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White thumbprint cookies filled with a creamy filling and dusted with nutmeg on a white platter.
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5 from 4 votes

Eggnog Thumbprints

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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 28
Calories: 154kcal


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.



I use a small cookie scoop and do heaping (very full) scoops.
You can substitute rum extract for the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Start by adding ½ teaspoon, taste the icing and add additional, if needed.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg