Flavored with rum, vanilla, nutmeg, and butter, these easy, slice-and-bake cookies taste like holiday eggnog spiked with rum.

Because they’re so easy to make, these slice-and-bake eggnog cookies are one of our favorite Christmas cookies.

Full of the rich flavor of holiday eggnog spiked with rum and dusted with nutmeg, they have a firm texture, a slight crunch, and just enough sweetness to handle the extra flavors of the icing.

With slice-and-bake cookie recipes, you prepare the dough, form it into a log and refrigerate it until it’s solid enough to get a clean slice.

If you’re making a few different types of cookies, make the slice-and-bake dough first and by the time you’re done with your other cookie recipes, they’ll be ready to bake.

Eggnog Cookies with Rum Icing

Slice-and-Bake Eggnog Cookies

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Flavored with rum, vanilla, nutmeg, and butter, these easy, slice and bake cookies taste like holiday eggnog spiked with rum.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum, or 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg


  • Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl and using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat until creamy and light. Add the egg yolks, vanilla and rum extracts, and continue beating until well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add to the butter and egg mixture and combine thoroughly to form a soft dough.
  • Working on a flat surface, divide dough in half and shape each half into a log about 8 inches long by 2 inches in diameter. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove the logs from the refrigerator and let them stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes. While still wrapped in plastic, roll the logs on a flat surface to round out the flat side that may have developed while they were chilling.
  • Unwrap, and using a sharp knife, cut the logs into 1/4-inch thick slices, turning the log a little after each cut to help keep it round.
  • Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the parchment lined sheets and bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until light golden in color. Cool on wire racks.
  • While the cookies bake, make the icing: Combine the sugar, butter and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the cream, rum, vanilla extract and nutmeg and beat with a mixer or by hand, until smooth and creamy.
  • After the cookies have cooled completely, coat the top of each with a thin layer of icing and sprinkle with a little extra nutmeg if desired. Allow the icing to harden completely before storing.
  • Store in an airtight container, no more than 2 layers deep, placing waxed paper between the layers.
Calories: 78kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 38mg, Sugar: 3g
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