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Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies

These Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies with pecans and eggnog glaze are perfect for adding to your holiday cookie plates, bringing to cookie swaps, or gifting at holiday parties.

Head-on view of a stack of three gingerbread shortbread cookies with eggnog glaze and pecans on a white plate with pecan crumbles, cookies in the background and recipe title at the top

Happy November! Also, holy moly, how is it November already? As ridiculous as it sounds, it always seems like once Halloween ends, the holiday season officially kicks off. There are already Christmas commercials on television, for goodness sake. But I can’t complain too much because that means it’s now totally appropriate for me to be posting holiday recipes here on We are not Martha. And also totally acceptable for me to be eating holiday recipes while in my pajamas. There’s no way I’m putting batches of cookies and other baked goods to waste. In any event, I’m excited to commence this holiday season with a gingerbread recipe. Because I believe that gingerbread is one of the more underrated flavors of the holidays and we should celebrate it as much as possible over the next two months.

I’m a huge gingerbread fan and have made several fabulous recipes in the past like these Gingerbread Rolls and this Triple Gingerbread Ice Cream. Believe it or not, my dog is also a gingerbread fan, which we found out last year when I made here these Gingerbread Puppuccinos. And now I’m back with one of those recipes that’s incredibly simple, but also ridiculously delicious… One that should most definitely be a staple in your holiday cookie planning! Gingerbread shortbread cookies with pecans and eggnog glaze.

GINGERBREAD SHORTBREAD COOKIES RECIPE

I used to think shortbread was the most boring cookie in the world (always my very last choice of Girl Scout cookie). And to be honest, it’s still generally not my favorite. Unless that shortbread involves chocolate or is flavored with something delicious. And then it is my everything. I first learned this after making Alison Roman’s salted chocolate chunk shortbread. Inspired by those delicious cookies, I made these Rose Pistachio Shortbread Cookies. And I loved those so much, that I decided more shortbread needed to happen in my life and thus, these gingerbread shortcake cookies were born. Is gingerBREAD shortBREAD redundant? Possibly. But it just sounds so much better than ginger shortbread, so I’m going with it.

The batter is made with brown sugar, molasses, and lots of holiday spices. Once you mix the batter up, you’ll separate it into two batches and roll those two batches into 2″ logs that you’ll chill for a couple hours.

Collage showing process for making gingerbread shortbread cookies, including a photo of butter mixed with sugar and molasses, a photo of batter mixed together, and a photo of batter formed into two logs wrapped in plastic wrap

Then you’re ready to brush the chilled dough with an egg wash and roll it in a fabulous pecan and sugar mixture.

Collage showing process for making gingerbread shortbread cookies, including a bowl of decorative sugar and crushed pecans and a dough log on a cutting board coated in sugar and pecan mixture

Slice that dough into 1/4″ rounds.

 

Overhead view of a gingerbread shortbread cookie just sliced from the dough log and placed on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet

And bake away! While the cookies are baking, whip up a super simple eggnog glaze that literally just consists of confectioners’ sugar, eggnog, and nutmeg.

Overhead view of a bowl filled with eggnog glaze with a whisk

Let the cookies cool and then dip each of them in the eggnog glaze and sprinkle on some more pecans. That sugary pecan mix all along the edges of the cookies? omg SO good. Try not to eat any leftover eggnog glaze with a spoon. But hey, the way I see it, calories don’t count for the next 2 months. I know that’s really bad advice to give… But I just want us all to be happy and enjoy the holiday season.

Overhead close-up of gingerbread shortbread cookies stacked on a white plate with crushed pecans scattered around

If you’re a fan of gingerbread, gingerbread shortbread is such a wonderful way to enjoy it. The cookies are a little bit crispy and a little bit soft, making them, in my mind, the perfect consistency. and the eggnog glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness, balanced out by the nutty pecans. It’s the kind of cookie I see in my dreams over the holidays. Instead of visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, it’s definitely gingerbread shortbread cookies. And eggnog. All the time.

Overhead view of three gingerbread shortbread cookies on a white plate with crushed pecans with more cookies and glasses of eggnog in the background

You can never have too many cookie recipes in your holiday repertoire and gingerbread shortbread makes the perfect addition to any Christmas cookie plate. Do you and your friends do cookie swaps over the holidays? If so, this recipe is just unique enough that it’s not likely anyone else will have too similar of a cookie (you KNOW everyone brings Hershey Kiss blossoms and decorated sugar cookies) and delicious enough that everyone will be excited to bring them home.

You can also put a batch of these gingerbread shortbread cookies in a pretty box or bag and bring them along as a host/hostess gift to any holiday parties you’re invited to. Or give them to your neighbors. Or the mailman or UPS driver. Speaking of, do you give your delivery people holiday gifts? I never know if food is acceptable or if they’ll just immediately throw anything homemade in the trash.

 

Landscape view of three gingerbread shortbread cookies stacked on a white plate with crushed pecans and with a glass of eggnog in the background

Of course,  you can also simply whip up a batch and enjoy the way they make your home smell like the holiday season. And then sit on your couch with a batch of cookies and a glass of cold eggnog and be thankful for a little peace and quiet this holiday season. And maybe a Hallmark Christmas movie or two. Oh, how excited I am for Christmas movies (though I sadly do not get the Hallmark channel anymore and Hulu just informed us they will be charging extra money for Lifetime Movies…  Not the news I needed right before the holiday season).

Head-on view of a stack of three gingerbread shortbread cookies with eggnog glaze and pecans on a white plate with pecan crumbles and more cookies in the background

Anyway, Chris generally claims not to like nuts in his desserts, but he fell in love with these cookies! I don’t think he realized how much he liked shortbread either, until I started obsessively making it. I’m lucky in that he might like cheesy holiday movies even more than I do, so I foresee many evenings of cookies and Christmas love stories in our future.

Are you kicking off the holiday season yet?

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Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies -- These Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies with pecans and eggnog glaze are perfect for adding to your holiday cookie plates, bringing to cookie swaps, or gifting at holiday parties | wearenotmartha.com
Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Dough Chill Time
2 hrs
Total Time
38 mins
 

These Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies with pecans and eggnog glaze are perfect for adding to your holiday cookie plates, bringing to cookie swaps, or gifting at holiday parties.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, Gingerbread, holidays
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp all-spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup crushed pecans, divided
  • 1/4 cup decorative sugar
Eggnog Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp eggnog
  • Pinch nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.

  2. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg, and salt.

  3. With mixer running on low speed, slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat to just blend, taking care not to over-mix.

  4. Divide dough in half and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over dough to completely cover and use your hands to roll the dough into a smooth log, about 2" in diameter. Repeat with second half of dough and then place in fridge to chill until firm, about 2 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup crushed pecans and decorative sugar. Taking one dough log out of the fridge at a time, brush the outside of each log with egg wash and roll in pecan/sugar mixture.

  6. Slice each log into ½"-thick rounds and arrange on prepared baking sheet about 1" apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until edges are just beginning to turn golden. Let cool slightly on pan before moving to wire racks to cool completely before icing.

  7. Dip cooled cookies in eggnog icing and sprinkle on remaining crushed pecans. Let icing harden before serving.

Eggnog Icing
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, 3 Tbsp eggnog, and nutmeg. If icing is too thick, add another Tbsp eggnog, a little bit at a time.

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5 Responses to "Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies"

  1. Tara says:

    How festive! These gingerbread shortbread cookies sound incredible with that eggnog glaze and the pecans. So perfect for the holidays.

  2. Natalie says:

    I love gingerbread! These gingerbread shrtbreads look so delicious!

  3. Wajeeha says:

    I love anything gingerbread flavored! And these shortbread cookies look delicious. I agree with you plain shortbread cookies can be kind of boring, but your version looks perfect for the holiday season! 🙂

  4. Brian Jones says:

    I can’t believe you don’t typically like gingerbread…I am shocked and appaled 😉 lol, I love the flaovur of ginger in my cookies, these sound and look fantastic!

  5. This is a great holiday recipe to have my kids make as an after school activity.

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