Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies

by Jillian

Soft, thick, and lusciously buttery cookies infused with the richness of eggnog! Sure to please everyone at your next holiday cookie exchange!

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

What do you get when you combine the softest, chewiest, gooiest, cloud of a cookie with one of the most iconic Christmas beverages?


Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

If the Powerpuff Girls were cookies, I’m pretty sure this is what they would taste like. After all, they ARE made of “sugar and spice, and everything nice,” aren’t they?

That’s exactly what these are.

These clouds of powdered sugary goodness are infused with just the right amount of eggnog that’s not too overpowering–1/3 cup to be exact. In fact, one of my friends tried a cookie (plus a few more) and LOVED them even though she doesn’t like eggnog. 

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

While there are several gooey butter cookie recipes that use cake mix in the dough, I found it just as easy to make these cookies without the cake mix. You’re basically just replacing the cake mix with flour, sugar, and baking powder which are all ingredients that should already be in your pantry anyway.

See? Easy peasy eggnog squeezy!

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

Cream cheese is the not-so-secret ingredient in these cookies that keeps them extra soft and undeniably gooey and moist in the center for days and days. This recipe uses an entire 8 ounce package along with one stick of butter. Hey, I said these were gooey butter cookies, not gooey “healthy” cookies.

I always get the best results when using cream cheese in cookies because they always turn out so soft and chewy without being cakey and crumbly. Plus, the richness and flavor that it adds to the cookies is h-h-h-h-heavenly, to say the least.

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

Before baking these little powder puffs in the oven, I rolled them in a generous snow angel dusting of powdered sugar. And when they came out of the oven all puffed up and perfect, I let them cool…before dunking them in yet another coat of powdered sugar. Because there’s no such thing as too much sugar when it comes to cookies.

Or when it comes to anything in life, really.

So if you’re looking for a winning (and super duper EASY) cookie to bring to your next holiday party, try these!

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

They’ll be gone in seconds.

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies | A baJillian Recipes

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies

Soft, thick, and lusciously buttery cookies infused with the richness of eggnog! Sure to please everyone at your next holiday cookie exchange!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Dozen


  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar for rolling


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together. Add sugar and cream together until mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in the egg, followed by the eggnog and vanilla.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven the 350ºF; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Once dough has chilled, form into one-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place onto prepared baking sheet, about two-inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until puffy and edges have set and tops are just set. They may looked slightly undercooked, but they will firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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