Maker's Mark Eggnog Spiced Butter Cookies
Maker's Mark Eggnog Spiced Butter Cookies

Eggnog Spiced Butter Cookies

Serves: 2 dozen

If you’re looking for some spirited treats this holiday, cooking with Maker’s Mark® is almost as good as sipping it. Bourbon has a variety of uses in all sorts of dishes, but the caramel and vanilla flavors really shine when baking with it. These Eggnog Spiced Butter Cookies are no exception. As you might expect, these are great served alongside eggnog (check out our favorite recipe below) or simply with Maker’s® neat, on the rocks or with a splash. Trace amounts of alcohol may exist after baking but should be almost entirely cooked off at this temperature and duration of time.

Prep time
4 hours 30 minutes – includes chilling dough
Cook time
About 10 minutes
Total time
4 hours 40 minutes

What to get

  • 2 tbsp. Maker’s Mark®
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses (or maple syrup)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp. salt

What to do

  1. Mix butter and sugar with mixer until fluffy.
  2. Slowly add in egg yolk, Maker’s Mark and molasses.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, spices and salt.
  4. Add to butter mixture and mix until combined. The dough will be in clumps. Pack them together and chill dough for at least 4 hours (and up to 4 days) until firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Roll out dough into 1/8-inch thickness and cut into shape of choice.
  7. Bake for 8–11 minutes each or until lightly golden on the edges.
  8. Transfer to racks to cool.
Notes from Chef Newman
Go soft
Soft, room temperature butter is essential, so consider leaving it out overnight or take it out in the morning. If you forget, don’t use melted butter. It can make for a tougher cookie.
Colorful cookies
For something a little more festive, you can add color to these cookies with a few drops of food coloring or sprinkle the tops with decorator’s sugar just before baking. Different-shaped cookie cutters can also add some fun.
Wheat is neat
Wheated bourbon like Maker’s Mark is sweeter than high rye bourbons. It will enhance cookies, pies, jams and sauces that pair with smoky flavors.
Flame out
Don’t pour bourbon over an open flame. To be extra safe, use a measuring cup. Fire can chase back to the bottle – and to your hand – if you add the bourbon straight from the bottle.