November 18, 2011

No Roll Soft Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Frosting

Impress your neighbors this holiday season with a very yummy and unique treat!  Sure, nothing is unique about sugar cookies, but what about eggnog frosting?  Oh, it is very unique and extremely delicious!  I posted the eggnog frosting recipe the other day and these are the soft sugar cookies that I slathered the frosting all over.  The best part about these sugar cookies is that there is NO ROLLING REQUIRED!!!!  I thought the frosting went perfectly with sugar cookies, because the frosting is not too sweet and since sugar cookies are pretty sweet, they balance each other out.  If you like eggnog, then YOU MUST MAKE THESE!  If you're not a sugar cookie fan, then try the frosting on a cupcake or maybe a brownie?
Soft Sugar Cookies (No Roll)
adapted from: Annie's Eats

4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 large eggs
3 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the bowl as needed.  Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed.  Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.  When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet(s), placing 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.  Bake 10-12 minutes (mine took 14 min.) or until just set.  Do not overbake.  The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if browned at all.  Let cool on baking sheet for several minutes.  Cool completely and frost with Eggnog Frosting.  Yield: 4 dozen cookies.   

Jenn's Notes: I loved that I didn't have to roll-out these cookies!  I had a hard time figuring out exactly how long to bake them and I was worried, because the recipe said to not overbake.  My first batch I went 12 minutes and they were not done.  I finally figured out that about 14 minutes was perfect.  The night I made these they were not my favorite, but the next day they were really really good!  They are very very soft, but they are pretty heavy.  I will make them again!  

Whipped Eggnog Frosting
original recipe from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe
eggnog version from: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3 Tbl. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. store-bought eggnog
2 tsp. vanilla extract
24 Tbl. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
a few shakes of nutmeg, to taste

In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.  Slowly whisk in the eggnog until the mixture is smooth.  Place a fine-mesh strainer over a medium saucepan and pour the eggnog mixture through the strainer into the saucepan.  Cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture boils and is thick enough that it starts to become difficult to easily whisk.  This could take anywhere between 5-10 minutes, depending on your stove, heat, etc.  It should bubble quite a bit at the end (be careful of the splatters) and thicken considerably.  

Transfer the mixture to a clean bowl and cool to room temperature – this is extremely important!  If it is even slightly warm, the frosting won’t beat up properly.  I refrigerated my initial mixture overnight.  If you do this, make sure to pull it out in time to let it warm back up to room temperature.  If you try to proceed with the rest of the recipe and the mixture is too cold, the butter won’t absorb into the frosting like it should.  Once the frosting is completely cooled to room temperature (it should have no hint of warmth at all!), beat the mixture with the vanilla on low speed until it is well combined, about 30 seconds (a stand mixer will work best for this). Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat the frosting until all the butter has been incorporated fully, about 2 minutes. Add a few shakes of nutmeg.  Taste and add more if desired.  Increase the speed to medium-high and let the mixer work it’s magic. Beat the frosting for five minutes, until it is light and fluffy. Let the frosting sit at room temperature until it is a bit more stiff, about 1 hour.  Yield: about 4 cups (enough for a two-layer 9-inch cake) 

Jenn's Notes:  I seriously loved this frosting.  I loved the flavor and the texture.  It is light like whipped cream, yet more sturdy (it holds its shape very well) and it is not too sweet.  I can't wait to try a plain vanilla version and a chocolate version.  This might become my new go-to frosting!  I cooked mine until it looked like a thick pudding and let it cool overnight in the fridge.  The next day, I got it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature before whipping.  Something magic happens when you whip it.  It turns from a small bowl of pudding to a big bowl of whipped yumminess!  It still tastes amazing several days later!


  1. Yum! Eggnog frosting sounds delicious!

  2. EGGNOG Frosting?!!!! I gotta try this! Thanks so much for putting it out there :)

  3. Ok, I am officially following you now! These recipes are amazing and I have sat here for the last hour looking at all the yummy things and thinking of an excuse to make all of them!

  4. Sound delish! I have pinned this, can't wait to make them for the holidays - I am sugar cookie & eggnog lover for sure.

  5. OMG, I bet this frosting would be fantastic on cupcakes or angel food cake, too! Looks heavenly.

  6. Loving your site! You have so many unique recipes. And eggnog frosting?? Sounds like heaven. Eggnog anything is good news in my book. Can't wait to try it.

  7. My daughter and I will have a time making these this week! LOVE that there is no rolling required!

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  8. Oh yummmmy - these look fantastic!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. these sounds so good I'd love it if you would add this to my link party at

  10. Jenn, these look so darn good! I can't wait until my youngest daughter gets home from college tonight. We will have fun making these :)

  11. These look so good! Thanks for sharing! Shay :)

  12. I got to tell you I never heard of eggnog frosting, I've typically had my eggnog with a little "hard" stuff inside. To be honest when I seen the picture I wished I could reach in to the screen and take one. They look delish. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best!

  13. Making these today! Finally. I wanted to make sure I give you full credit, do you have a FB page?

  14. I'm so excited to try these! I absolutely hate rolling at sugar cookies! I end up throwing dough around because I get so upset.

    Thanks for posting! I love following you :)

  15. @Sara - No I don't have a FB page, but I was thinking I need to get one! I think you'll love the cookies!

  16. Sucess! My hubby (who rarely expresses positiveness about food) said, "those are really good". Which is like someone else having a foodgasm!

  17. @Sara - I am so glad you guys liked the cookies!! I love hearing that!

  18. This is definitely on my "to try" list. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  19. Yummy! These look so good!! Thank you for sharing such a unique idea! Angie xo

  20. These sound soooo yummy! I love egg nog & these would be a perfect holiday cookie.

  21. These sound awesome! I'm looking for some new cookie recipes for our house, since we'll still head to my mom's for Christmas. I want yummy and different from hers.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

  22. Those look like the best sugar cookies ever!