What the Heck to Do with All This Leftover Eggnog

December 21, 2015

The moment November turns to December—and maybe even before—grocery stores everywhere somehow find space for one more item in the dairy case: eggnog, the thick, sweet, love-it-or-hate-it beverage of the holidays.

Whether you buy it or, fancypants, make it, you're bound to have some left over; a little eggnog goes a long way. And if you fall in the "love it!" camp, you're in luck: There are a lot of ways to use up your 'nog.

Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • An oldie but a goodie: Splash it into your morning coffee. And your afternoon coffee (spiked).
  • Any leftover rice would welcome eggnog as the start of rice pudding.
  • Just a couple of tablespoons left? Dribble it into powdered sugar and whisk with a fork to make a glaze for cinnamon rolls or a quick bread.
  • Add eggnog to pancake or waffle batter—or to the custard for French toast. Don't forget to grate a little nutmeg over the finished product.
What if this had eggnog in it? Photo by James Ransom
  • Use it instead of milk in a pound cake or coffee cake. You may want to slightly decrease the amount of sugar you use.
  • HalfPint recommends adding a bit of gelatin to turn it into a panna cotta or pudding. She also recommends making ice pops out of it!
  • And now that she mentions it, an eggnog crème brûlée or flan would work pretty wonderfully, too.
  • Make a wintry bread pudding, like Naina Lal does, with cranberries, orange zest, and nutmeg.
  • Use it as the base for a creamy, rich ice cream! (Now close your eyes and imagine it next to a slice of pie.)
  • Freeze it in ice cube trays—and add to your iced coffee.

What are your favorite uses for eggnog? (Do you ever have leftovers?) Share your tips in the comments.

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Terri December 26, 2016
I used eggnog* in place of milk for pastry cream and filled profiteroles with it. Luscious! I got high praise from guests. Next time (New Years Day) I'll cut back on the sugar since the nog is quite sweet.
*Organic Valley is The Best commercial eggnog, imo.
Caroline L. December 27, 2016
WOW! Love this idea, Terri.
Renée (. December 25, 2015
Cupcakes and frosting! This is by far the most "Pinned" recipe on my blog. All. Year. Round.
M December 24, 2015
Um... who ever has too much eggnog left over?! Drink, baby, drink!!!
Rebecca F. December 21, 2015
Eggnog pie!
Terri December 27, 2016
Recipe? The only one I find here is for pumpkin/eggnog pie.
Keith December 21, 2015
Missed one... eggnog caramels. Easy to make, just replace the cream with eggnog. I've done the ice cream as well, freeze the eggnog until summer and it is the best ever.
JulieKay December 21, 2015
Best egg nog ever...Purity Ice Cream store in Ithaca NY. No flavoring, just pure sugar, cream and eggs! We used it on oatmeal after Christmas. Oh, SO wonderful!
amysarah December 21, 2015
Maybe it's because I didn't grow up with it, but I've always thought egg nog was actually better in solid/semi-solid form - ice cream, flan, panna cotta, etc. As a liquid, I just find it too rich and viscous (ew, one of those words like "moist".) So that leftover 1/2 carton, courtesy of my son of the Midwest goyish husband, has found its way into many a bread pudding - and all the better for it.