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To me, nothing is more festive than eggnog.  Snow falling, carols playing, and a glass of chilled eggnog is all it takes to put me in a festive holiday mood.  I know you can buy eggnog at the store without all the work of making it yourself…but I promise that the store-bought stuff can’t hold a candle to the flavor of homemade eggnog!  If you want to share, I’d love you hear some of your favorite holiday foods or drinks!

eggnog-top-smallIf you like the flavor of eggnog, but find it too rich to drink on its own, here are a few other uses for it:

·         Eggnog coffee and/or tea (use eggnog instead of milk and sugar)

·         Eggnog French toast

·         Eggnog rice pudding

·         Eggnog panna cotta

·         Eggnog bread pudding

·         Eggnog ice cream (just put it into your ice cream maker as you would any other custard)

·         Eggnog oatmeal (prepare oats with eggnog instead of water and/or milk)

·         As a replacement for milk in cookies, muffins, cakes, and/or bread recipes (recipe coming soon!)

·         Eggnog buttercream (recipe coming soon!)

·         Dark chocolate eggnog truffles (recipe coming soon!)


Remember that you have until December 20 at 9PM EST to submit a Christmas recipe (i.e., any recipe that says Christmas to you) for the All Through the Year Cheer event.  The prize for the winning recipe will be a one-year subscription to Cooking Light magazine!  Brandy and I are so excited to see what everyone comes up with! 



(Yield:  About 12 (1/2 c) servings)


6 large eggs

2/3 c white sugar

1/4 tsp salt

4 c reduced-fat milk (I used 2% milk, but you can use whole milk if you like your eggnog richer)

1 TB pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

3/4 c heavy cream

Cinnamon sticks (optional, for garnish)


In a 3 or 4-quart pan, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt; once combined, whisk in the milk.  Turn the heat onto the lowest possible setting and heat until the custard reaches 160F or coats the back of a wooden spoon, stirring frequently (this should take about 45 to 60 minutes).  (Or you could do this in a double boiler.)


Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove any pieces of egg, then stir in the vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Refrigerate until chilled (at least 4 hours).


Right before you’re ready to serve the eggnog, whip the cream into soft peaks and fold it into the cold custard.  Serve the eggnog in chilled glasses garnished with a cinnamon stick for stirring.  This keeps for about a week in the fridge.




Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Thank you for fixing this egg nog without the alcohol in it. :)

    I can’t wait to make it and the cupcakes!!

    1. Jules, Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I hope you enjoy the eggnog and cupcakes! :)

  2. I had seen on so many food network shows ppl using eggnog…was wondering the recipe of it. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I have yet to try to bake with eggnog. It seems fantastic!

  4. I love eggnog1 In Colombia we have our own variation….I should make it for my blog.

  5. Creamy, comforting goodness! Can see myself slurping all of that up.

  6. Fitness Surfer says:

    My hubby loves eggnog and the thicker the getter. I’m back and forth. I like nutmeg and eggs but don’t love it enough to put it on my “Oh so good, i don’t care the the label says” list =) I may try some in my oatmeal one morning. Love the other ideas too.

  7. Hi Faith! Egg Nog Yum Yum!!!! I would love my french toast soaked in this treat! Aren’t these seasonal flavors divine!! Your recipe looks fab. Can’t wait to see your upcoming eggnog based recipes!

  8. I love how your recipe is lighter than any of the others I’ve seen lately. Many of my friends have sworn off eggnog because they’ve only tasted really thick, cream-laden, boozy versions. I’ll have to give your recipe a shot sometime, and if no one likes it, then at least I can make ice cream with it! Thanks for the list of alternative uses for eggnog :) I’m eager to see that eggnog buttercream recipe!

  9. I’ve never made my own eggnog but I can just tell by your photos and recipe that it is magnificent! I just made a batch of eggnog cookies this evening and they were so delightful. Next time I’ll try them using your homemade nog!

  10. I do not like eggnog, but I didn’t know you could cook with it! Cool ideas!

  11. eggnog looks so good with the cinn stick…mmmm! Great recipe. Thanks Faith. Love that spicy closeup!

  12. I’ll try this recipe with pasteurized eggs so I can avoid getting sick. It really looks delicious.

    1. Ellie, Yay, I’m glad you’re thinking about making this! You shouldn’t have to worry about the eggs since they’re cooked to 160F. If you try this recipe let me know how you like it! :)

  13. I am not the biggest eggnog fan. I love the flavor but it is just too rich for me on its own. I love all your ideas for alternative ways to use it. Definitely going to try some. Especially that bread pudding! DELICIOUS. Using your eggnog recipe of course!

  14. I am really craving eggnog now! This looks amazing! And a little rum is good in it too!

  15. I haven’t had eggnog for years! So glad that you are sharing this recipe, definitely will try to make it :)

  16. Home made Egg Nog is a Christmas Eve tradition in our family and I would not have it any other way! It is worth the work and the calories.. Nothing compares to home made!

  17. Eggnog french toast is calling my name! Your photos are amazing!

  18. Mmmmmmmm delicious! I want to try making my own eggnog this year but have yet to get around to it. Well to be honest I have yet to get around to doing much baking at all. I love that shot with the cinnamon stick. It’s so artistic :)

  19. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Yummy eggnog! Looking forward to your recipes using it, especially the truffles!

  20. i’ve never liked eggnog itself, but i really enjoy baked goods make with its flavor. what can i tell you–i’m quirky like that. :)
    p.s. i LOVE the shot looking into the cinnamon stick.

  21. Mmmm I love eggnog–never tried to make my own!

  22. I LOVE eggnog but the “real” stuff hurts my belly. I find the soynog much easier to digest. I actually made a blueberry/eggnog bread pudding last year with it and it was awesome!!

  23. The kids and I really enjoy eggnog. I bet homemade is waaaaaaaay better than the store bought ones. I can’t wait to see all that you’ve made with your eggnog.

    Btw, sorry. I’ve been slacking in the commenting department. :(

    1. Ingrid, No problem at all, the holidays are a really busy time year! I hope all is well! :)

  24. Karyn Bernard (French Charming) says:

    I love eggnog and how wonderful that you have a recipe using skim milk as well as other ways to incorporate eggnog, the eggnog French toast sounds divine!

    Love and hugs,

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