Eggnog and peppermint are a holiday flavor combination dream come true! These Eggnog Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are packed with crushed candy canes and a delicious eggnog frosting.
(This recipe for Eggnog Peppermint Sandwich Cookies was originally posted in December 2012, but was updated with new photos in 2019).
Happy Friday before Christmas!! I had a cocktail all ready to go for you because I really haven't celebrated Cocktail Friday with y'all in quite a while (hangs head in shame). But then I got all panicked and realized this was really my last day to share a holiday recipe on the blog.
And if you're looking for some last-minute ideas on what to make for a little treat, you are probably looking now. So, my cocktail post can wait until next week. Cocktails are always in style, right? Unfortunately, eggnog and candy canes are not. And it's a dang shame I tell ya.
Though the holiday season has gone by way too quickly, I have to say that I'm quite pleased by the number of eggnog and peppermint recipes I packed in. Clearly, they have been my flavors of the season and I'm going to miss them dearly. I'm also going to miss Celestial Seasoning's Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea and all of the Polar Seltzer winter/holiday flavors, though I will probably not stop drinking them any time soon.
Now we're moving on to all of those fabulous January and February flavors like um… yeah. Really, though, I have a feeling sweet potatoes and blood oranges will be making many appearances in my life in the next couple months. But eggnog and peppermint will never be far from my thoughts.
EGGNOG PEPPERMINT SANDWICH COOKIES RECIPE
While both eggnog and peppermint are popular holiday flavors, it's rare that they're ever combined. And I did exactly that with these eggnog peppermint sandwich cookies. There's both eggnog and crushed candy canes in the cookies and once the cookies are spread with eggnog frosting, they're then dipped into more crushed candy canes.
These peppermint cookies are easy to make and the perfect touch to a holiday cookie platter. I promise they're the kind of cookie that everyone reaches for since they're a bit more unique than the typical Christmas cookie.
To start, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
In a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with hand mixer), cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggnog and egg yolks to the batter and beat until combined.
Now, slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, with the mixer set to low, until just blended. Be careful not to over-mix. Gently fold in half of the crushed candy canes, reserving half for after the cookies are baked.
Place tablespoon size scoops of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 18-22 minutes. I bake until the edges are just turning golden and the middles are still nice and soft. If you bake them too long, the cookies can get a little tough due to the crushed candy canes, so keep your eye on them!
Let cookies cool a bit on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cookies are cooling, whip up the eggnog frosting. Simply cream together the butter and confectioners' sugar. Then mix in the eggnog. You can always add a bit more eggnog if you want a thinner frosting. Just make sure it's thick enough to frost those eggnog peppermint cookies with!
Once your cookies are completely cool, spread some frosting on one side of one and place another cookie on top. Press down so the frosting comes out the edges. Repeat until all the cookies are turned into sandwiches.
Then roll each eggnog peppermint sandwich cookie into the remaining crushed candy canes.
And your holidays may resume. Seriously though, I'm so excited that after all my eggnog recipes and all my peppermint recipes for the year, I finally combined them together. Now somebody just needs to come up with an eggnog peppermint latte.
Like really, though, can we make that happen? Because these eggnog peppermint sandwich cookies would go perfectly with one.
The thing is, there are cookies. And then there are sandwich cookies. And I will almost always choose a sandwich cookie over a plain old cookie. Because… Frosting. That's the only reason I need. Although you could also argue you're essentially getting two cookies in one.
With these sandwich cookies, I'm an especially big fan of the eggnog flavored frosting. Even if you think you don't like eggnog, you need to try these. For the most part, people who are anti-eggnog are mainly just anti the consistency. And this is simply frosting packed with delicious nutmeg-y holiday flavor.
OK and the crushed peppermint is just the icing on the cake. Er, no. I guess I mean the icing on top of the icing on the eggnog peppermint sandwich cookie. Close enough!
You should definitely make these cookies to bring these to all your holiday parties this weekend 🙂 Or just make them for yourself and eat a batch at home. It's the holidays; you're allowed. You could save one for Santa if you're feeling nice or just need to get a last-minute bribe in.
To all our lovely readers, I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate!) and have the chance to spend time with your loved ones. I'll be in Virginia with my in-laws and am so psyched to see them! I'm also going to miss my parents and sister and bro-in-law SO SO much. It's my first Christmas away from my parents and it's definitely a little bit tough. But we're going to celebrate with them when we get back to Boston and will just pretend it's Christmas all over again.
And I count myself pretty lucky that I'm 30 and have spent every single Christmas of my life with my parents 🙂 And we will have many, many more!
Do you have any holiday baking plans?
If you're looking for more ways to enjoy eggnog this holiday season, check out my Spiked Eggnog Doughnuts and my Eggnog Linzer Cookies. For more peppermint, see my recipes for and peppermint this holiday season, check out my Peppermint Marshmallow Ice Cream and my Chocolate Peppermint Sour Cream Crinkle Cookies. Lastly, if you're including these eggnog peppermint sandwich cookies on your holiday cookie trays, be sure to check out my post on How to Arrange the Perfect Holiday Cookie Platter. I'm also excited to make these Polar Bear Claw Cookies from Whipped It Up!
Eggnog Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ sp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup eggnog
- 2 large egg yolks
- ½ cup crushed candy canes (about 10 regular size candy canes), divided
- Eggnog Frosting (recipe below)
- ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 Tbsp eggnong
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a stand mixer or in a large bowl with hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
- Add in eggnog and egg yolks and mix until combined.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until just blended, taking care not to over-mix. Fold in ⅓ cup of the crushed candy canes.
- Place tablespoon size scoops of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until cookies are just turning golden at edges but are still soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
- Once cookies are cooled completely, put remaining ⅓ cup crushed candy canes in a bowl. Spread eggnog frosting on one side of half the cookies and place another cookie on top of each, pressing down so the frosting comes out the edges. Roll each sandwich cookie in the crushed candy canes to coat frosting.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter and confectioners' sugar together. Mix in eggnog. If you want a thinner frosting, add in more eggnog, but remember, you want it to be spreadable on the cookies.