These eggnog cookie bars came right in time for the holiday season! Experience the eggnog flavor in these sugar cookie bars that have everyone returning for more! They are soft, and buttery, and melt in your mouth with delicious deep nutmeg and eggnog flavors that you will become obsessed with!
Why You Need to Make These Eggnog Cookie Bars
- Turn those regular sugar cookie bars into a fun holiday treat.
- Indulge in the best time of year with this delicious recipe.
- Spruce up your Christmas cookie platter with one of many new holiday desserts.
- Use up that leftover eggnog by turning it into Christmas cookies.
- Save a trip to the grocery stores for their cookies and make your own instead.
- Get your little ones involved in decorating these delicious cookie bars.
What is Eggnog and What Does It Take Like?
Eggnog is a creamy drink made with milk, sugar, whipped eggs, and nutmeg. It is a delicious holiday drink that is used to make cocktails but can also be enjoyed as is or used in baked goods.
It has a rich nutmeg and vanilla flavor with a velvety texture thanks to the eggs and cream.
Ingredients For The Eggnog Cookie Bars
- Butter: The butter is essential to the structure and flavor of the cookie bar. Make sure to leave some aside for the frosting after.
- Granulated White Sugar: It can’t be a sugar cookie without sugar, am I right?
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar provides a boost to the texture and keeps these eggnog bar cookies extra chewy.
- Egg: The egg is our binding agent.
- Eggnog: Creamy eggnog is the star ingredient in these eggnog cookie bars. Make sure to use full-fat eggnog, not the reduced-fat kind to make sure that the texture of both the sugar cookie bars as well as the frosting stays rich and delicious.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract alongside sugar is the main flavor of sugar cookies. It’s valuable in all sweet treats to help bring out the natural flavors of the other ingredients, which is the eggnog in this case.
- All-Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour works great for this recipe.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder gives rise to these eggnog cookies to make them fluffy and airy.
- Nutmeg: The fresh nutmeg pairs brilliantly with all eggnog recipes and really balances out its flavor.
- Salt: Note to all bakers out there, salt is a must-have to make all of your desserts taste even better.
Ingredients For The Frosting Of The Eggnog Cookie Bars
- Butter: The butter will be the base of this frosting.
- Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar will combine with the butter to create a decadent icing for you to top your cookie bars with.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds great additional notes while letting the flavors truly shine.
- Eggnog: We’re making the frosting to be eggnog flavored as well to go with the eggnog cookie bars, it’s an eggnog extravaganza!
- Nutmeg: A dash of nutmeg on the very top is the perfect garnish for your beautiful eggnog cookie bars.
How To Make The Eggnog Cookie Bars
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lay a sheet of parchment paper over the baking pan. Make sure that there is extra paper hanging over the sides that you will be able to grab from later on.
- In the large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar and white with the hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Then add the egg, vanilla extract, and eggnog to the butter and sugar and mix again.
- In one of the medium bowls, pour in the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Gently whisk them together.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in increments and mix until you have a soft dough. Make sure to not overmix the dough to keep the cookie bars extra soft.
- Plop the cookie dough into the prepared baking dish and press into the bottom. Make sure you fill the sides and spread it as evenly as possible.
- Bake in the oven for 25-27 minutes. Or until the edges are golden and the toothpick test in the center comes out clean.
- Take the bars out of the oven and place them on the wire rack.
How To Make The Frosting
- In the second medium bowl, pour in the softened butter, powdered sugar, eggnog, and vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients with the electric mixer until they are combined and are light and fluffy.
- Once the bars are at room temperature, pour in and spread the frosting in an even layer over the top. Sprinkle your nutmeg on the frosting.
- You can chill your bars in the fridge for a little to allow the frosting to set so that you can have beautiful sharp slices.
- Once the frosting has set, remove the bars from the pan by grabbing each side of the parchment paper and lifting. Cut the bars into equal squares and enjoy!
How To Store These Eggnog Cookie Bars?
Place the bars in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to a week.
Can I freeze these Eggnog sugar cookie bars?
For longer storage, wrap each bar in plastic wrap first, then place it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer. Pull them out of the freezer a couple of hours ahead of time for them to get to room temperature for you to enjoy them again.
I like to leave them in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours before serving.
Eggnog cookie bars recipe
The Best Eggnog Cookie Bars
- ½ cup butter salted or unsalted, softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup eggnog
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 then line an 8×8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, which should take about 2-3 minutes.½ cup butter, ¾ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar
- Add the egg, eggnog, and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture, and beat until well combined.1 egg, ⅓ cup eggnog, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until the flour mixture disappears.2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon salt
- Press the cookie dough into the prepared 8×8-inch pan, spreading it out evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Make the frosting
- While the bars are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter, powdered sugar, eggnog, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.¼ cup butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, ¼ cup eggnog, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Once the bars are completely cool, spread the frosting evenly over the top. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, then chill in the fridge for a few minutes for the frosting to set before slicing into the bars and serving.A pinch of nutmeg
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