Whimsical Eggnog Cookie Gift Tags

A festive holiday idea for the entire family.

Why label gifts with a slip of paper when you can use cookies instead? This a festive holiday project the entire family can do together.

Mix food color and vanilla extract to paint designs on frosted, gift tag-shaped eggnog cookies. Then, thread a ribbon through the cookie, wrap it in a cellophane bag and attach to holiday gifts.

Another idea is to have each member of the family write a personal message and leave these whimsically detailed cookies on a plate next to a glass of milk for Santa on Christmas Eve.


Eggnog Cookie Gift Tag

eggnog-cookie-tagsServes: Makes 36 (1 cookie tag) servings
40 mins  Prep time  ♦   10 mins   Cook time


  1. Mix flour, salt and nutmeg in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract and rum flavor; mix well. Gradually stir in flour mixture on low-speed until well mixed.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on generously floured work surface. Cut into 3×2-inch rectangles. Cut corners from one of the short ends of each rectangle so they resemble the shape of gift tags. Make a hole in between the cut sides of the cookies with a drinking straw. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. To decorate cookie tags, frost with untinted Colorful Royal Icing. Place frosted cookie tags on cooling rack to dry. Meanwhile, prepare desired colors of Flavor Paints (see tip on Painted Sugar Cookies). Using small clean paint brushes, paint gift tag designs and messages on frosted cookie tags. Let dry.
  5. Insert ribbon through holes of cookie tags. Place cookie tags in small clear cellophane bags leaving ribbon exposed. Carefully seal bags closed with festive twist ties or smaller pieces of ribbon. Use exposed ribbon from cookie tags to attach to ribbon on wrapped gifts.

A big thank you to McCormick Kitchens for sharing their holiday recipes with our readers!

“We do a lot of celebrating – and eating – in December, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the seasonal flavors we look forward to all year,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “Make green ‘Christmas Tree’ waffles studded with chocolate candies as ‘ornaments’ and dusted with powdered sugar for the ‘snow.’ Or, mix popcorn with white chocolate, peppermint extract and red and green sprinkles for a party snack or edible gift.”  These these recipes will be featured this week. Stay tuned!

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