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Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Homemade Eggnog Recipe

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: 50 min. + chilling YIELD:14 servings


  • 12 large 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 nutmeg, optional


  • 1. In a heavy 4-qt. saucepan, whisk together eggs, sugar and salt. Gradually add 1 qt. of milk. Cook and stir over low heat until a thermometer reads 160°-170°, about 30-35 minutes.
  • 2. Pour into a large heat proof bowl; stir in the vanilla, nutmeg and remaining milk. Place bowl in an ice-water bath, stirring frequently until mixture is cool. If mixture separates, process in a blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • 3. When ready to serve, beat cream in a large bowl on high until soft peaks form; whisk gently into cooled milk mixture. Pour into a chilled 5-qt. punch bowl. Sprinkle with nutmeg if desired. Yield: 3-1/2 quarts.

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

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

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."

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."

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!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

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

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

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

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

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

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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