9 Downright Delicious Eggnog Dessert Recipes to Brighten Up Your Holiday
Pumpkin spice? That’s so yesterday. This holiday reason, it’s all about one traditional beverage that tastes like a creamier, more decadent take on a milkshake.
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The sweet liquid custard known as eggnog is always a beloved favorite, all thanks to its mouthwatering mix of eggs, cream, sugar, fine spices, and sometimes a generous dash of rum. And while eggnog is always a festive, scrumptious treat at the holiday table, it’s also pretty predictable.
Fortunately, there's a way to wow all your eggnog-drinking guests this season (and also their taste buds) with a wonderful eggnog-flavored dessert.
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Shake things up with these nine tantalizing takes on eggnog, each one certain to satisfy. From chocolatey morsels to no-bake dishes, a serving (or three) of these delicious picks will have you kicking your pumpkin-spice desserts to the curb.
Baked Eggnog Donuts
Who says doughnuts need to be fried? Nicole of Wonky Wonderful turns her bland breakfasts into mouthwatering feasts with plenty of gooey, glazed doughnuts —all perfectly baked, never fried. And what makes her recipe so delish? Her doughnuts are made with “full fat eggnog” featuring plenty of buttery sweetness to keep you warm all winter long.
Eggnog Chocolate Bread
What makes freshly baked bread taste even better? When each bite is bursting with chocolate chips … and eggnog. Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking came up with the genius concept of baking bread with eggnog to make it moist and fluffy, just like a cake. (Except it's still technically a bread, folks. Remember that.)
Eggnog Crème Brulee
You know the feeling you get when you crack at the caramelized sugar coating of a crème brulee with a spoon, only to unveil a thick, creamy custard underneath? You can enjoy that same satisfying feeling with decadent eggnog, as Karen from Citrus and Candy discovered. “I was left with a warm boozy afterglow, but isn’t that the most fitting end to any Christmas meal?” says Karen on savoring her eggnog crème brulee, a tantalizing treat for grown-ups.
Velvety smooth chocolate is always the perfect gift to give a loved one, especially when you procrastinated on the gift shopping. But an easy way to make this gift much sweeter is to make it yourself, and pile on thick, creamy eggnog. Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More does just that with her eggnog fudge, which is super simple to make, tastes just like the hearty drink, and highlights pure white chocolate.
Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
If drinking straight eggnog isn't your thing, Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest feels your pain. Fortunately, she managed to still incorporate eggnog into her sticky, glorious cinnamon rolls. “Even if you do not like eggnog, you will still love these,” says Tieghan. “They are the softest and most fluffy cinnamon rolls. The flavor is beyond amazing. It is like Christmas in a roll. Which I know sounds a little odd, but it is a good thing. Promise.”
Eggnog French Toast Bake
Jackie from Domestic Fits tells us that eggnog not only makes an excellent coffee cream, but it’s the secret ingredient to making any dessert extra mouthwatering. And if you’re looking to kick off any holiday on the right note, you may want to consider whipping up French toast that’s hearty, golden, and can be perfectly baked in minutes. Best of all? This recipe highlights a generous serving of eggnog and fresh spices to make it extra delectable, no matter the occasion.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies
“I think it’s safe to say these are my new favorite holiday cookie!” says Jaclyn of Cooking Classy on her crumbly eggnog cookies topped with velvety snow white frosting and nutmeg. “These deliciously soft and completely divine cookies do just as they're titled — they melt in your mouth!” she adds. “With their delicate texture and generous coating of eggnog frosting, they are likely to become a cookie you’re not going to forget about. They really do taste just like eggnog in cookie form, so basically, they are the best Christmas cookie ever.”
Mini Eggnog No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
Making individual cheesecakes for everyone sounds a lot of work, but we assure you, it's easier than you think — and it's all thanks to Nicole of Wonky Wonderful. Her mini eggnog no-bake cheesecake is exactly that: heavenly layers of silky smooth vanilla cream cheese atop a crumbly graham cracker crust. If that's not enough, a touch of eggnog is added to the cheesecake and then drizzled with eggnog caramel sauce and sea salt for a gooey treat you’ll happily sink your teeth into.
No Bake Eggnog Pie
When it comes to holiday desserts, you can never go wrong with pie. But what makes this treat from Gloria by Simply Gloria so noteworthy? There’s zero baking involved, leaving more room for eating. Featuring cinnamon, a brown sugar graham cracker crust, and “an abundance of a creamy infused eggnog filling,” her no-bake eggnog pie is dangerously delicious. Just be warned, you’re going to be all over this one.