Eggnog Cookies {cake mix chronicles}


I’m thinking December is a busy month for you. Am I right? You’re probably hunting for gifts for everyone on your list, planning your holiday meals, making travel arrangements for family, buying and selling a house and moving in 30 days, etc. Wait, is that just me on the last part? Yeah.

We had a whirlwind of a trip to St Louis a few weeks ago where we looked at 64 houses in 13 different areas in 4 days…and oh, bought a house on that last day. I think everyone involved was shocked that we made a decision so quickly, but for one, the Lanes know what they want when they see it, and two, I’m so incredibly lucky that my husband and I have the exact same taste. I took two steps into this gingerbread-style house that was built in the 1920s and fell in love. I didn’t even walk out on the front porch or look in the closets before declaring that I love it, it’s perfect, and want it to be mine. Just one hour later, we were buried in paperwork and have been ever since.


So, if baking could be a little easier lately by using cake mixes, I’m all over that. But, I still only want mini desserts to serve two, so I divided up a yellow cake mix to give you a few desserts.  This week, I’ll be bringing you desserts for two using a cake mix! Are you as excited as I am?  Welcome to the cake mix chronicles!

I did the math for you: each cake mix contains 3 cups of dry mix.   I bought Pillsbury Moist Supreme yellow cake mix.  Any plain yellow cake mix will work, but don’t buy a cake mix that comes with pudding, fruit, or any other type of pouch to add to the mix.  Just plain.dry.yellow.cake.mix.  With me?

First up: frosted eggnog cookies. You only need 1 cup of dry cake mix from the package. Save the rest of the cake mix for another recipe later this week.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Yield: 8 cookies
  • 1 cup of yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold eggnog
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
For the frosting:
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons eggnog
  • freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients with a wooden spoon. Do not overmix.
  3. Divide the cookie dough into eight balls, and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 9 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Before serving, make the frosting by beating together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of eggnog. If the frosting is dry, add another tablespoon of eggnog to get it going. Frost the cookies and decorate with extra nutmeg.




  1. says

    Aww, congratulations! A gingerbread-style house? That sounds so you! Congrats again, super exciting news! And I’m with you on looking for any dessert that will make my life easier this time of year. These cookies look divine!

  2. Jessica L. says

    Yay, I’m so glad you found a house you love!! Which neighborhood did you end up deciding on? I just spent some time in the Central West End this weekend, so I think it may be back on my list to look at for when we move!

  3. says

    Congratulations on your new home!!! Show us pictures of your kitchen when you’re all settled in! Eggnog. Eggnooooog. Eggnog. I love eggnog..and I love it even more in treat form. I want to get inappropriate with these cookies :)

  4. says

    Oh girl. If only buying a house were that easy for us! I found one that I love but my hubby doesn’t love the yard, so it’s looking like a no-go. We are usually on the same page, but this time around we’re a lot pickier about it! I hope you do another home (or at least kitchen) again!

  5. Julie says

    This is exciting! I’m glad you found a house. Also, these cookies are great! I can use Stephie’s homemade cake mix for these, since I can measure out however much I need! I’m all for that. Have a great Monday, my dear. :)

  6. angelitakarmalita says

    Congratulations! I had to laugh, because your the only other person that I know that buys a house just like I do! I’ve made my realtor show me up to 40+ homes, and he was like “seriously?”, and I was like “I’ll know it when I see it”, when I bought my second home from his firm, he handed me off to someone else and was “here, she’s yours….” and that’s just how it goes. I’m so happy for you both, we can’t wait to see pics! I’m not usually a cake mix girl either, but I am definitely gonna have to give these a twirl…. Happy Holidays!

  7. Brigid says

    Congrats on finding & buying a house!! St Louis has lots of charm and character, so I know you’ll enjoy living there!! :)

  8. says

    This is such a great idea! Those cake mixes are often by one get one so we tend to have extras and I never know what to do with them! Congrats on the new house!!

  9. says

    What a simple cookie recipe. I think even with the new baby, I could so find time for these guys! Also, a BIG congrats on getting a house!!! I have friends in STL and in Maryville which is pretty close to STL so let me know if you are ever looking for some good places to dine or drink.

  10. says

    Congrats on the house! It’s so great that you have the same taste – that certainly makes these easier. :) I have to admit that I finally gave the cake mix in a cookie thing a try, and I’m hooked. It really does make things simple, and I love the flavors in this version!

  11. says

    Congrats on your home!! That is incredibly exciting! I hope everything goes will for you! I have to admit, I love cake mix cookies! You cant’ beat the ease. This eggnog version is divine!

  12. Kelley Perone says

    So I love these cookies, I’d like to make them for a cookie exchange party I am going to this weekend. However, I need to make 7 dozen. Should I just multiply this receipe by ten? Any suggestions?

  13. Nancy K says

    The house sounds adorable.Congratulations! I hope pictures will follow once you are moved in and settled.I hear St. Louis is a friendly and welcoming city. Can’t wait to try these cookes. Anything eggnog has my name all over it.

  14. says

    As you so fondly tweeted me, #incrediballs. Incrediballs so appropriately describes these cookies which have me salivating for some nog right now. Also, I promise never to use the word ‘nog’ again. Anyways, can I come live with you now??


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