These Eggnog Cookies are such a fun treat for the holiday season but any excuse will do. Using Instant Pudding makes them so soft and moist!
In less than 20 minutes of time, these delicious Eggnog Cookies will be perfectly cooked and ready to enjoy. Load up the sprinkles, pour yourself a glass of milk and indulge yourself with each and every bite.
Here’s the deal. When the holidays roll around, I want sugar. I’m not ashamed to admit it and I have a feeling that I’m not the only one that feels that way. There’s just something comforting about Christmas, sugar, and a belly full of sweets.
And when it comes to the flavor of eggnog, this cookie recipe proves that there’s more than one way to get that taste. If you’re not a fan of drinking a giant cup of eggnog, who says you can’t eat it instead?
Homemade cookies offer the option to take a bite and just erase all the other worries of the world. Plus, you have to admit – the red and green sprinkles on these eggnog cookies make them too cute to pass up!
This holiday season, why not start a new tradition in your house and bake up a batch of these holiday cookies instead? They’re perfect for a fun snack and are actually a great option for a Christmas Cookie Exchange, too.
I think what makes these cookies different than other cookies is that they’re made with the main ingredient being instant pudding. Many people might question why add this in? Well, let me tell you.
Adding the instant pudding to your cookies is what makes them have that texture that literally melts in your mouth. There are very few cookies in the world that can give you that type of texture but these are ones that you really need to try.
And if you’re in a giving mood, you might even consider putting out a few of these for Santa this year as well. I’m certain he would appreciate the kind gesture and will for sure love the taste.
Ingredients needed to make Eggnog Cookies
- Cream cheese
- Brown sugar
- White sugar
- Instant vanilla pudding
- Baking soda
- All-purpose flour
- Festive sprinkles
How to make Eggnog Cookies with Instant Pudding
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and white sugar.
Add cinnamon, pudding packet, baking soda, and egg. Whisk well to combine.
Next, stir in flour and eggnog a little bit at a time.
Use a cookie scoop, and scoop the dough into your hand. Pour sprinkles into a bowl and roll the cookie dough ball into the sprinkles until evenly coated.
Then, press down gently on the dough in your palm to slightly flatten into a circle. Place the cookie onto a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Put the cookies in the oven on the center rack and bake for 13 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Where is eggnog most popular?
Just in case you’re wondering, eggnog is actually quite the popular drink for those who reside in the United States. It can have many different flavors but they all tend to be similar.
Eggnog is also really only popular during the holidays which is why this is one of the main ingredients in these cookies.
Why do we drink eggnog at Christmas?
This is actually something that was started back in the 1800s. People would combine eggs and rum and found out that it created quite the drink.
And even though these cookies are rum-free, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a separate bowl of your own eggnog drink as well!
What does eggnog taste like?
It’s a unique flavor, for sure. It does have an egg taste to it, so that is something to be aware of. Most people either love eggnog or hate it…there’s typically no inbetween. However, I will say that even though these cookies are flavored like eggnog, it’s not an overly powerful flavor that you’re going to have to worry about. It’s the perfect hint, just enough to give your tastebuds a treat.
Can you use other flavors of instant pudding for these eggnog cookies?
You can. I like the flavor of vanilla personally with the eggnog but you can change it up and see what you like best. Some other flavors that might be fun could be chocolate, lemon, hazelnut, or anything else that you’re geared up for and hoping to try.
How do you know when these cookies are done baking in the oven?
Since these cookies only take 13 minutes to bake, you’ll want to pay close attention so that you don’t overcook them. The easiest way to tell that they’re done and ready to remove from the oven is that their edges are starting to brown.
You can also use the sniff test and be certain, too. This is a simple way to start paying attention once the smell of cookies hits your nose.
Can I put on the sprinkles after the cookies are baked?
You can try but it’s not going to work. Since there isn’t any type of frosting or anything on the cookie there isn’t anything that will hold the cookies in place. And while you can add them and smoosh them down, you then take the chance of cracking your cookie or making it look a bit messy.
The key to getting the sprinkles to stick is to roll the dough in the sprinkles while it’s still “wet” from all the added ingredients Then, once you mash and bake, the sprinkles will stay put and be baked right onto the cookies.
How To Freeze Leftover Cookies
There might be times when you’re looking to freeze a few cookies for later. Luckily, freezing cookies is a simple process, and fairy straight-forward as well.
Just put whatever cookies you have leftover in a freezer-safe bag and place them in your freezer. Then, when you’re ready to snack and enjoy, you just have to pull out a cookie or two, let it unthaw for a short amount of time, and enjoy.
Fun Ways To Share Cookies This Holiday Season
Since the holiday season is all about sharing and caring for others, baking up some homemade cookies and gifting them to family and friends might be just the perfect gift that you’re looking for.
You can easily bake up a fresh plate of cookies and hand-deliver it to anyone on your holiday list. I’m certain that they’ll be more than happy to take bite after bite of these delicious cookies.
Another great idea is to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange where everyone can bake up their favorite cookie and then share them all amongst each other. This is a fun activity and a great way to get a ton of different cookies to nibble on and try.
However you decide to share these eggnog cookies this holiday season, don’t forget to treat yourself in the process as well. Part of the perk of being the baker is that you get to have the first cookie and bite! (and the last cookie, too!)
I think that you’re going to love the unique taste and flavor of these simple red and green eggnog cookies. They just might take over as the softest and tastiest cookies that you’ve ever had!
More Cookie Recipes
- Cranberry Eggnog Cookies
- Easy Sugar Cookie Bars
- Grandma’s Easy M and M Cookie Recipe
- Chewy Chocolate Turtle Cookies
- Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Eggnog Pudding Cookies
- rimmed baking sheet
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup eggnog
- 1/2 cup festive sprinkles
- Preheat oven 350*
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and white sugar.
- Add cinnamon, pudding packet, baking soda, and egg. Whisk well to combine.
- Next, stir in flour and eggnog a little bit at a time.
- Use a cookie scoop, and scoop the dough into your hand.
- Pour sprinkles into a bowl and roll the cookie dough ball into the sprinkles until evenly coated. Then, press down gently on the dough in your palm to slightly flatten into a circle. Place the cookie onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Put the cookies in the oven on the center rack and bake for 13 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!