35 Festive Eggnog Desserts

Go outside the glass! These eggnog desserts satisfy cravings for seasonal sweets.

Regardless of whether it’s homemade eggnog or store-bought, the holiday season isn’t complete without a glass of eggnog. But that doesn’t mean you can only drink eggnog.

These eggnog desserts use the iconic beverage in pie recipes, cakes, truffles, cheesecake and so much more. Serve these sweets at a holiday party, for Christmas Day dessert or as cookies for Santa!

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Eggnog Truffles

I found this eggnog dessert recipe in a grocery store handout. I tweaked the ingredients to create a stronger flavor and everyone loves them. They make great gifts during the holidays. —Angela Randjelovic, Independence, Ohio
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Eggnog Mini Loaves

The seasonal flavors of eggnog, rum extract and nutmeg shine through in these moist, golden loaves. Tender slices are just right with a cup of coffee. Use homemade eggnog or your favorite store-bought brand. —Beverly Elmore, Spokane, Michigan
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Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

My mom’s is the absolute best pumpkin pie I’ve ever tasted. Eggnog is her signature ingredient in the creamy custard filling. —Terri Gonzalez, Roswell, New Mexico
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Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

When the holidays roll around, my family eagerly anticipates sampling this eggnog dessert. Its rich eggnog flavor is delightful. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
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Eggnog Pie

Even better than holiday eggnog in a glass is eggnog on a plate! This creamy pie delivers all that rich, wonderful flavor. It’s pretty, too, with a sprinkling of nutmeg on top. —Florence Shaw, East Wenatchee, Washington
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Winning Cranberry Cheesecake

The holidays wouldn't be complete without cranberries and eggnog. I use them both in this flavorful cheesecake that's the perfect finale for a special dinner. Set it out at the start of the meal, not just to solicit "oohs" and "aahs," but to remind folks to save room for dessert! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog desserts are just right for the holiday season. This cookie’s flavor fits right into the holiday spirit—pick your favorite cookie cutter shapes to make them even more festive! —Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas
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Contest-Winning Eggnog Cake

This impressive layered eggnog cake, perfect for holiday parties, will make you wish eggnog wasn’t a seasonal ingredient. —Debra Frappolli, Wayne, New Jersey
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Holiday Cranberry Eggnog Cake

Got eggnog and cranberries? We use both in this yummy, moist cake for the holidays. Dollop with a sweet topping of whipped cream and Mascarpone. —Roxanne Peelen, Franklin, Wisconsin
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Christmas Morning Sweet Rolls

These make-ahead rolls have been a holiday tradition for years. The eggnog in the frosting makes them extra special on Christmas morning. —Kimberly Williams, Brownsburg, Indiana
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Spiced Eggnog Rum Cookies

One year, when I had a lot of eggnog on hand, I created a new eggnog dessert recipe. The flavor is subtle, but somehow the eggnog transforms regular sugar cookies into something exceptional for the holidays. —Mark Banick, Turner, Oregon
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Peppermint Cheesecake on a Stick

Surprise guests with a fun eggnog dessert—dipped cheesecake wedges you can eat without a fork. Whenever my son has one, he jokes that he wants to quit his job so he can sell them! —Maria Morelli, Kelowna, British Columbia
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No-Churn Eggnog Soft-Serve Ice Cream

As a fanatical lover of all things eggnog, I like to say that this soft-serve eggnog ice cream stole my heart. Served with gingerbread or holiday cookies, it’s bound to find a place in your heart as well. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Eggnog Biscotti

You may substitute additional eggnog if rum isn't your thing. For a variation, try using one of the flavored eggnogs available around the holidays. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
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Spiced Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

With its 10-minute prep time and lovely blend of mild eggnog flavor and spices, this is a dream dessert for a busy hostess! It’s a staple for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, my grown kids request it whenever they come to visit. —Patti Leake, Columbia, Missouri
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Eggnog Fudge

I experimented with many eggnog desserts before coming up with the winning combination of eggnog and fudge. —Richell Welch, Buffalo, Texas
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Reindeer Tracks

This is the first cookie recipe I’ve ever created! It captures the essence of the holidays because there’s a trace of eggnog flavor in these adorable reindeer hoof prints. You can add red and green frosting to make them even more Christmasy or use brown sprinkles for a more natural reindeer look. —Pam Sano, Voorhees, New Jersey
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Eggnog Cheesecake

I make good use of extra eggnog by creating this luscious cheesecake. A bit of rum extract adds a special taste. —Kristen Grula, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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Eggnog Fruit Fluff

I regularly fit blends of apples, blueberries and other fruit into my December menus. The eggnog in this dressing suits the sweet salad for Christmas. —Tami Harrington, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Cranberry Chip Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is no stranger at our house, but I wanted a holiday version. This eggnog dessert with cranberries is a breakfast treat or knockout dessert. —Katherine Wollgast, Florissant, MO
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Frosted Eggnog Cutout Cookies

My husband loves the creamy richness of eggnog, so I add it to the dough and buttercream icing in these cookies. Top each one with a sprinkle of nutmeg. —Joan Sarge, Asheville, North Carolina
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Eggnog Pound Cake

When you’re having company, this eggnog dessert—served with a custard sauce and a dash of nutmeg—inspires oohs and aahs.
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Eggnog Cutout Cookies

I created this cookie recipe because my sons liked eggnog so much. After frosting the cookies, you can add to their festive flair by sprinkling them with colored sugar. —Glenna Tooman, Boise, Idaho
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Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Trifle desserts make eye-catching centerpieces. I garnish mine using candy canes and red and green M&M's. Think of the merry possibilities as a kid-friendly project. —Cheryl Tompkins, Kingsville, Missouri
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Eggnog Pie

Even better than holiday eggnog in a glass is eggnog on a plate! This creamy pie delivers all that rich, wonderful flavor. It’s pretty, too, with a sprinkling of nutmeg on top. —Florence Shaw, East Wenatchee, Washington
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Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

My family loves everything cheesecake. These bars combine tart cranberries and rich cream cheese in an irresistible eggnog dessert! —Carmell Childs, Orangeville, Utah
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Eggnog Creams

I adapted a creamy, dreamy truffle recipe from a chocolate cookbook and came up with my variation to give as gifts. Rum and nutmeg add a bit of classic eggnog flavor. —Carla Manning, Grantsburg, Wisconsin
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Eggnog Bread

Someone always asks for the recipe when I make this rich eggnog dessert for the holidays or give as gifts. It’s easy to make and quite delicious. The bread is a traditional part of the season at my home here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. —Ruth Bickel, Hickory, North Carolina
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Double Whammy Eggnog Cookies

These cookies are an amazing way to use extra eggnog. They’ve become a new family classic. — Teresa Morris, Laurel, Delaware
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Cranberry Eggnog Muffins

No one in my house wants to finish the leftover eggnog or cranberry sauce, so I use those ingredients to make warm muffins that vanish. —Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont
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Butterscotch Eggnog Stars

These yellow star-shaped cookies with a “stained-glass” center are almost too pretty to eat! But they have a rich eggnog flavor that is irresistible. Although it takes a little time and patience to prepare, this eggnog dessert is worth every minute! —Cheryl Hemmer, Swansea, Illinois
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Overnight Cranberry-Eggnog Coffee Cake

To use up leftover eggnog, cranberries and pecans from the holiday season, I added them to a classic coffee cake recipe. Mix it all together the night before, and bake it in the morning. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
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Eggnog Fruit Bread

Presents from the pantry are a tradition in my family, and this moist, fruity quick bread is a favorite. I wrap loaves in cellophane and garnish with stickers and curly ribbons. —Margo Stich, Rochester, Minnesota
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Eggnog Mousse

Guests will always find room for this light, fluffy eggnog dessert. It makes an elegant, refreshing finish for heavier meals—and it’s also a great way to use up any extra eggnog in the fridge. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Eggnog Cream Puffs

If you want to receive rave reviews and recipe requests, combine two Christmas classics: eggnog and cream puffs. When it comes to Santa, this recipe goes on the “nice” list! —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York

Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.