Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting Recipe l

I gave in and bought my first container of eggnog last week. I was trying to hold out until Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t wait. I’m not really a fan of drinking it plain, but I love adding it to my coffee and chai. And, of course, I love to bake with it! Since I haven’t made cookies in awhile, I really wanted to make eggnog cookies.

Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting Recipe l

Soft, pillowy eggnong cookies filled with chai spices and topped with a sweet eggnog buttercream to be exact. The warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg brings out the eggnog flavor in the cookies, making the traditional holiday drink the main flavor. The chai spices give these cookies the light flavor of one of my favorite holiday drinks. . .eggnog chai.

Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting Recipe l

I found that I liked these cookies even more the next day because the flavors had a chance to blend (and because I was able to enjoy them with an eggnog chai!). It is perfect for this busy time of year. You can make these eggnog chai cookies the day before your party or gathering, and they will still be soft and fresh. One less thing you have to worry about that day!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Eggnog Chai Cookies
Serves: 30
For the Cookies
  • 2¼ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ⅛ tsp cardamom
  • ⅛ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¾ C butter, softened
  • ½ C sugar
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C eggnog
For the Frosting
  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp eggnog
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cardamom, and black pepper. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg yolks and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Carefully beat in eggnog.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until just combined.
  5. Drop by heaping teaspoon full onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bottoms just start to turn golden brown.
  6. Immediately transfer cookies to a paper towel covered flat surface. Allow to cool.
  7. Prepare frosting while cookies are cooling. Beat together confectioner's sugar, butter, 1 tbsp eggnog and nutmeg until smooth. Add remaining teaspoon of eggnog to thin out the frosting.
  8. Frost cooled cookies and serve.

This recipe is adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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  1. Ooooh yes!!! These sound like the perfect winter spiced cookies!

  2. I am loving these!! So excited for Christmas!

  3. I bought eggnog last week too, and have been on a total kick ever since! These cookies have me super excited for holiday baking!

  4. Oh yum! I love eggnog and have yet to buy any yet this holiday season. Now I really have excuse to get some. Looks like a great recipe!

  5. I have been holding out on buying eggnog too, but after seeing these it is on my list to buy today!!! Yum!!!!

  6. Ahh I haven’t given in yet but I want some eggnog now :)

  7. These cookies. That buttercream… I want! I gave in to the sweet temptations of eggnog last week. I’m so weak. Love these!

  8. Oh my goodness, eggnog buttercream sounds SO amazing. And I love the idea of adding eggnog to your coffee or chai – why have I never thought to do that?!

  9. These cookies sound so good! I don’t like drinking eggnog plain either but in baking I love it : ) These are so festive! Getting me in the holiday spirit!

  10. These cookies look incredible! I’m not a fan of drinking eggnog much either but love it in desserts. I love that you used it in the frosting as well – I can imagine how creamy and good everything tasted. Pinning these festive cookies:)

  11. Oh how super fun! These cookies have got me SO excited for the holidays, Jessica!

  12. I’m the same way, I don’t drink eggnog but I love it for baking! These look perfect – so soft and cakey, and frosting on cookies is the best :)

  13. these sound so good! my husband loves eggnog & would love these!

  14. I’m still holding out on buying that eggnog, but I might just have to give in like you, because these sound like an incredible combo of flavors.

  15. I am so excited about getting ready for the holidays… love these cookies. :)

  16. It’s never too early to start with the eggnog, especially since it’s only around for such a limited time! I love that you turned it into cookies…these are super infused with the holiday spirit!

  17. These are so much fun – LOVE these flavors together!

  18. Absolutely loving the sound and look of these! As I’m starting to transition away from my beloved pumpkin and into cozy flavors like gingerbread, I could see these not lingering too long on our kitchen counter . . .

  19. These cookies make me so excited for Christmas!! Pinning!

  20. These look incredible Jessica…so moist and fluffy! :)

  21. I’ve been seriously craving eggnog all week: these cookies are a sign I need to give in and buy a carton as well! These cookies are outstanding, Jessica!

  22. Just looking at these is getting me excited for Christmas. Can you imagine eating these while drinking a Starbucks eggnog latte. Die!

  23. I can’t stand eggnog to drink but discovered last year how great it is in baked goods – and I love chai, and I love frosted cookies…clearly I need to try these! Great recipe, Jessica!

  24. I made these cookies for my mother who is in a cookie exchange. These cookies are ahhhmazing! All the different spices, along with the icing is simply incredible. Thank you! This recipe will stay with me for every Xmas season!!!!!!

  25. Holy Cookie! I’m baking these yummo’s

  26. Just love this combination of eggnog and chai – so clever!

  27. These look delicious and so moist!

  28. Jessica these are totally amazing!

  29. Sweet Tooth says:

    I will be baking these tomorrow!

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