Eggnog Logs Cookies

When I first discovered this cookie recipe a couple years ago, I knew it would become a favorite. With rum extract and nutmeg, Eggnog Logs cookies are full of holiday flavor.  They’re pretty much the definition of a Christmas cookie in my book. 

Eggnog Logs take a little time to make, but they aren’t hard and are absolutely worth it. I just made a big batch and we are loving them! I frequently get recipe requests when I share them with friends so I knew I wanted to share this recipe with you all too.

Eggnog Logs

Eggnog Logs

(scroll to the bottom for the full recipe)

What you’ll need for the cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 cups flour

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We need 1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter to start with. If you didn’t have time to leave it out on the counter for an hour or so, you can soften it in the microwave. Start by doing 10 second intervals with 30% power or so. Vary this depending on your microwave. You want it soft, but not melted.

Cream the butter. Beat until it’s nice and creamy.

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Now add 3/4 cup of sugar

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and mix until it’s light and fluffy. Not too much though…

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Add 1 egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla*, and 3/4-1 teaspoon of rum extract.

*If you can, don’t use imitation vanilla, use the real stuff. This cookie is all about the spices and flavoring and real vanilla makes a big difference. And I use the full 1 teaspoon of rum extract because as I just said, this cookie is all about the flavor. I tried 1/2 teaspoon last year and it wasn’t nearly as good. But that’s up to you.

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Mix it thoroughly. And enjoy that wonderful spice-smell!

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Add 3 cups of flour to the mixture, gradually.
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It will be thick. Really thick. Now is when you’re extra thankful you have that heavy duty mixer. I’ve made these the last couple years before my Kitchen Aid and my poor handmixer just couldn’t handle it so I had to stir by hand. But even so, these cookies are worth it.

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Now cover the cookie dough and put it in the fridge for about an hour. This will make it easier to work with.

You can refrigerate it for longer if you need to. I ended up busy with the kids and left it in overnight. If that happens, just pull the dough out and leave it on the counter to soften for about an hour or so.

When you are ready to bake, heat the oven to 350°.

I started with a ball of dough about this size
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You might need to squish it around to make it more pliable.

Note: The recipe says to roll out the dough on a “lightly floured surface” but I did it on a cookie sheet and didn’t need the flour.

Then shape the dough into 1/2-1″ diameter rolls, like this:

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This is about the size we want

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Cut into 3″ long pieces. The easiest way to do it? Just measure with your finger! Each piece should be about one finger-length.

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Bake for 13-15 minutes. I found that 14 minutes was perfect for me.

They should be just lightly browned at the edges.
Cool completely on wire racks.

For the frosting, you’ll need:
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2-1 tsp rum extract
2 TB whipping cream
ground nutmeg

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I don’t have any pictures for making the frosting, but it’s easy enough:
Cream 1/4 cup of softened butter until light and fluffy. Add 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar,  1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp rum extract; mix well.
Beat in 2 Tablespoons of whipping cream* and 1 more cup of confectioners’ sugar.

*Note: The recipe calls for light cream, but I use whipping cream which is perfect. In a pinch, you can use milk, but I think it tastes better with whipping cream.

Frost cookies and sprinkle with a little ground nutmeg.

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They taste even better than they look!

Eggnog Logs

Eggnog Logs Cookies
Yields 3
With rum extract and nutmeg, these cookies are full of holiday flavor.
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  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum extract
  7. 3 cups flour
  1. 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  2. 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/2-1 teaspoon rum extract
  5. 2 tablespoons whipping cream (dairy, not cool whip)
  6. ground nutmeg
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the nutmeg, egg, and extracts; mix thoroughly. Stir in flour. If necessary, chill dough for easier handling.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 1/2 inch diameter rolls; cut each into 3 inch long pieces. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  3. For frosting, cream butter until lightly browned. Add 2 cups of sugar and extracts; mix well. Beat in cream and remaining sugar. Frost cookies. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. These sound delicious!! Think I found another cookie recipe hubby will enjoy!
    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to pin this.

  2. Carolsue says:

    These sound so good! I am going to save this receipes for when the holidays roll around — it will be something different from the usual stuff everyone makes!

  3. Carolsue says:

    These look so good — I’ve “pinned” this recipe so I will have it when I am ready to make them!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  4. I love eggnog and this sounds yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe. I am going to pin this too.

  5. Yummy! I have to try this recipe SOON. My husband will love these – thank you for sharing!!!
    God bless,
    Tracey M.

  6. These look delicious and I will be baking them tomorrow, thank you for shating

  7. Sharing even! Sorry for my typo :)

  8. Jessica S. says:

    These cookies are delicious! This recipe was handed down to me from my Grandma and I make them every year, in fact I’m eating one right now :). The only difference is I use sweetened condensed milk instead the whipping cream.

  9. We call these Christmas cookies “Nutmeg Logs” and I was happy to find your Eggnog Logs Cookies pin on Pinterest when I searched – and yes, they were a holiday tradition for many, many years with my mum; love the rich nutmeg and rum flavors together! I’ll be making them to share this season :-)


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