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Brighten your holidays with these Eggnog Spiced Butter Cookies that let the caramel and vanilla flavors of Maker’s Mark® shine. As you might expect, these are great served alongside eggnog or simply with Maker’s® neat. Trace amounts of alcohol may exist after baking but should be almost entirely cooked off at this temperature and duration of time.

Preparation Time
4 hours 30 minutes - includes chilling dough

Cook Time
About 10 minutes

Total Time
4 hours 40 minutes


  • 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
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  • Step 1

    Combine butter and sugar

    Mix butter and sugar with mixer until fluffy.
  • Step 2

    Slowly add in egg yolk, Maker’s Mark® and molasses

  • Step 3

    Combine your dry ingredients

    In a separate bowl, mix flour, spices and salt.
  • Step 4

    Mix everything together

    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.
  • Step 5

    Preheat oven to 350°F

  • Step 6

    Cut your dough

    Roll out dough into 1/8-inch thickness and cut into shape of choice.
  • Step 7

    Bake to perfection

    Bake for 8–11 minutes each or until lightly golden on the edges.

  • Step 8

    Transfer to racks to cool

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Eggnog Spiced Butter Cookies

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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