Homemade Eggnog Recipe
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Homemade Eggnog Recipe

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After just one taste, folks will know this holiday treat is homemade, not a store-bought variety. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


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


  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together eggs, sugar and salt. Gradually add 4 cups milk; cook and stir over low heat until a thermometer reads 160°-170°, about 30-35 minutes. Do not allow to boil. Immediately transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Stir in vanilla, nutmeg and remaining milk. Place bowl in an ice-water bath, stirring until mixture is cool. (If mixture separates, process in a blender until smooth.) Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.
  3. To serve, beat cream until soft peaks form. Whisk gently into cooled milk mixture. If desired, sprinkle with additional nutmeg before serving. Yield: about 3-1/2 quarts.
Editor's Note: Eggnog may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for several days. Whisk before serving.
Originally published as Homemade Eggnog in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p13

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AfterAgnesDowner User ID: 7584816 239220
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"Must stir while cooking or it goes lumpy/gritty . Good"

carlygiles User ID: 6894225 39817
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"This was so AMAZING! My family loved it, and it tastes better than what we used to buy from the store. The only thing I would do different is add more nutmeg because I love that nutmeg flavor."

cjohnikin User ID: 5222118 40618
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Excellent recipe! Very smooth but would like a little more thickness to the nog. Yields more than I need, so next time think I will half the ingredients."

lzf User ID: 6421934 40131
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"THis is VERY good!!!! I can not buy my favorite kind at the store any more so I've been looking for one to replace it... FOUND IT!!!! right here!!! I do wish I knew how to make it just abit thicker but other then that its perfect!!!!"

themacks2006 User ID: 3593780 39816
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"I make this eggnog every year for our Christmas open house and everybody LOVES it. A definite keeper recipe!"

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 12250
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I ve been making this for years. It never fails. So good!"

sharkie88 User ID: 2783032 39814
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"Delicious eggnog! Very easy to prepare, and I definitely will be making it again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1560477 15598
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"I never liked eggnog until I made this. I do not buy eggnog in the store because nothing tastes like this recipe! Yummy!!"

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