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Eggnog Thumbprints

These cute cookie bites always get a recipe request. They make special holiday gifts and freeze well, too.— Mary Ann Ludwig, Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional ground nutmeg


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Place walnuts in a separate shallow bowl. Dip balls in egg whites; roll in walnuts.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in center of each with your thumb. Bake 10-12 minutes or until center is set. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat butter and extract until creamy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough milk to reach spreading consistency. If desired, beat in food coloring. Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon filling. Sprinkle with additional nutmeg.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 82 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • BakerDeborah
    Dec 21, 2017

    Very yummy! I doubled the recipe, and only got 41 cookies using my melon baller, though. I will tweak it next time, up the butter to 3/4 cup, double the nutmeg and rum ext. The rum flavored buttercream is awesome!

  • redcow
    Dec 17, 2016

    Made these for my Christmas plates this year. I doubled the recipe and only got 56 cookies. the cookies are time consuming. I added extra nutmeg to the dough, as it was a personal preference. I only dipped half of the cookies in the nuts. I baked some cookies with the nuts on the bottom and some with the nuts on the tops. My thumbprint "baked out" so I only had a very slight indentation on top of the cookies so the filling become more of a frosting. I was pleased with the flavor and will probably make again.

  • quilterdottie
    Dec 3, 2016

    Do these cookies have to be refrigerated, as there is milk in the frosting? They are delicious!!

  • billsbunch
    Nov 15, 2015

    Very, very delicious, but a lot of work for 28 cookies. I would say 1 inch balls were too large! Try smaller balls. I also had to use additional nuts. And I doubled the rum extract in the frosting.

  • Steffy39
    Oct 13, 2013

    One little thing from the original recipe, this one FORGOT to sprinkle nutmeg on top to give it the "rum plus nutmeg" eggnog taste, after piping the filling. I've been making these for years and it is one of my friends' and family's favorite cookie.

  • ladysi43
    Dec 8, 2012

    My boss brought us some of these the nuts and frosting was a great combo but sweet.

  • love2beMom
    Dec 19, 2011

    Maybe I did something wrong, but I made a batch & a half, and still didn't get 4 dozen cookies out of this recipe. I needed more nuts, too. The cookies were very yummy, though!

  • precious moment
    Nov 15, 2011

    I love the flavor of eggnog. So this cookie is my favorite and I intend to make it for the cookie exchange with friends this year. It will take top honors as the best at the party.

  • shonnaoquinn
    Mar 8, 2011

    This cookie recipe is basically the same as one that I've made for years called P'Nut Sittn' Pretties. However, the eggnog cream was to die for! My dad, who isn't a big sweets fan, raved about these. We were licking the bowl that the cream was made in. Yummy!

  • Mrsfennig
    Feb 7, 2011

    The filling was very good. Made for the Holidays. Would double the recipe next year these are pretty cute little things. One substitution I made was rum cream instead of rum extract I didn't have any.