Eggnog Cookie Bars

These Eggnog Cookie Bars are the perfect addition to you holiday dessert table! Light eggnog flavors packed into an easy cookie bar dessert!

Love eggnog??? I’m not sure why everyone isn’t obsessed with this holiday treat but we sure are! Check out our super popular Eggnog Cocktail  and this new favorite, a Peppermint Eggnog Cocktail complete with a crushed candy rim!

Eggnog cookie bars on a white platter

A Rum Flavored Cookie Bar Recipe

I mean what’s Christmas without a little boozy dessert? These Eggnog Cookie Bars are really the perfect Christmas cookie if you ask me. Cookie bars are SO easy to make, just pour in a pan, bake and slice.

These cookie bars don’t actually have eggnog in them, just all the flavors that remind you of eggnog, mainly rum. We’re using dark rum for this festive dessert but you can also use brandy or bourbon if rum isn’t your thing. Cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and brown sugar round out all the other eggnog flavors.

How Do You Make Eggnog Cookie Bars?

So, so easy my friends. If you’re not a baker or maybe you’re baking a dozen other cookies but just need one easy Christmas cookie recipe in your back pocket, this recipe is the one.

  1. Start by adding all the dry ingredients to a bowl: Flour, freshly grated nutmeg and salt.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture: Melted butter, white and brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, dark rum.
  3. Whisk together until smooth and then pour into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan lined with foil.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, cool and slice.

Baked eggnog cookie bar recipe in baking pan

How Do You Serve Eggnog Cookie Bars?

All there is to do is slice and serve. But the topping is where you can get creative. We stuck with a powdered sugar and fresh nutmeg topping for this cookie bar recipe. BUT you can also leave that off a use frosting to top these Eggnog Cookie Bars!

This cookie recipe isn’t super sweet, and we like it that way. Our oldest son said that it reminded him of a crumb cake, without the crumb topping. Since your Christmas cookie platter is bound to have some super sweet treat already on it, we like this one just slightly sweet as is.

But if sweet treats all around are your thing, make a homemade frosting (or grab your favorite brand at the store) and frost away.

Cookie bars stacked on a platter with red napkin

How To Store These Cookie Bars

This cookie bar recipe is not only a make ahead recipe, but can be stored after your party for several days if kept in an airtight container. I’m telling you, these are even delicious after 3-4 days, warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds and eaten with your coffee in the morning!

If you’re making these ahead of time, leave off the powdered sugar (or frosting) until right before serving. You can keep the cookie bars right in he baking pan you made them in, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then top and slice right before serving.

Eggnog Cookie Bars stacked on white plate with powdered sugar

Looking For More Christmas Desserts?

These dessert recipes can really be served all year long! We’ll list some of our favorites here that we like to serve for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and more!


Eggnog Cookie Bars stacked on white plate with powdered sugar

Eggnog Cookie Bars

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

These Eggnog Cookie Bars are perfect for all your holiday parties! Real dark rum and eggnog flavors make these cookie bars festive and party ready!



  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum or brandy
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners sugar for topping and freshly grated nutmeg for topping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the flour, fresh nutmeg, cinnamon and salt to a large bowl and whisk together.

In another bowl, add the melted butter, white and brown sugars, eggs and egg yolks, dark rum and vanilla extract. Whisk together to combine and then pour over the flour mixture and whisk to combine.

Line a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with foil and then spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and even out with a spatula.

Bake for 35 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool.

Once the bars are completely cooled, top with powder sugar and more fresh grated nutmeg, slice and serve.





Recipe Notes

Alternately, you can skip the powdered sugar and nutmeg topping and frost these cookie bars with homemade or store bought frosting.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


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