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Eggnog Mini Loaves Recipe

Eggnog Mini Loaves Recipe

The seasonal flavors of eggnog, rum extract and nutmeg shine through in these moist, golden loaves. Tender slices go great with a cup of coffee. —Beverly Elmore, Spokane, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl, beat the eggs, eggnog, sugar, butter and extracts; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • 2. Pour into three greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • That's the spirit! Rum, brandy or whiskey can be swapped for the rum extract if you don't have it in your pantry.
  • Pay homage to another holiday cocktail, the Tom and Jerry, by adding a bit more spice to your batter. Try 1/8 teaspoon each of cloves and allspice.
  • To make removal a breeze, line mini loaf pans with parchment paper. Draping the parchment a couple of inches over the sides forms a sling you can use to pop the loaves right out.
  • To score a rustic yet chic presentation, tie with pretty string for easy gifting!
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 slice: 105 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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    shar6024 User ID: 1138668 253899
    Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

    "Made these for Christmas gifts. They freeze nicely and taste great. I also made them using muffin tins for a quick breakfast."

    Bahiya User ID: 8547112 240329
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

    "Yummy eggnog bread. Nice way to use my leftover eggnog."

    Edysub User ID: 6939957 239563
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

    "It was delicicous...I have made it many times."

    ckessel User ID: 4608609 238611
    Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

    "Thought this was a little bland so I added some fresh cranberries and chopped pecans. It really perked it up. Made about 30 loaves last Christmas for gifts. Plan to make more this year."

    smnystrom User ID: 7708951 224596
    Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

    "These tasted great but were very heavy."

    qalady01 User ID: 5774249 223593
    Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

    "Delicious! Great eggnog flavor and freeze well!"

    annemelican User ID: 8140749 223137
    Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

    "Simple and tasty"

    MontanaRonni User ID: 7436840 217667
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

    "I agree with Juniecat. Nothing special. I expected it to be much moister, like a banana bread."

    best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 216885
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

    "Yummy, moist and great at Holidays."

    butlermary75 User ID: 7370834 216312
    Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

    "Gave these delicious loaves as Christmas gifts. My friends & family loved them. Only change I made was to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla & 3 of rum instead of the suggested 2 of each. Yum."

    Juniecat User ID: 8021866 216122
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

    "This recipe was just ordinary, not much flavor. Will not make again."

    Lilyspace User ID: 4929300 216056
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

    "easy to make. Very moist and tasty."

    delowenstein User ID: 3766053 215620
    Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014 Edited Jan. 6, 2016

    "Thank you for sharing this recipe. It's a recipe which I think is really good. I admit that I had made adjustments to it and I'd added candied fruit (1-1/2 cups) with 1/8 cup flour and I Tbsp. ground Navel orange, plus I'd used 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. anise extract and 1 tsp. brandy extract. I also baked the loaves in one 7-1/2x3-1/2" loaf pan and two mini loaf pans for a 45 minute baking time. delowenstein"

    sue baker User ID: 1480922 215544
    Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

    "I made these loaves twice and both times I felt the bread was dry. It has a good flavor but definitely needs needs a bit more moisture. I may try and substitute half of the butter for applesauce and see if that will help. I did use the light eggnog and perhaps that is the reason for the dryness."

    Gizelyn User ID: 8159020 214980
    Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

    "I made an eggnog glaze and gave this bread as gifts! Everyone said this bread is delicious, so good that I could sell it and make a ton of money. I have made it twice now, once with rum and once with brandy extract. Everyone says it is delicious with either one. This bread will definitely go into my recipe collection."

    ceceforg User ID: 3618853 214689
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

    "I've made this cake twice and the first time my ingredients weren't as fresh as they should be, the second time I made sure they were and it really made a difference. Delicious."

    Janeinnh User ID: 3747225 214688
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

    "I felt it could use more zip, perhaps more nutmeg &/or cinnamon!!"

    snowlady2 User ID: 2919727 214675
    Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

    "How much salt???"

    lindabluelou User ID: 5672164 214645
    Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

    "Am I missing something? Only see flour and baking powder for ingredients. Gave rating of one since I had to rate to review, but I can't review what I can't make without ingredients."

    4catzlover User ID: 97027 214459
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

    "This bread was just okay in our opinion. Made two smaller loaves and ended up throwing one away. My husband, daughter and myself found it to be kind of dry and just nothing to entice us to eat the second loaf. It did taste like eggnog, which we love, but, was missing something. Threw the recipe away too as not likely to make it again."

    scorpiogirl64 User ID: 8030447 214443
    Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

    "very good! for sure a keeper! i made a glaze for mine using eggnog and milk- delish!!"

    PDoran4845 User ID: 252039 214200
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

    "Hi, does this bread freeze good? I am looking for mini loaves for gifts that I can make ahead of time & freeze. Thank you. Merry Christmas"

    legalprincess User ID: 5358117 133396
    Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

    "I made these as regular sized loaves (so I used 1 batch as 1 loaf instead of 3 mini loaves) and it turned out well. In one batch, I mistakenly put only 1tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of rum extracts...and it was actually better, I thought, than the recipes with 2 each. The rum, in particular, is a little strong in this. I will be cutting back to 1 tsp of the rum just because of my personal taste. I think it would be enough."

    AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 66947
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

    "easy to bake and loaves turned out like in the picture. The taste is definately eggnog and the smell of this baking is wonderful...your kitchen will smell like a donut shop! If you don't like eggnog or rum flavor than this recipe is not for you. The taste is good but I think it would be amazing with the right glaze or frosting. Does anyone have a recipe for a glaze or frosting for this? Also, the recipe does say to pour the batter into the pans. The batter is so thick that this is not possible. I used a measuring cup to fill the pans and then I had to spread it out. May try again if someone can supply a frosting/glaze recipe for this."

    Happygma User ID: 5114408 71444
    Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

    "se are scrumptious and have all the flavors of the season. They were easy to make and are moist and tasty. I added sliced candied cherries and chopped pecans to add to the festive appearance. My daughter and I glazed them and added red and green sprinkles and they made lovely, festive gifts. The recipe is a keeper."

    shryb User ID: 6025543 154573
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

    "OMGoodness! This bread is delish just as is, but if you don't glaze it you can toast it and, if it's possible, it's even better toasted with cream cheese! Try it!!!"

    SUENAN1 User ID: 6752964 136182
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

    "Yum - perfect Christmas gifts! quick and easy to make. Because I used an organic light eggnog without high fructose corn syrup, I anticipated the potential dry texture others mentioned. I increased both the eggnog and butter by 1 T each, and the texture is beautiful. Like others in the reviews, the batter doesn't pour into the pans - even with the increased liquids. It wasn't a thick paste, but I filled and leveled the pans with a spatula rather than a spoon or pour from the bowl. The texture of the finished product is more like a banana bread or moist coffee cake than a cake, for sure. I provided each loaf with a small container of an eggnog/powdered sugar glaze to be added at the recipients' preference. This recipe is a keeper, and the mini-loaves are ideal for friends and neighbors overwhelmed with holiday treats!"

    jazzydiva User ID: 6329915 159195
    Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

    "I just made a batch and I am confused. Is the batter supposed to be so thick that you cannot pour into pans?!!! Followed the recipe to the letter."

    denibd53 User ID: 5421095 155288
    Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

    "This sounds wonderful! Would it work just as well in the mini bundt cake molds?"

    sd20 User ID: 5560294 103075
    Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

    "If you like eggnog then you will like this bread! easy and tasty! :-)"

    glendastewart User ID: 57334 159194
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

    "I wonder-can these be made ahead of time and frozen?"

    luvtotaste User ID: 1517031 133394
    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

    "Just love the decorative display you made for your mini loaves. I know the Eggnog bread will taste great!! I made Eggnog cupcakes last year for Christmas and they were a real hit!!"

    dwvwilliams User ID: 1508891 133482
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

    "Made these for my children s Christmas cookie walk and was a BIG success! Had to make several batches for my family as well...delicious!"

    mamma482__MN User ID: 153984 155286
    Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

    "Moist and delicious. My family loved them and I WILL make them again."

    MN Baker User ID: 5829930 159193
    Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012 Edited Dec. 10, 2014

    "delicious and moist.....somewhere in the comments someone said these were dry - don't overbake or they will be dry. At 20-25 min I begin to check for doneness - also depends on size of pan (exact dimensions as recipe or you own which may be larger or smaller). baking rule 101 - don't depend on the time stated in the recipe, it is just a guide - some ovens cook faster."

    FlirtatiousMuse User ID: 5158219 72957
    Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

    "I don't see how someone stated these were dry.. The loaves are VERY moist - and tasty! I gave them as Christmas gifts. Everyone enjoyed them/ got rave reviews!"

    marisa1406 User ID: 3550579 82880
    Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

    "I decided to run a trial on this recipe since I would like to make them for gifts this year for the holidays. These were very good. Nice & moist. I did add 2 tsp. of spiced rum instead of the rum extract. I will add 1 more tsp. of cinnamon to the recipe when I make it again. Overall..very good. Planning to serve with apple butter or a cinnamon butter."

    Goth Girl User ID: 5717266 150302
    Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

    "I make this every Christmas...everyone loves it"

    linsvin User ID: 1584655 148519
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

    "Mine turned out moist and flavorful. Great gifts at Christmas time with the Christmas Jam."

    amagee10 User ID: 2559995 150300
    Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

    "I found these loaves to be rather dry. The flavor is good, but I would like it better if they were more moist."

    ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 66946
    Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

    "Very quick and yummy!"

    lovesgriffs User ID: 3587037 103069
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

    "I made these mini loaves as gifts for family members and they were all gone by the time our party was over!! These are simple and delicious!"

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