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.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Dough Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time38 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
- 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
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp eggnog
- Pinch nutmeg
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.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg, and salt.
With mixer running on low speed, slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat to just blend, taking care not to over-mix.
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.
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.
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.
Dip cooled cookies in eggnog icing and sprinkle on remaining crushed pecans. Let icing harden before serving.
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.