When life gives you too much eggnog, turn it into an ingredient.

By Sarra Sedghi
December 16, 2019
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Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall and Kady Wohlfarth; Prop Styling: Kay Clarke

If there’s one beverage that takes the spotlight during the holiday season, it’s eggnog—even if you don’t like it, chances are you’ll end up with a bottle of the divisive drink. And even if you do enjoy it, eggnog fatigue is real: After all, you can only drink so much of it. Homemade eggnog lasts two to three days and the store-bought stuff is good for five to seven days, and depending on how much you have, using up extra eggnog can be a challenge. Whether you need to use a little eggnog or a lot, here are some ideas to make the most of that surplus.

WATCH: How to Make Homemade Eggnog

Upgrade your coffee

If you’re already a coffee creamer devotee, this one’s an easy fix. Just add a splash of eggnog to your morning (or afternoon) cup. You can also pair extra eggnog with espresso and make a Copycat Starbucks Eggnog Latte.

Make cookies

Use eggnog’s sweetness to add a festive twist to cookies. Hardcore eggnog enthusiasts will appreciate these Eggnog Cookies, which are topped with an Eggnog-Bourbon Buttercream, or these rich Eggnog Whoopie Pies. Meanwhile, these Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies put a nice spin on eggnog’s traditional flavors and couldn’t be easier to whip up.

Sweeten up breakfast

I’ve got three words for you: Eggnog French toast. Dress up your thickest, eggiest bread (We’re partial to challah and brioche) with eggnog and comforting spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, top it with easy bourbon syrup for a boozy kick. Add some fresh berries before serving for a nice fresh pop of contrast.

Make a cocktail

Sure, spiking eggnog is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with it. Play up eggnog’s sweeter side in dessert-inspired cocktails like this Eggnog Mudslide, Eggnog-Coffee Punch, and Eggnog Creamsicle. You can also impress your guests with this flashy Egg on Fire.

Make cake

For larger amounts of eggnog, go big and bake up an eggnog-inspired cake. You can incorporate the eggnog into your batter, as with this Spiced Eggnog Pound Cake, to add richness to a classic cake. The thick beverage also works as a custard layer, like in this Eggnog Magic Cake, or as a cream filling that accentuates a bolder flavor, as in our Gingerbread Cake Roll With Eggnog Cream.