Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies are a soft cookie base with a creamy eggnog flavored filling. These are perfect for your holiday cookie tray, whether you are serving them at a party, or giving them away as a gift!

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

These tender, delicious bites of heaven are perfect for comforting your soul when it’s cold outside. Just snuggling up under a blanket with a couple of these cookies, a hot beverage, and a good book is my idea of a relaxing afternoon!

Our weather lately has been nasty and unpredictable. We go from rain to snow, to ice, and what the weather underground this morning calls a snow freezing fog! Yesterday all our snow disappeared and we were left with some puddles of ice here and there. Of course, of all places, we had a huge ice spot at the bottom of our driveway!

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies to the rescue!

Our driveway is at a slope then when you get to the top, it can slope down the other way. I made the mistake already this year of pulling into that downslope and got stuck at home after a huge snowstorm. I was preparing myself so I could drive right down and out of our driveway this morning. 

Eggnog Thumbprint CookiesAfter I got in the house I put my stuff away and walked out the front door to get the mail. I didn’t bother to turn the front porch light on, I figured the floodlight in the back of the driveway would be enough. Mind you, it is pretty dark already but I can see some of a glow anyway. I’m walking down to the mailbox and just a few feet before I get there I slip and I fall – landing on my left forearm. I’m left-handed. I do most everything with that side!. We all know I tried to stop that fall or I would have just landed on my butt. So, I whimpered my way through the night, landed back on the couch at about 1 AM where Rudy and Chubby decided to race through the house and make all kinds of noise.

Painfully Sleepless nights!

Finally, after my 100th millionth threat to throw them out in the snow around 2:30 they settled down and I turned the TV on real low. I eventually fell asleep until I heard Grumpy’s alarm going off upstairs at about 5:15 AM. Needless to say, my backside doesn’t hurt, but I can’t lift my arm without a lot of pain. I’m sure I’m going to be sore a few days but now today I’m going to be trying to keep the pain under control and try to get some sleep that my annoying cats haven’t allowed me to get. I still love them, but last night I didn’t love them so much!

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Now that I have whined to you all about my pain and misery I’ll tell you about the Eggnog Thumbprints I made earlier this week. The cookies I didn’t want to stop eating. The cookies that even Grumpy liked (they are soft)!

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

I’m all talked out so I’ll just tell you they are delicious. Especially that filling. It’s creamy and yummy and I couldn’t get enough of that rummy filling in the center of the cookie.

Tips for making Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Use a piping bag instead of “spooning” the filling. It works wonderfully!
  2. Use spiced rum instead of rum extract to intensify that “authentic” eggnog flavor.
  3. Don’t be afraid to put a good thumbprint dent in that cookie! Then be sure to be generous with the filling. You will thank me later for that, I promise.

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Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies are a soft cookie base with a creamy eggnog flavored filling. These are perfect for your holiday cookie tray, whether you are serving them at a party, or giving them away as a gift!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon spiced rum


In a large mixer bowl beat 3/4 cup butter till softened. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat til fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and salt and beat well. Add flour and beat til well mixed. Cover and chill about 1 hour or till easy to handle.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down centers with thumb. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 12 minutes or till done. Remove and cool.

For filling, in a small mixer bowl beat 1/4 cup butter til softened. Add powdered sugar and beat till fluffy. Add rum and beat well. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon filling into center of each cookie. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Chill till filling is firm. Makes about 50.


*You may substitute 1 tablespoon milk and 1/4 teaspoon rum extract for the rum.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 54mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 7g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.