your ingredients at home.
This post was originally published on December 9, 2011. It has been updated with new images and a video.
Adapted from Allrecipes
Questions and Reviews
Can I use rum extract instead of Capt.Morgan? If so, how much?
Yes, definitely! I’d start with 1/2 teaspoon of extract, taste it and add a bit more if you feel it needs it.
I just made these and they came out perfect! They are delicious and a new favorite in this house! Thanks for the recipe!
Yay! It’s great to hear this, Christina. Enjoy and happy holidays 🙂
I did everything to the book and my cookies did not stay small with a indent in them. They spread out making thwm look like regular cookies. Not like a thumbprint? How did you get your to stay looking like a thumbprint cookie?
I’m sorry to hear that, Mikki! I have never experienced that problem with this dough. In fact, the way it holds it’s form so beautifully while it bakes is one of the things I love most about it. Are you using the exact ingredients called for? In particular, it is important to use real butter, not margarine. Other than that, I can’t imagine why that would be happening. I could recommend you chill the dough for an hour or so before forming it but it shouldn’t be necessary with this dough.
Hi Valarie!! Theses look amazing…. Can I freeze them?
I have never tried freezing them so I can’t say for sure. I would think the cookie dough portion would freeze fine but I’m not sure on the filling. I’d be inclined to fill them after they defrosted. If you try it, be sure to let me know.
Exactly how I planned on doing it 🙂
But there’s no eggnog in there … anywhere … ??
Hi Linda. The “eggnog” flavor comes from the creamy filling that is spiked with rum and dusted with nutmeg. It’s a wonderful combination that is very similar to eggnog.
Wow, these look amazing! My husband loves eggnog and cookies…he would go crazy for these. Okay, so maybe it’s way past Christmas, but I pinned them for next year so I don’t forget! 😀
Oh I love Eggnog….and I love thumbprints!!! Mmm…..match made in heaven!
I always say things like the bomb and grody when I’m trying to embarrass my kids! I make sure to put extra emphasis on it too! These sound fabulous Valerie – such a great twist on a classic cookie.
These thumbprints sound good… I have some Captain Morgans in the freezer, it’s like fate telling me I need to make these.
The Captain is calling Susie! 🙂
These look wonderful as do all the cookies on your tray. I am new to your blog, so I’ve taken some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I love your recipes. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
Thank you so much Mary! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
OMG! Val, these look amazing. I will definitely have to try them out. Thanks for posting!
Thanks Trina. I hope you like them!
Thumbprints are my favorite Christmas cookie and I am loving the plethora of recipes I am seeing on all the blogs. I really really love this one because I am an eggnog addict hehe
I hear ya Janet. If you love eggnog, you’ll love these!