32 Easy To Make Eggnog Desserts For The Holidays

When the festive season rolls around, there is no better time to embrace some of the wonderful flavors that come with it.

From gingerbread and cinnamon, to eggnog and peppermint – it isn’t the holiday season without these tasteful delights.

Eggnog is one of those things that only gets made during the festive holidays. This is because it is a warm, creamy, and very thick drink. However, if this is something you enjoy, then you can also create eggnog inspired desserts.

Easy To Make Eggnog Desserts for the Holidays

They are full of festive cheer, and taste absolutely amazing too.

In this article we take a look at 32 easy to make eggnog dessert recipes that you can do for the holidays – and guess what? Even those who do not like eggnog will enjoy these desserts.

Oh, and just a quick note – remember to leave out any of the alcoholic components when serving the desserts to children.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go!

1. Eggnog Magic Cake

We thought we would start off with this recipe because the name sounds very mysterious. It includes using three layers to create a soft and light cake.

The three layers include a cake layer on the top, a custard layer in the middle, and a very thin crust as the outer layer.

It may remind you of a cheesecake, but no cream cheese is needed.

2. No-Bake Eggnog Cloud Pie

Another recipe which has a cute name, but this time it is the cloud pie. It has this name because the no-bake pie is both white and looks like a cloud.

It includes using graham crackers for the crust, and then adding an eggnog inspired filling. To make it extra easy, just buy a premade crust base.

This cloud pie is also very light in texture and sweet.

3. Eggnog Based Cake

This eggnog cake is a wonderful thing to bake. Due to it having eggnog within the mixture, which obviously includes egg, it helps to keep the sponge moist and firm together.

The moistness is also helped by oil too, and the easiest part is having to use a cake mix. Yeah, that means you can cut corners guilt-free.

You will be left with a festive and light cake that is enjoyable to eat.

4. Eggnog Cheesecake Brownies

Brownies are delicious, and guess what? So is cheesecake. This recipe has both of these wonderful delights combined into one dessert.

To make this work, you will have to be quite strict when it comes to the ingredient ratios. If you are not, then there is a chance that the chocolate brownie flavor will overpower the eggnog.

5. Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

This recipe includes Oreo cookies as the crust, and a cheesecake filling which tastes like eggnog.

They are very moreish and easy to make. They also are a great idea as an easy gift for family and friends too.

They look very impressive and taste amazing.

6. Easy Eggnog Cookies

These eggnog cookies will go down a treat, and they go perfectly with a hot chocolate.

While the cookies themselves might not look that special, they taste wonderful. They include notes of brown sugar and cinnamon.

The frosting includes a delicious blend of rum, whipped butter, powdered sugar and eggnog. You can also add in another alcoholic component too such as brandy, sherry or whiskey.

7. Eggnog Rolls

Similar to cinnamon rolls, this eggnog version is a step-up when it comes to the holiday season.

They are also very easy to make. You just need dinner rolls and eggnog, and you are good to go.

You can place it on the table straight out of the oven and allow people to tear and dip.

8. Baked Eggnog French Toast

Usually French toast is soaked in milk and sugar, however this version is soaked in eggnog. It adds a spicy richness to this already buttery dessert.

It includes a streusel based topping which compliments it perfectly. However, do be warned though – you will be wanting this for breakfast every weekend.

You might not even want the traditional French toast either, especially once you have tasted this masterpiece.

9. Eggnog Panna Cotta With A Pistachio Toffee Crunch

For something that is both elegant and indulgent while feeling light as air, this panna cotta dessert is it.

It looks quite simple, which ensures that it has clean and simple flavors that work so well together. In this case it is eggnog and pistachios with a sweet toffee crunch.

The eggnog itself does not overpower the flavor, and instead it is more creamy.

10. Cranberry And Eggnog Bread Pudding With Bourbon

This delightful bread pudding includes both bourbon and rum, making it a very warming dessert to eat.

The eggnog is mixed into the custard which is added to the bread. You then may want to leave it overnight to soak in, before baking in the oven the following day.

It includes spices and delicious cranberries, as well as an alcohol infused frosting which you can go without if you prefer.

11. No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake

If you want to forgo the oven or the stovetop, a no-bake cheesecake is a great option. Plus, the cheesecake part of this dessert helps to remove some of that egg flavor associated with eggnog.

In fact, this eggnog cheesecake is both creamy and indulgent, and it doesn’t take a lot to create it. You will be left with a creamy and spicy delicious dessert.

12. Eggnog Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is both gooey and warm, and this eggnog version hits all the right spots during the colder months.

You and your family will be tearing this apart and enjoying it as a festive brunch. The eggnog flavored sauce is what keeps this bread held together.

13. Eggnog Carrot Cake Cupcakes

A carrot cake already includes some spices, so you will get quite the festive hit when you bite into this cupcake.

That is because the frosting also includes some spices, so you will get double the flavor.

The eggnog is added from the frosting, and it is both creamy and ever so delicious. If you have a family member who doesn’t like eggnog, at least you can remove it easily!

14. Eggnog Quick Bread Covered In A Glaze

If you are a lover of quick breads (why wouldn’t you be) then you are going to enjoy this eggnog alternative to the usual pumpkin version.

It is both fluffy and very light, and is covered in an eggnog glaze. Expect spice and creaminess in one tasty dessert.

Also makes a good Thanksgiving dessert too!

15. Fluffy Eggnog Pancakes

When the holidays are in full swing, there is nothing better than treating your family to eggnog flavored pancakes.

This recipe helps you to make delicious fluffy pancakes which include eggnog within the batter. You can then add whatever toppings you like.

They just add something different to your usual pancake fix.

16. Eggnog And Cranberry Muffins

These eggnog and cranberry muffins are very similar to coffee cake muffins (see further down the list). However, the biggest difference is the fact one uses coffee and the other is cranberries.

It is a very light muffin which can be eaten as a breakfast or a light snack during the day.

17. Eggnog Cupcakes Topped With Eggnog Frosting

Who doesn’t love a delicious cupcake? Not only do these look cute, but they taste absolutely wonderful too.

The overall flavor is quite soft and delicate. The notes that come through are vanilla and nutmeg along with the eggnog which makes it creamy.

You can then grate nutmeg over the cupcake for extra spice and warming flavor.

18. Eggnog Flavored Rice Krispie Squares

While Rice Krispies are a nostalgic treat, they also make a great base for many different flavors.

Eggnog is no exception. It also means you can add in some alcoholic flavors such as rum or brandy too. However, make sure not to add this if you are giving this sweet treat to kids.

Other than that, it is a sweet and spicy delight.

19. Eggnog Fudge

Whether you are creating a fun sweet or a festive gift, this eggnog flavored fudge recipe is sure to be a hit with family and friends.

It has a marshmallow and white chocolate base which does overpower the eggnog. However, this makes it perfect for those who do not like the eggnog taste very much.

The finishing product is a melt in the mouth fudge. Yummy!

20. Eggnog Poke Cake

If you are short on time, then a sheet tray poke cake is going to be your go-to. This eggnog version is both moist and light, and tastes amazing.

Once the sponge has been baked and you have added the condensed milk, you will then need to create and add the frosting.

The cinnamon and nutmeg keeps this cake festive.

21. Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

A pumpkin pie is an obvious choice at this time of year, and because it already has cinnamon added, including eggnog is an obvious addition.

You might not be able to return to just eating a pumpkin pie after experiencing this delight.

However, if you do have a family member or friend who does not like eggnog, then why not make a regular pumpkin pie and an eggnog infused one too?

It’s a win-win!

22. Easy Eggnog Dessert Dip

If you need a dip for your dessert, then this one is both festive and easy to make. Oh, and it tastes absolutely delicious too.

To create it you will need a vanilla flavored pudding mix along with some eggnog, whipped heavy cream and nutmeg.

It also goes nice with fruit and makes a change from dipping chocolate.

23. Copycat McDonald’s Eggnog Shake

For those who can never wait for McDonald’s festive menu, then you can make this milkshake before it becomes available.

It is also something you can easily whip up whenever you want to drink it, even if it is during the height of summer.

It is thick and creamy, and oh so very addictive.

24. Eggnog Pretzels

These eggnog pretzels are easy to whip up. All you need is to create a white chocolate and eggnog topping, and dip some salty pretzels within it.

You can also add extra decorative toppings too before the outer layer hardens. These make a lovely go-to nibble when people are after something sweet and tasty to eat during the day.

25. No-Bake Showstopper Eggnog Cheesecake Trifle

You may have had a trifle before, but trust us, you have probably never had one like this. Not only does it look like the ultimate showstopper, but it tastes great too.

It is full of festive fun with eggnog and warming gingerbread. Your family will be digging through the layers to get a taste explosion with every single bite.

If you would prefer not to use the cookies, then gingerbread cake is another option. It makes it a lot softer, though the presentation isn’t quite the same – so add the cookies as an extra.

26. Eggnog Based Snickerdoodles

There is always something fun about baking and eating Snickerdoodles.

Usually a Snickerdoodle includes the warmness of cinnamon, but in this version you will be using nutmeg.

It allows it to be a little subtle compared to the other spice, just make sure it is freshly grated.

27. Eggnog Hot Chocolate

While not a dessert, sometimes a hot chocolate may as well be. It is sweet and creamy, and often full of lots of calories, so it is best to drink it instead of choosing dessert.

This eggnog version is a delight for the senses, and it is very warming. It is easy to do as well, because you will only need to add the eggnog to the hot chocolate powder.

Add the trimmings too, such as cinnamon and whipped cream.

28. Eggnog And Coffee Cake Muffins

If you are looking for a festive breakfast, then these eggnog cake muffins are sure to get you up and ready to go in the morning.

It also includes an eggnog glaze, which you might find is popular with eggnog based desserts.

You get the best of both worlds with this cake: coffee and eggnog. However, you can eat them no matter the time of day!

29. Elegant Eggnog Mousse Parfaits

You may have created a mousse before which usually uses a heavy cream to help the mixture set, however this recipe uses gelatin instead.

While it does take a little effort to make these, it will be worth it in the end. They are light and creamy, with just a hint of spice.

Add a cinnamon stick as an extra.

30. Vegan Eggnog Inspired Marshmallows

This vegan recipe is great for those who can never find animal-free marshmallows at the store. This recipe uses agar agar powder and aquafaba to create squishy marshmallows.

However, while you will not be able to reach the creaminess that eggnog has, it does have the notes of spice with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Add some rum for an adult treat.

31. Eggnog Ice Cream

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, ice cream will always be a winning dessert. With this eggnog ice cream, you will need an ice cream maker.

Other than that, it is really simple to do. So, if you do have an ice cream maker that is still sitting in the box, then this recipe is something you can finally use it for.

Expect cold and creamy ice cream with hints of nutmeg.

32. Easy To Make Eggnog Pie

At this time of the year a pie is a great choice. While you might be more familiar with eating a pumpkin pie, it is always fun to spice things up.

You can do that literally by creating a spicy eggnog pie. To make this a quick pie to make, you will need to buy a premade base.

You can then mix the filling of eggnog and milk along with a pudding mix, and then add nutmeg along with Cool Whip. Easy!

Final Thoughts

From eggnog cookies and cupcakes, to eggnog ice cream and a simple trifle, there are many ways to enjoy the festive flavor of eggnog.

Heck, you can even make a delicious no-bake cheesecake to enjoy on a cold winter’s day with the family. The choice of Christmas movie is optional, of course.

Now that you have seen all of the eggnog recipes, which ones have stood out to you? We wouldn’t be surprised if you want to go ahead and make them all.

Fortunately you have a fair number of festive holidays ahead to keep making eggnog desserts in many different ways.

Enjoy baking your eggnog delights, and happy holidays!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Eggnog?

Eggnog is a traditional festive drink which is made up of eggs, egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream.

You can also add brandy to spike it up, and grate some nutmeg on the top. If you don’t like nutmeg, you can add a cinnamon stick instead.

What Is The Flavor Of Eggnog?

Eggnog has a creamy flavor that is also sweet. Some people say it has a similar texture and flavor to sweetened custard.

However, it also has notes of spice due to the addition of cinnamon and/or grated nutmeg. Some people also add brandy too, so it may have an alcoholic hit.

Why Do People Like Eggnog?

A lot of people like eggnog because it reminds them of the holidays. It also has a warming effect and lots of thickness – a little like drinking custard.

You can also buy eggnog premade which has different flavors too, but nothing beats making your own.

Do You Normally Drink Cold Or Warm Eggnog?

Surprisingly, eggnog is drunk as a cold drink. However, you can warm it through, especially if you have arrived home after being out during a particularly cold day.

You can also add brandy which may have warming effects, though the spices themselves will help too.

When Is Eggnog Usually Consumed?

Christmas is the usual time for eggnog to be consumed. Often people start drinking this festive drink when Thanksgiving takes place, all the way until Christmas day.

In fact, the 24th December is said to be National Eggnog Day, so make a note of it in your diary.

Can Children Drink Eggnog?

It is perfectly safe for children to drink eggnog, however, they may want to avoid any eggnog which has been spiked with brandy or another spirit.

Also, like with anything that includes a lot of sugar and fat, children will want to drink eggnog in moderation. It is both high in sugar and fat, so should not replace their milk intake.

Who Invented Eggnog?

It was England where eggnog was invented, however, the exact origins are actually unknown.

It is said to have been a drink invented for those in the British aristocracy as a drink to warm up in wintertime.

32 Easy To Make Eggnog Desserts For The Holidays

32 Easy To Make Eggnog Desserts For The Holidays

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