Soft Baked Ginger Cookies with Eggnog Cheesecake Dip

Soft Baked Ginger Cookies with Eggnog Cheesecake Dip Recipe l

Soft baked ginger cookies with dip have become a tradition in our house. Every year that we’ve been married, I’ve made a batch of ginger cookies and pumpkin pie dip when fall arrives. This year I thought I would extend the tradition into the winter and make an eggnog cheesecake dip to go with the cookies.

Soft Baked Ginger Cookies with Eggnog Cheesecake Dip Recipe l

If you’ve never combined eggnog and ginger before, you really should give it a try. So good! (After I made these, Jennie, over at The Messy Baker Blog, posted a recipe last week for soft ginger cookies with eggnog glaze. They are already on my list for Christmas cookies!) The spices from the ginger cookies and the spice from the eggnog make a great combination that I definitely need to bake with more.

Soft Baked Ginger Cookies with Eggnog Cheesecake Dip Recipe l

These ginger cookies are soft and puffy, just the way I like them. I’ve never been a fan of the hard gingersnaps, so these soft baked cookies are perfect. The eggnog cheesecake dip is a simple dip made of cream cheese, eggnog, confectioner’s sugar, and, of course, nutmeg. Because the recipe makes a lot, these cookies and dip are perfect for setting out at your next gathering!

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Soft Baked Ginger Cookies with Eggnog Cheesecake Dip
Serves: 36
For the Cookies
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ C molasses
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2¼ C all-purpose flour (or 1¼ C all-purpose and 1 C white whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ C sugar, for rolling dough in
For the Dip
  • 8 oz ⅓ of the fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ C confectioner's sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp eggnog
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer), cream together butter and sugars. Add the egg and beat until creamy. Beat in molasses and water until well-combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Dough will be stiff and you may need to finish combining ingredients using a wooden spoon.
  4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll dough in sugar to coat. Place dough onto cookie sheet. Press dough to indent slightly.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies puff and edges just start to turn golden brown. Allow cookies to cool for a couple of minutes on cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While cookies are cooling, prepare dip. Beat together all ingredients until smooth.


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  1. Oh man…. egg nog and cheesecake in one? This is my heaven!

  2. Eggnog cheesecake dip? Where do I sign up. I love everything about these cookies. Thanks for the shout out!

  3. This is a perfectly acceptable breakfast, right?

  4. I can definitely see starting a new tradition with these babies! I’m pretty sure my husband and I couldn’t be left alone with this . . .

  5. What a fun idea! That eggnog dip sounds delicious for so many things. I’m thinking maybe apple slices to pretend to be healthy, but really I want to use pretzels. I love salty & sweet : )

  6. I agree – I love the soft and puffy ginger cookies … I don’t really like the hard ones. And this dip! I still haven’t seen eggnog at my local store – but I’m itching to start cooking/baking with it!

  7. Mmmmmmm I could easily eat this entire batch on my own! They look like tiny ginger pillows! Oh and that dip? Needs to be in my life asap. 😀

  8. Cookie Dip! What a great idea!

  9. What a great idea….love it! :)

  10. These cookies look incredible Jessica – nothing beats a soft and puffy ginger cookie :) I think I would dunk everything into that dip – it sounds amazing!

  11. What a fun idea! Those cookies look so puffy and soft and I’m sure they are just delicious dunked in that dip!

  12. You had me at eggnog dip. Amazing!

  13. Wow! What an awesome treat with such fabulous seasonal flavors! I could eat the whole bowl of dip in one sitting, I think -it looks addictive!

  14. There is way too much good in this post!!! Pinned!

  15. Eggnog cheesecake dip!!!! Oh my – just give me the bowl and a spoon :)

  16. That dip!! With the cookies!! Oh my gosh! I love this! :)

  17. Like Whoa. I just want to spread Eggnog Cheesecake Dip on everything.. this is sooo genius!

  18. Cookies with a dip… now you’re talking my language. :) YUM!! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. These are so fun! I love this dip, Jessica!

  20. Wow, what a great tradition! I love this dip.

  21. Cookies with a dipper?! Yes yes and yes.

  22. Oh, gosh! These cookies plus that dip!? What a fantastic idea!

  23. Holy cow, Jessica….I never thought to dip cookies before! What a brilliant idea and one I wish I had thought of . I love soft, chewy ginger cookies. But that eggnog cheesecake dip is just luscious. I almost don’t need the cookie……almost! : )

  24. Oh my gosh – these look fantastic. I absolutely love the dipping idea! Pinning!

  25. These cookies look so soft and I can just imagine how great they smell! Yum!

  26. So, I want to walk out on the edge of the eggnog cheesecake dip bowl and diiiiiive in! This sounds fantastic!

  27. Help me…that dip!

  28. Oh I adores Soft Ginger Cookies and this eggnog cheesecake dip takes them over the top!!

  29. Eggnog cheesecake dip?!!? That is like holiday heaven! This sounds fantastic!

  30. These were a hit this Christmas. Somone asked for the recipe so I had to come back to send them the link (I’m glad I saved it!). These cookies were amazingly soft long after they were baked. I mixed red and green sugar into my sugar bowl to add a little Christmas glitter before baking.

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