18 Christmas Desserts for Eggnog Lovers

eggnog frosting on molasses cookies on baking pan

Sweet, creamy eggnog is one of the iconic flavors of Christmas, but drinking eggnog isn't the only way to enjoy it. (Case in point: Eggnog French Toast.) Many of the ingredients that go into eggnog — whether you do homemade eggnog or buy it in a carton — are the same ingredients that you'd use in holiday desserts. Eggs and milk, spices like vanilla, cinnamon, and especially nutmeg go into making eggnog and enhancing the flavor of cookies, cakes, and more. We're sharing 18 of our favorite eggnog dessert recipes for you to try this Christmas.

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Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle

Trifle with gingerbread topping in glass dish
Shannon LaRea Livian

Layers and layers of Christmas flavors go into this centerpiece dessert. The recipe calls for a boxed gingerbread cake mix, but you can substitute a spice cake mix if you can't find the gingerbread kind. (Follow the lead of home cook lindsayandcory, who added a bit of ground ginger and molasses to the mix to enhance the gingerbread taste.)

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Eggnog Cupcakes

closeup of a cupcake in a festive paper topped with a swirl of piped frosting and red, white, and green sprinkles
"on Easy Eggnog Cupcakes". naples34102

These easy cupcakes start with a pound cake mix with eggs, eggnog, and nutmeg added in to flavor the batter. Then you'll top the baked cupcakes with an eggnog-laced butter and cream cheese frosting.

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Eggnog Cheesecake

cheesecake with whipped cream and peppermint Kiss on top

With 300+ 5-star reviews, this holiday cheesecake clocks in as one of the best eggnog-flavored desserts on Allrecipes. Several reviewers opted to use gingersnaps instead of graham crackers for the crust, and loved the results.

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Eggnog Pudding

Eggnog Pudding
Photo by lutzflcat.

While there's no actual eggnog in the mix, the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger you'll add in gives this vanilla pudding that unmistakable eggnog vibe. But if you do have eggnog, go ahead and use it instead of milk.

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Eggnog Custard

Eggnog Custard
Photo by Christy Cooks.

You're only four ingredients away from a simple, comforting bowl of eggnog custard. Home cook Kamokuu says, "Super easy with little to clean up! Turned out amazing with no alterations to the recipe. The custard melts in your mouth and for me and my family it was perfectly sweet and eggnog-y."

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Banana Nog Cake

banana eggnog cake

Recipe creator Amanda P says, "Using two of our family's favorites, bananas and eggnog, I came up with this yummy cake! Very moist and flavorful!"

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Eggnog and Apple Bread Pudding

eggnog and apple bread pudding

A delicious, down home bread pudding recipe that is spiced to perfection. Only 5 ingredients make up this rich dish of day-old bread soaked in eggnog and tossed with fresh apples.

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Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake
Photo by Menno de Koning.

What makes this holiday cake stand out are the dried blueberries, cherries, and cranberries soaked in brandy to plump them up. And then there's the simple brandy and sugar glaze. Nelly2 says, "I made this recipe last year for friends and family, it was a hit! They asked me to do it again this year."

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Bella's Eggnog Frosting

eggnog frosting on molasses cookies

A simple frosting that's great for spreading on molasses cookies or being eaten straight from the container! A little bit of eggnog flavor goes a long way in this recipe — whip up some for your family this holiday.

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Eggnog Pie

This pie filling is an eggnog Bavarian cream—a custard made light and fluffy by folding in whipped cream that's stabilized with gelatin. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and grated nutmeg.

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Eggnog Cookies

eggnog cookies on seasonal plate
My Hot Southern Mess

Bite into this soft eggnog cookie and see why reviewers rave about the lovely fragrance and spicy flavor. Great for sharing with loved ones or leaving out for Santa.

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Impossible Eggnog Coconut Pie

Impossible Eggnog Coconut Pie
Photo by lutzflcat. lutzflcat

You'll use your blender to whip together the ingredients for simple no-crust custard pie. Home cook geraldinesnq says, "It was amazingly delicious and how simple and awesome this pie was. I did not have nutmeg so I sprinkle with pumpkin spice and it was very good."

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Eggnog Thumbprints

Eggnog Thumbprints

This easy cookie recipe doesn't actually contain eggnog, but the filling for the thumbprint indentation is an eggnogg-y mix of butter, confectioner's sugar, rum, and a pinch of ground nutmeg. We like how home cook Kelly adds crushed candy cane as a colorful Christmas topper.

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Deep South Eggnog Cake

close up view of Eggnog Cake garnished with white icing

This eggnog layer cake is a showstopper. As reviewer sewfabamy wrote, "This is an eggnog lover's delight! Followed the recipe exactly, using store bought eggnog. It was so good [I] made it again for a party and it was loved! Then [we] made it a week later into cupcakes. My daughters came home from shopping trip and brought 5 cartons of eggnog so I could have enough to keep making this cake while they are home from college."

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No-Cook Eggnog Ice Cream

No Cook Eggnog Ice Cream
No Cook Eggnog Ice Cream. KGora

Break out your ice cream maker for this rich and creamy treat. Several reviewers grated a little nutmeg into the mix, and home cook SoCalAngel added two teaspoons of rum instead of the one teaspoon vanilla extract called for in the recipe.

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Festive Eggnog Fudge

Festive Eggnog Fudge
Photo by SunnyDaysNora.

Looking for an easy gift from the kitchen as holiday give-aways? Give this simple fudge a try. Top tips: SunnyDaysNora mixes the nutmeg right into the mixture instead of just sprinkling it on top, and reviewer HungryMommy uses white chocolate chips instead of vanilla candy melts, and adds chopped pecans.

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Eggnog Whipped Cream

Eggnog Whipped Cream
Photo by lutzflcat.

Rum and freshly ground nutmeg give this easy whipped cream its eggnog flavor. Use it to add an eggnog flourish to cakes and pies, or float a spoonful in your coffee or hot chocolate.

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Eggnog Crème Brûlée

Eggnog Creme Brulee
Kim's Cooking Now

A smooth, decadent way to end a holiday meal. The boozy drink becomes a custard that is topped with a scrumptious layer of burnt sugar. Super creamy and satisfying.

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