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Eggnog Sugar Cookies Recipe

These eggnog sugar cookies are delicious with a soft center, crunchy exterior, and a little spice. These cookies don’t have any actual eggnog in them, but they do use all of the ingredients that give eggnog it’s distinctive flavor: egg yolks, cream (in the form of butter), rum flavoring, a touch of cinnamon, and lots and lots of fresh nutmeg. This recipe was a winner in our Dozen Days of Nog recipe contest, courtesy of Lauren K. of Healthy Delicious.

Servings: 48

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time:

Light and Healthy recipe


  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • 3 Davidson's Safest Choice® pasteurized egg yolk(s)
  • 2 tsp rum flavoring or vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg, divided (preferably fresh grated)


  1. In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and rum flavoring.
  2. In a second bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Add to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 400°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar and nutmeg.
  4. Form teaspoon-sized balls of dough into balls and roll in the spiced sugar, place on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are cracked and the top looks dry. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size (1 cookie)
Total Servings 48

Amount Per Serving:

Nutrition Category Amount
Calories 90
Calories from Fat 35
Total Fat 4g (6% DV)
Saturated Fat 2.5g (13% DV)
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg (7% DV)
Sodium 85mg (4% DV)
13g (4% DV)
Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV)
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%

Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Pasteurized equals peace of mind

Davidson's Safest Choice® pasteurized eggs taste great and are safe for all your favorite egg dishes! Davidson's gentle water bath pasteurization reduces the risk of Salmonella in eggs without changing the nutrition or flavor. In fact, Davidson's pasteurized eggs have earned the Seal of Approval for exceptional flavor and culinary performance from the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

The Raw Egg Risk

Davidson's eggs aren't just good for sunny-side up or poached eggs. Consider all the recipes that feature raw eggs, like eggnog, Caesar salad dressing, raw cookie dough, custard and more. Take homemade ice cream, for example. Over a four-year period, more than 500 illnesses in the US were traced to Salmonella bacteria in homemade ice cream, according to the CDC. The ingredient at fault? Raw or undercooked eggs.