Rich, warm eggnog flavored cookies rolled in festive Christmas sprinkles and topped with Hershey Hugs. I used Betty Crocker's Eggnog Cookie Mix which is a total time saver and results in deliciously soft, rich eggnog flavored cookies. Roll the dough in festive Christmas colored sprinkles or lightly dust with a pinch of nutmeg to make them extra special!
I know I know, using cookie or cakes mixes just isn't as good as the real thing. And I agree, until I stumbled upon Betty Crocker's (not sponsored) new limited edition holiday cookie mixes while browsing the Christmas section at Target - I'm sure many of you can relate to that scenario. I saw Salted Caramel, Molasses, Snickerdoodle and the one that stood out to me most - Eggnog. I love eggnog. And I love that you truly can only get it during the holidays because you don't get tired of it and, if you love it like I do, you get all giddy when you start to see eggnog on the shelves at the grocery store.
This cookie mix is magic. When you open the package the sweet, warm aroma of eggnog & nutmeg fill the air, seriously - this mix smells so good! You'll need 1 stick of butter; softened, and 1 large egg to make the cookies. I know this time of year people are all about baking and baking from scratch, which I'm totally all for, but I'm sure there are a lot of us that could some time saving recipes too, and that's what I love about these cookies. Saving time and still getting a delicious, festive holiday cookie is what this recipe is all about. I chose to adorn these cookies with sprinkles, because I love how festive sprinkles look and my fiancé will probably kill me if I don't start to clear some bottles from my sprinkle collection but that's a story for another time.
Onto the hugs. I chose hugs for these cookies because as much as I love Hershey kisses, I don't think hugs get enough love. You see many variation of "blossom" cookies this time of year using kisses so I thought hugs would be a nice way to change it up slightly.
These cookies bake up in no time which makes them perfect for parties, cookie exchanges, sleep overs, school events, edible gifts, leaving out for Santa....
I get that your busy, because I know I am and I don't even have kids! So I know anyone can appreciate a beautiful, no fuss, quick and easy holiday cookie. Just follow the package instructions for preheating the oven and preparing the cookie dough. Then, roll the cookie dough into balls and roll them in sprinkles of your choice or leave them as they are and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg when they are done baking. These cookies bake up quick, only 7 to 8 minutes of baking time needed. Once you remove them from the oven let them cool for a few minutes and then stick the Hershey's hugs right in the center of the cookie, pushing down slightly.
These cookies will be super soft when you first pull them out of the oven so allow them to firm up a little bit before you transfer them to a cooling rack.
Q: What holiday cookies are your favorite? Do you bake them completely from scratch or use cookie mixes?
Let me know what you guys are baking for the holidays in the comments below!
- 1. 17.5 oz package Betty Crocker's Eggnog cookie mix
- 1 stick unsalted butter softened
- 1 large egg
- Various holiday sprinkles for rolling- optional
- 1 package Hershey's Hugs
- Preheat your oven and prepare cookie dough according to package instructions.
- If rolling the cookie dough is sprinkles, pour sprinkles onto a small plate or into a shallow bowl to make rolling easier.
- Scoop cookie dough into small, 1-1.5 inch balls. Roll balls in sprinkles and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Bake cookies according to package instructions, mine were down in about 7-8 minutes.
- Remove cookies from oven, allow them to cool for about 3 to 4 minutes and then place the Hershey's hug right in the center of the cookie, pressing into the cookie slightly. Allow cookies to cool for a few more minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Keep in mind that the cookies will be very soft and look under baked when you first pull them out of the oven. Allow them to cool and they will firm up.
- Serve immediately after cooling or store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.