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Holiday Eggnog Recipe

Holiday Eggnog Recipe

This classic Christmas beverage is so smooth and creamy that you can count on friends and family coming back for seconds! Our gang loves it sprinkled with nutmeg.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 12 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Additional whipped cream and nutmeg, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, whisk together eggs, sugar and salt. Gradually add 1 qt. of milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until a thermometer reads 160°, about 25 minutes. Pour into a large bowl; stir in vanilla, nutmeg and remaining milk. Place bowl in an ice-water bath; stir frequently until mixture is cool. If mixture separates, process in a blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • 2. When ready to serve, beat cream in a bowl on high until soft peaks form; whisk gently into cooled mixture. Pour into a chilled 5-qt. punch bowl. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. Yield: 18 servings (about 3/4 cup each).

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aprilm User ID: 2396120 49441
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for 5 years now. It is the one treat that I look forward to every Christmas. I had toyed with the idea of not making it this year because I have recently become lactose intolerant. My family put up such a fuss, that I reconsidered. Apparently, this has become their favorite treat as well. This is most definitely a crowd pleaser."

giuffrida User ID: 2582807 48024
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"I have been making this eggnog since 1998 when it came out in the Taste of Home book. I have made it every Christmas & everyone just loves it. It is my # one request when I go to Christmas parties."

cathieoh User ID: 3142851 46699
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"Made a mistake, this looks okay. It does not have the raw eggs. But had just watched a video of eggnog and it had raw eggs."

cathieoh User ID: 3142851 202405
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"Did not make it. Eggs look raw to me."

kris14 User ID: 340312 44346
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"I wasn't a fan of eggnog but my dad loves it so when I first found this recipe in a Taste of Home recipe collection, I had to try it. To say the least, it was a hit & now if I make nothing else for our family Christmas, I have to bring the eggnog. It's made eggnog lovers out of my whole family."

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