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Always Spiced, Sometimes Spiked: 25 Creative Eggnog Recipes

Pour yourself a tall glass of ice-cold eggnog, then use the rest of the carton’s contents in just about any of these 28 festive recipes! Prefer things totally homemade? Try out this terrific, from-scratch ‘nog recipe. In the mood for shots? We have you covered there, too — with boozy eggnog pudding shots, that is. Finally, there’s no need to light the oven to make our no-bake holiday Oreo pops — choose from eggnog, gingerbread or peppermint, or make all three for a terrific holiday trio!

Spiced Eggnog Cupcakes

1. Spiced Eggnog Cupcakes: Eggnog appears in both the cake and frosting for these tasty cupcakes. Cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg-spiced poundcake pairs beautifully with an eggnog-cream cheese frosting topped off with a caramel drizzle. (via Granola Girl Bakes)

Eggnog Macaron

2. Eggnog Macaron: Adding a splash of eggnog to the buttercream filling elevates this subtly spiced take on plain French macarons. (A great way to use up leftover egg whites!) (via Cake and Allie)

Eggnog Crumb Cake

3. Eggnog Crumb Cake: Eggnog and Greek yogurt team up in this variation on a sour cream coffee cake topped with big pieces of crumb topping. An eggnog icing drizzle provides the finishing touch. (via Chasing Some Blue Sky…)

Eggnog Breakfast Bread Pudding

4. Eggnog Breakfast Bread Pudding: Throw this eggnog and bourbon-spiked bread pudding together the night before and simply pop it in the oven come morning for an easy breakfast, perfect for a holiday morning! (via theKitchn)

5. Mini Eggnog Donut Muffins: Baked in a mini muffin tin, these treats are across between cake donuts and donut holes. (via Shugary Sweets)

Eggnog Crunch Biscotti (Vegan)

6. Eggnog Crunch Biscotti (Vegan): Grab a carton of soy “egg”nog to make these nut- and cranberry-studded biscotti. (via Oh She Glows)

Eggnog Waffles

7. Eggnog Waffles: No whipped egg whites here, simply a foolproof, easily adaptable waffle recipe that swaps the usual milk with festive ‘nog. Even better, any leftovers freeze well for a quick-to-prepare breakfast later on. (via Pink Parsley)

Eggnog Cake with Vintage Bourbon Cream Frosting

8. Eggnog Cake with Vintage Bourbon Cream Frosting: What a wonderful birthday cake for eggnog lovers — the included vanilla and gingersnap ice cream recipe is the perfect scoop to serve alongside. (via Life in the Garden)

Dulce de Leche and Eggnog-filled Donut Holes

9. Dulce de Leche and Eggnog filled Donut Holes (Kosher): Choose Your Own Adventure with this sufganiot recipe — dairy-free eggnog donut holes can be filled with your choice of an eggnog cream filling (also dairy-free) or dulce de leche! (via May I Have That Recipe?)

10. Our Ultimate Eggnog Recipe: If you’re looking for the best ‘nog around, this recipe is for you. The kicker? Whipped egg whites right on top. (via Brit + Co.)

11. Eggnog Cookies: These soft eggnog cookies finished with an eggnog glaze and sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg can be made as big or small as you like to satisfy any size appetite! (via Savory Simple)

Eggnog Monte Cristo

12. Eggnog Monte Cristo: A great way to use up holiday leftovers — ham, turkey or both! — these sweet-savory sandwiches make a great midnight snack. (via Call Me Fudge)

Eggnog Latte Cheesecake

13. Eggnog Latte Cheesecake: Soooo . . . there’s no actual eggnog in this cheesecake, but it’s packed with all of the same flavors of a coffee shop holiday latte — nutmeg, cinnamon, espresso. (And it’s way too gorgeous not to include.) The chocolate leaves on top are totally DIY — with a little help from Mother Nature — instructions are included! (via Korena in the Kitchen)

Eggnog Rice Pudding

14. Eggnog Rice Pudding: Totally from scratch, a batch of airy, bourbon-y eggnog is whipped together and then put to use to create a sticky, Arborio rice pudding. A perfect, warming treat to enjoy fireside. (via The Boys Club)

Eggnog Chiffon Pie (Paleo)

15. Eggnog Chiffon Pie (Paleo): Ginger cookie crust holds a homemade coconut milk eggnog pudding to create a luxurious, paleo-friendly chiffon pie! (via 17 Recipes)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Eggnog Muffins

16. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Eggnog Muffins: There’s so much good stuff going on in these muffins: eggnog, vanilla bean, banana, chocolate chips PLUS a cinnamon streusel topping and an eggnog glaze. Yum! (via Kevin & Amanda

Eggnog Crepes

17. Eggnog Crepes: Almost too pretty to eat, you can keep things simple with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a handful of berries, or jazz things up with one of several variations mentioned. (via Tartine and Apron Strings)

Cinnamon Sparkled Pastry Stix with Egg Nog Glaze

18. Cinnamon Sparkled Pastry Sticks with Egg Nog Glaze: Using store bought puff pastry makes these crispy, cinnamon-y sticks extra easy to assemble; a terrific breakfast treat or afternoon snack. (via Willow Bird Baking)

Eggnog Whoopie Pies

19. Eggnog Whoopie Pies: Handheld eggnog cakes are filled with a fluffy, marshmallow filling — a great cupcake alternative! (via Country Cleaver)

Cranberry Eggnog Cornbread Scones

20. Cranberry Eggnog Cornbread Scones: Cranberries and cornmeal add a nice pop of texture to these highly rated and otherwise tender scones. (via Allrecipes)

21. Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls: These cinnamon rolls have a secret — they’re from a can! What sets them apart is a homemade, eggnog cream cheese frosting. (Feel free to substitute your favorite homemade cinnamon bun or a loaf of Hungarian Cinnamon Swirl Bread as the base!) (via Your Cup of Cake)

22. Eggnog Frangelico Gelato: This homemade eggnog ice cream is enmeshed with hazelnuts in three distinct ways: spiked with Frangelico, dotted with chopped hazelnuts and swirled with creamy, chocolatey Nutella. Sounds to die for, right? (via Pass the Sushi)

Whipped Eggnog Loaf Cake

23. Whipped Eggnog Loaf Cake: Achieve a tender-crumbed loaf cake with a genius trick: simply fold in eggnog that’s been whipped until it’s airy, almost like whipped cream! (via theKitchn)

Eggnog Cheesecake with Biscotti Crust

24. Eggnog Cheesecake: No graham crackers here. Biscotti takes their place to form an anise- and almond-scented crust that pairs beautifully with the eggnog-inspired filling. (via Pink Patisserie)

Puerto Rican Coquito

25. Puerto Rican Coquito: Eggy beverages not for you? Try this traditional, tropical, ‘nog-like concoction from Puerto Rico instead. Coconut and sweetened condensed milk are spiced with the usual eggnog suspects — cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg — and spiked with rum to create a rich, egg-free cocktail. (via Shop. Cook. Make.)

So who looks forward to eggnog’s arrival all year long? Do you drink it by the glassful, or is it only OK when “hidden” in baked goods? Tell us how you really feel in the comments!