Dark Chocolate Chunk Eggnog Cookies
Guess what I saw in the store over the weekend? Eggnog… and snowflake-shaped Ritz crackers… and red and green Hershey’s kisses. We’re still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but I can’t help but getting sucked into the Christmas hoopla no matter how early it is. If I heard a Christmas carol today, I don’t think I’d mind. I’ve made a number of eggnog-infused treats in the past – things like cheesecake bars and fudge – that have adhered to the tried and true flavor combination of eggnog and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. When I was dreaming up eggnog cookies, I saw a lot of examples that had the same flavor profile. In true chocoholic fashion, I decided to ditch the spices and throw in dark chocolate. Sometimes change is good, right?
These are wonderfully soft cookies and the dark chocolate is a perfect balance to the sweet eggnog. There’s definitely a good abundance of yin and yang going on with these cookies, right on down to the color! You can make these cookies a variety of sizes – a small or medium cookie scoop (1 to 2 tablespoons) will yield perfectly plump cookies, the perfect size for sharing at a cookie exchange or for making cookie trays for company. Since I can’t help myself, I made mine a little larger. Shocking, right?!
This evening, I’m hosting a Twitter party at 8pm EST on behalf of Hood EggNog, the dairy company that produces a huge variety of eggnog flavors, which include things like pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla… even sugar cookie! So much deliciousness going on! The Twitter party is going to focus on planning cookie swaps – tips on organizing them, ideas for recipes, etc. I hope you’ll follow me on Twitter and come hang out for an hour while we chat about the holidays and cookies – two of my favorite topics!
What is your favorite cookie recipe to take to a cookie exchange or swap?
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Two years ago: Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Four years ago: Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti
Dark Chocolate Chunk Eggnog Cookies
- 1 cup (125 g) + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup (100 g) + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (63.5 ml) Hood Golden EggNog
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- ½ cup (85 g) dark chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggnog, egg yolk and vanilla extract; continue beating on medium speed until completely combined, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chunks.
- Using a small or medium cookie scoop (1 or 2 tablespoons), drop dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake from 20 to 25 minutes (longer for larger cookies), or until the edges are set and the centers spring back when touched lightly. Remove from oven and, using a spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Disclaimer: I have been provided with products and compensated for my time by Hood, but my opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments.
I made these cookies today. I added extra egg nog after reading the reviews. Absolutely no egg nog flavor. Cookies are very bland except for the chocolate chunks. Maybe brown sugar or something else would help. Very disappointed.
Can I use semi-sweet chocolate chips?
Hi Liz, Yes, absolutely!
Very disappointing! Did not taste the eggnog at all! Not bad tasting, but rather cake-like texture. Don’t even bother trying them.
I was so excited about these cookies! They are yummy but I definitely don’t tasting the egg nog at all!
I just took out of the freezer my leftover egg nog from Christmas to make these gems. In the oven as we speak.
I love eggnog and cookies so this recipe will be going in my holiday mix. Do you know of any eggnog ice cream recipes? Thanks!
Hi Amy, I have seen some eggnog ice cream recipes floating around the Internet, but I haven’t made any yet, so I don’t have one in particular to recommend.
I just made these cookies, and I thought they were good! I didn’t have any dark chocolate chunks, so I used hershey’s dark chocolate chips. I also like my cookies a little more browned, so I gave them 27 minutes. I also tripled the recipe, or there would not have been any left when my girls started coming home from school.
I made these and did not enjoy them. There’s not enough sugar in the recipe. They’re pretty flavorless except for the chips. I’ll try a normal recipe and then add a little eggnog instead. I added more sugar and am waiting for that batch to turn out. But my initial baking yielded gross cookies
I just took a batch of these out of the oven and my taste test found them rather
bland and not really tasting of eggnog. Maybe a bit of nutmeg would help.
I was wowed by the raw dough, and so hopeful. The chocolate chunks I purchased (Nestle) were large chunks and I think they overwhelmed the cookie – I couldn’t taste the eggnog for the chocolate. While very good, I think next time I would use a smaller chunk (if they make them) or perhaps even mini chips so that the taste of the eggnog came through. Still yummy!
I love this blog and so far all the recipes I’ve made have been fantastic! These cookies were good, but unfortunately, you couldn’t really taste the eggnog. Any suggestions to enhance the eggnog flavor?
I was curious about the same thing. Just bumping up the egg nog flavor a bit. Would adding extra egg nog cause problems, I wonder?
I made these and they are really soft but I don’t taste the egg nog at all. I’m so disappointed. I think the dark chocolate completely over powers the cookie and while that wouldn’t normally bother me I was specifically looking for an egg nog cookie
I agree entirely. I made these for a cookie exchange party and luckily I made a practice batch a few days prior. I decided to add more eggnog than the recipe called for in the “real” batch, but was still disappointed. Everyone seemed to love the cookies and I even won the prize, but I think people were more excited about the concept than the actual taste. Probably won’t be making these again.
These are just so beautiful. And I LOVE Eggnog cookies
I’m in the UK and can’t get hoof egg nog have you a recipe or suggest an alternative so I can try before I head to MA for Christmas when I will definitely try the recipe as written.
Hi Helen, You can use any type of eggnog, including homemade!
Hi Michelle … what is the measurement of the eggnog suppose to be .. it says 1/1 cup. Can’t wait to make these .. they look delicious :) Thanks so much :)
Hi Shellina, It actually says ¼ cup.
Thanks so much for the info Michelle .. not sure why it says or looks like 1/1 cup my computer .. I see the salt say the same thing .. so I will assume its 1/4 tsp. Thanks again so much .. can’t wait to make them .. they look so GOOD :)
I don’t think I’ve ever had eggnog. There is something about these cookies that is drawing me in. They are so big and look super soft and chewy!
I adore eggnog flavor, but sometimes it’s too much too drink. Lovely idea to put eggnog in cookies! I can’t wait!
Can these be made without the chocolate and do you recommend any other substitutes? Like maybe nuts? Thx. Also is eggnog flavor strong?
Hi Lorie, You could substitute the chocolate with chopped nuts, if you prefer.
My hubby loves egg nog. Will have to mAke these!
When I have tried nutmeg and milk chocolate together in the past, it was a huge fail. Maybe the dark chocolate has enough bite, and the eggnog has just the hint of nutmeg…
These look great :)
These sound so amazing, I can’t even deal! Eggnog in cookies is just genius.
Dark chocolate chunks?? I can totally do this!!
Stores in my area have had eggnog since at least mid-October. Once we get into November I won’t complain too much, but eggnog before Halloween? That’s getting out of hand.
That being said, these cookies look amazing!
It was about time we had some eggnog recipes! Yay! Thanks a lot for this one, the cookies look amazing!
This recipe has me so excited for holiday baking! I don’t really drink eggnog, but I do love baking with it :) Definitely putting these cookies on my to-do list for December!
I am SO ready for eggnog recipes!! Love this!
I still am not a fan of drinking eggnog, but I LOVE to cook/bake with it. Cannot wait to try these once the stores stat selling eggnog. Or I break down and make my own.
A must for my Christmas cookie plate.
OMG I love these cookies!!! I really want to try baking with eggnog this year.
I’ve been thinking that I need to make a few eggnog desserts this year. I can’t wait to try these cookies. They look decadent and perfect for the season!
I’m with you on the Christmas ‘hoopla’ — I just love it. I’m actually considering starting to decorate our house since my twin four-year old girls REALLY want to! It just goes by so fast I like to enjoy Christmas as long as possible! Love the egg nog cookie idea. Definitely trying it!
I can’t believe it is already time for eggnog and Christmas food! But I am not complaining :) Your cookies look great! What a creative use for eggnog – love it!
I love the idea of eggnog and chocolate together, definitely can’t wait to give it a try!!
I love eggnog and you are right in that that is the way to tell the season is near. Hooray for eggnog and these cookies!
Holler for egg nog! Loving these cookies. :)
Time to break out the eggnog! Crazy that it’s less than 2 months until Christmas!
I have never tried eggnog! Will have to attempt to track it down here in the UK
If you can’t find it to buy, you can always make your own! :) The rum should NOT be optional.
Love that you added dark chocolate to an eggnog dessert! So good!
YAY!! So excited for Christmas treats!
I’ve never baked with egg nog before – love this!!
Can this recipe be doubled?
Hi Elizabeth, Yes, you could definitely double this recipe.
Oh yes these will be my cookie for Christmas Cookie Exchange this year!!! Now I have to hope I don’t eat them all before that night! I love eggnog in baking. Thanks for sharing this one!
Loooove this idea. Eggnog and chocolate-seems like an obviously great pair once you think of it…but nobody usually does. Glad you did;)
Oh, I say yay for Christmas music now if it makes you happy!
These sound AMAZING. Even the name makes me absolutely crave them! xo
Michelle these look GREAT!!!! I was just thinking about eggnog recipes and what to make this year with it. I’ve done eggnog donuts and a cake, but never cookies. These are so great! Pinning!
And that’s cool you’re hosting a twitter party! I wish I could crash the party but only if you’re serving these cookies :)
Just seeing the words chocolate chunk and eggnog together in the same line got my heart racing, but where’s the nutmeg? (you just CAN’T have eggnog without it!) And is a 1/4 cup really enough to know it’s in there?
The nutmeg would probably be in the egg nog. Which is why the recipe doesnt call for it.