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Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Once, I asked my mother how to make eggnog, and she showed me this recipe. After just one taste, folks will know this homemade holiday treat came from the kitchen, not from the store. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling YIELD: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 milk 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: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Eggnog may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for several days. Whisk before serving.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 411 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 247mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2018

"This recipe is done very well. I needed to pour mine through a strainer because I think I got it too hot too fast and there were tiny bits of "scrambled egg" but that was entirely my fault and after I strained it, it was delicious! Perfectly smooth. I convinced a friend (who gagged at the mention of egg nog) and she liked it too!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2017

"Is it a tradition to have eggnog at Christmas???? Just wondering be course i hear everywhere " We are going to have Eggnog for Christmas!""

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2017

"This is absolutely delicious and I feel safe feeding it to my kids! ?? Thank you! A great creamer for coffee too!"

Rhonda Gilbert David
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2017

"Delicious my mother used to make this every Christmas morning! Thanks for sharing. I've not had any homemade eggnog in years!"

Rhonda Gilbert David
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2017

"Delicious my mother used to make this every Christmas??????! Thanks for sharing. I've not had any homemade eggnog in years!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"I've used this recipe for YEARS...It makes almost a ''gallon'' by the time you add the ''Whipping Cream'' (I use an 8 oz. Container of Cool-Whip instead) ... You'll NEVER buy ''store-bought'' Eggnog again... You can add ''Nutmeg'' on top after you've poured it into glasses.. Also, any ''rum or brandy'' you'd like when you serve it...It's nice that it doesn't require 'booze'' in the recipe, it's KID FRIENDLY!! While it's cooking up to ''temperature'', I use a ''RoboStir'', which works great, you don't want the eggs getting lumpy.. IF you don't have this, stirring constantly is required, but if lumps occur, you can always get out the mixer!"

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 Edited Apr. 26, 2017

"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!!!!"

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